Business Lunch: Pleased To Meet You 

October 6, 2017

Chloe Holmes visits the city-centre bar and eatery

Just off Grey Street, High Bridge has transformed in recent years to become a vibrant street in the heart of the city centre, and Pleased to Meet You is certainly in good company, with an eclectic mix of independent businesses.

Pleased To Meet You serves beautifully crafted cocktails, a selection of international gins, a vast range of beer and wine and a good hearty menu with interesting flavours and local produce.

With recently appointed head chef David Kennedy now at the helm of the kitchen my colleagues and I were interested to see how the menu has developed, and if it would compete with other upmarket restaurants around the region.

We were seated at a table by the window, looking out onto the bustling street.

The newly-renovated restaurant, has a contemporary feel, finished with exposed brick and copper details, cue an ‘interior goals’ snap!

My colleagues were impressed by the daily menu, with an appetising selection of starters, mains and grazing boards.

Starters of hand-dived scallops, pork belly, apple and fennel, and whole baked camembert, with apple chutney, were rich and indulgent, an excellent showcase of the talent and finesse apparent in the kitchen.

The main courses were equally impressive in presentation and taste. The side dish of locally sourced buttered walled garden greens was fresh and perfectly seasoned – a brilliant recommendation by our server.

I opted for the slightly more modest lunch menu, which offered two courses at a very reasonably priced £12.95, and three courses for £14.95, served Monday to Friday, 12 to 7pm. Each dish was beautifully presented, full of flavour, and definitely a generous serving for a lunchtime special.

Brandade croquettes with roast garlic mayonnaise, followed by a 6oz rump steak and thrice cooked chips certainly did not disappoint! Of course, I left a little room for dessert – a light vanilla pannacotta with apple and gingerbread. A delightful way to finish my lunch.

With beautiful food, a great atmosphere and such a convenient location, there is no wonder PTMY is such a popular choice!

Pleased To Meet You 
41-45 High Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 1EW

On the menu:

[Lunch menu, two courses £12.95, three courses £14.95]

Brandade croquettes, roast garlic mayonnaise, tomato and tunnel shoots

6oz rump steak, thrice cooked chips, roast tomato and foraged watercress – £2.00 supplement

Vanilla pannacotta, apple and gingerbread

[Daily menu]

Whole baked camembert, toasted baguette and apple chutney £6.95

Hand dived scallops, pork belly, apple and fennel £11

Saute of king prawn, saffron and Iberico ham risotto with samphire £17.95

Roast corn-fed chicken, garlic creamed mushrooms, potato croquettes, leeks and spinach £16.95

Buttered walled garden greens £2.95

Thin cut fries with parmesan and rosemary £2.95