The Fat Hippo's children's menu is nice and simple at £5 for a burger and fries. As everything is cooked to order, picky eaters can easily be accommodated. All three of my children wanted a bacon cheeseburger without the bacon (despite actually liking bacon!). This wasn't a problem at all.
Now when it comes to the Fat Hippo, I'm a creature of habit and I always order the Texas. I think I've probably eaten around 20 of them in my life already. Oooops! I decided that tonight would be the night that I would try something new. The Fat Hippo often run special menus at various points throughout the year and as a nod to the Olympics were running a special Brazilian-themed menu alongside their regular offerings. I ordered the Knockout Ned (only available until August 21st) from the Olympic menu and wasn't disappointed. Sometimes it's good to try something new! Steve went for the Stinky Pete which I would say is definitely his favourite.
Children are well catered for were given cute Fat Hippo colouring sheets to complete as we waited for our order. You can tell we're family as we all went for the same drink - a proper chocolate milkshake. Lush!
Our burgers arrived in around 25 minutes. I think Jack was a little overwhelmed by the size of his meal as he started eyeing it up when it arrived - the children's portions are very generous and will easily fill even the most hungry of children.
The kids all agreed that the Fat Hippo serve the best burgers in Newcastle and all tucked in without any of the usual moaning.
Grown up burgers are juicy and moist, the fries are crispy and the fillings generous. Things will get messy though so thank goodness for the rolls of kitchen rolls on the table. You'll need them!
After our epic mains it's fair to say we were fit to burst. I'd promised the kids some churros though (also on the special Olympics menu) so we ordered one plate between the five of us. I did seriously well to manage just half a churro but the kids managed to wolf them down - I do wonder if they have bottomless stomachs at times? They were good churros btw and if they pop up on a specials menu again, I'd recommend you try them yourself.
Heidi had to drain every last drop of her milkshake - she is honestly a machine at times!
This isn't the first time we've dined with the kids at the Fat Hippo and we have visted all three restaurants and give them all the thumbs up. The staff are always super friendly, the atmosphere is very chilled and laid back (no one raised an eyebrow when Heidi started demonstrating her gymnastic stretches by our table) and the food is always spot on.
Need to Know
- The Fat Hippo has branches in Newcastle, Jesmond & Durham. You'll also find them popping up at lots of events and festivals across the region.
- The Fat Hippo Happy Hour runs from 5pm-6pm Monday-Friday. 1 course £8 | 2 courses £10.50 | 3 courses £12.50
- Click Here to view the Fat Hippo Underground Menu
- The Fat Hippo Underground is indeed underground - just next to the Theatre Royal so perfect for pre-theatre dining. There are steps to navigate so pushchairs will need to be folded/carried.
Disclosure : We received a complimentary meal but were not obliged to write this post. We just wanted to share the love about the best burgers in Newcastle.