With already established venues in Manchester and Chorlton, my colleagues and I were excited to try The Laundrette the week following its official opening in Newcastle.
Our first impressions were positive, with a warm welcome from sales manager Bethany. The contemporary décor was modern and stylish and the lunchtime atmosphere was lively yet laid back.
The Laundrette promises a menu that’s packed with ‘fun’ and you can choose from ‘prewash’ appetisers, ‘small load’ starters, ‘full load’ mains, ‘easy care’ salads and ‘extra spin’ sides.
Cocktails and carbs play a big role on the menu – something my colleagues and I were happy to get on board with – but a good selection of lighter bites will appeal to grazers, too.
Our server, Melissa, was friendly and attentive, and the wait time between courses was just right. We were all impressed by our starters, but the real winner was the truffle smoked cheese fondu and garlic dough balls – what’s not to love?
For mains, I put The Laundrette’s take on the staple burger to the test, and it didn’t disappoint! A succulent patty was topped with crisp pancetta, cheddar and a lovely dill pickle mayo.
For its range of pizzas, The Laundrette offers something different to the traditional toppings – and a few of the choices took my colleagues’ fancy; the béchamel base and carbonara toppings proved rich and tasty.
The highlight of our experience, however, was undoubtedly dessert – where The Laundrette’s motto of ‘eating is treating’ really comes to life. The desserts, complete with candy floss and popping candy, were quirky, unique and genuinely good fun.
With a great atmosphere, welcoming team and delicious food, The Laundrette is set to become a popular destination in Newcastle city centre by night and day.
Bresaolo & buffalo mozzarella caprese, pickled wild mushrooms and truffle cream £9.50
Truffle smoked cheese fondu and garlic dough balls £6.50
BBQ baby back ribs and celeriac ‘slaw £7
Pizza carbonara; mozzarella, pancetta lardons, grana Padano, runny egg yolk and parsley £11
9oz ribeye steak, garlic, roasted vine tomatoes and fries £21
Beef burger, pancetta, cheddar, dill pickle mayo, lettuce and tomato £12.50
Basil mint panacotta, chocolate honeycomb and a peach straw £6.50
Affogato; espresso shot, vanilla ice cream and amaretto £5
Raspberry screwball and prosecco jelly cheesecake £6.50
48 Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1TT
0191 261 2334