The transformation of Fluid on Gallowgate into Bealim House bar and kitchen has helped to gentrify this popular pre- and post-match spot, and to make it a favourite haunt for professionals during the week, too.
Situated over two floors, it offers a rustic-yet-chic interior – think exposed brickwork, stripped flooring, antique leather seating and vintage tiles – with the quirky addition of having the city’s only working in-house gin still.
A packed schedule of afternoon meetings meant that my dining party and I had to swerve the booze – even the tempting on-site produced ‘hibiscus gin’ – on the lunchtime we visited.
Instead, we indulged in Bealim House’s food offering, which is best described as homely fare.
For starters, we shared the well-executed black pudding and chorizo scotch egg, spicy chilli calamari and mussels with a fragrant Thai green sauce, before tucking into our mains – of which, the fiery chicken tejan (a cross between a stir fry and a stew) with fried peppers, onions and Nepalese spices, proved the best.
Two of us decided to end our meals with desserts. A classic rhubarb crumble and a creamy strawberry cheesecake with basil made us glad we had.
With its central location, vintage décor, extensive cocktail and artisan beer menu and comforting food, it’s easy to see the appeal of Bealim House – day and night.
Black pudding and chorizo Scotch egg
Chilli spiced squid
Thai green curry mussels
Spicy chicken tejan with fragrant jasmine rice
227g rump streak with slow roast tomatoes, watercress salad and peppercorn sauce
Pan roasted cod, chorizo, cherry tomatoes, sautéed new potatoes and tomato ragu
Strawberry and basil cheesecake
17-25 Gallowgate, Newcastle