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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle

Every year is the same - I know at least one lucky person who is travelling to Germany to experience Oktoberfest and can't help but feel a pang of jealousy. Steins of beer, hearty food, singing and dancing in the street - it certainly looks like my sort of festival. Luckily for us, Oktoberfest has filtered over to the UK and there are now a few places in the North East where you can grab a slice of the action. We were delighted to be invited along to The Broad Chare this week to check out their version of Oktoberfest in the toon.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - entrance

The Broad Chare is a 'proper pub' on Newcastle's Quayside. Often regarded as one of the best places in Newcastle to enjoy Sunday lunch or grab a beer, it's certainly a popular spot. The pub was awarded a Bib Gourmand by the Michelin guide this week which recognises good food and good value and is high praise indeed.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle Quayside

Steve and I have often popped into the bar for snacks (we recommend their scotch egg) and a pint but had yet to venture upstairs into their restaurant so this was to be a whole new experience for us. We had heard very good things from friends.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - German beer

First things first and we ordered a German beer from the bar. I am no beer connoisseur and asked the barman for his recommendation - he was happy to let us taste a few and Steve and I settled on two of the German beers on offer during Oktoberfest. Lowenbrau Oktoberfest and Spaten Oktoberfest were both very easy to drink. I would have LOVED to have ordered a stein (£9) however I'm not sure I'd be fit to look after the kids if I did so we had to settle for a half pint - some other time though.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - German beer

The dining room upstairs is stripped back and warm and thanks to the exposed bricks and naked light bulbs it has a sprinkling of hipster about it.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - restaurant booths

As with the beer, I wasn't sure what to order and I think in this situation it's always best to ask the staff and just go with it. Our server recommended Obatzer to start (beer cheese with radishes and pretzel - £6). I would not have normally ordered this but his recommendation was spot on. I could easily sit and eat a double portion of this with a couple of beers. So morish!

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Pretzel and beer cheese

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Pretzel and beer cheese

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Pretzel and beer cheese

For our main course we decided to share the Bavarian 'Wurst Platte' which is a plate of mixed sausages with sauerkraut and potato salad for £22.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Bavarian Wurst Platte - German Sausage Platter and Sauerkraut

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Bavarian Wurst Platte - German Sausage Platter and Sauerkraut

I will be honest when the plate arrived as I was disappointed by the sausages that looked like the kind of hotdogs I occasionally serve the kids from a tin for less than £1. Steve convinced me to try one and I'm so pleased I did - I can confirm these ones were much nicer! My favourite was the larger sausage that was chargrilled and tasted like it had just been cooked on an outdoor BBQ. If you love sausages, this platter won't disappoint. The dish is very substantial and more than enough for two - a special mention must go to the bread roll which was still warm, fresh from the oven and served with artisan butter. It's attention to detail like this that really makes the Broad Chare stand out.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Bavarian Wurst Platte - German Sausage Platter and Sauerkraut

Service was friendly and professional without being intrusive and Steve and I spent the whole lunch planning our future travels around Germany (Berlin here we come!) and felt very relaxed. It really was a lovely way to spend a rare afternoon together.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - bread roll

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - proper beer

Now onto dessert. I had my eye on the Black Forest Gateau (or Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte) to give you it's proper name ever since the Broad Chare posted this pic on their Facebook page. WOW! This impressive cake is actually baked in 21's kitchen across the road by a specialist team of pastry chefs and transported across. I'm sure we've all been in the situation where we've ordered a pub dessert only to be disappointed to find it has been bought in bulk from Costco - you definitely won't get that here. 

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Black Forest Gateau

I would go as far as to say that this is the best piece of cake I've ever eaten. As I texted my friend (and cake lover) about it, she mentioned that Black Forest Gateau is a cake you rarely find on a restaurant menu and she's right - grab it while you can I say. It is £6 you won't regret spending.

As I tucked in I was immediately transported back to my childhood in the 80's when my mum would often bake this treat for us on a Sunday. Sorry mum but the Broad Chare's version is 100 times better - there's just a light touch of kirsch and it is nice and light so doesn't leave you with that horrible bloated feeling you sometimes get when you order a full three courses. If I had to pick a stand out dish from the meal, this would definitely be it.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Apple Strudel and Cream

Steve ordered the Apple Strudel which always reminds me of one of my favourite scenes from Inglorious (tense!). It was also delicious and tasted just like Christmas in a bowl - in fact the dish has inspired Steve to cook his own version for Boxing Day this year. Personally though, I think I was the winner and would 100% opt for the gateau every time.

Oktoberfest 2016 | The Broad Chare Newcastle - Apple Strudel and Cream


Need To Know


  • These dishes (and beer) are available every day throughout Oktoberfest which runs at The Broad Chare until 16th October 2016.
  • See here for The Broad Chare Oktoberfest menu.
  • To make a reservation call 0191 211 2144 or book online here.
  • There are also a selection of Oktoberfest snacks available in the bar which start at just £3.40 and are perfect with a pint or a glass of wine after work.


Disclosure: We received a complimentary lunch in return for an honest review.
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13 comments

  1. OMG, I can't wait to wait pretzel, they look so yummy with sweet potatoes.

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  2. Bloody hell you got that up fast!! Total blogging pro! I'm so excited to get down and try these as you know and this has made me even more excited! We are Broadchare regulars but I've not blogged it yet. It's probably our favourite date place!

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  3. Such a cool idea and the food looks fab!

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  4. Oh my goodness I will have to visit at once that looks amazing!!

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  5. I'm not sure that the food here would be to my taste but my friend would absolutely LOVE this. Going to send her the link now as she always used to travel to Germany for Oktoberfest when we were in uni but now that shes working full time, she doesn't have the extra holidays left to be able to go this year at least! xxx

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  6. I must have time travelled from the 1970s without realising it because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Black Forest Gateau .. it is literally my favourite dessert of all time and if I ever spot it on a menu I get ridiculously giddy. It's so hard to find so it's like absolute dessert gold dust!

    ... just trying to work out if I'll look silly dining along on Black Forest Gateau if I pop in one lunch time!

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  7. That looks really yum, and good the staff gave recommendations as well. I'd love to try a Sunday roast there!
    JH | hellojenniferhelen.com

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  8. I would love to go to Oktoberfest too as it looks like so much fun. The deserts look so good.

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  9. I'm off to Berlin next week and this post has just got me super excited, I can't wait for some sauerkraut!

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  10. Oooo that food looks lush. Look's like you had a good day xx

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