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Shiremoor house farm
Shiremoor House Farm (North Shields)
Member Name: elizabethcullen
Shiremoor House Farm (North Shields)
Advantages: everything really
Disadvantages: you might leave some food
The Shiremoor house farm is a pub that we tend to go to quite a lot, because we know that it is consistent and will always be just as nice as the last time. We've never been and had any major problems, everytime we left we've wanted to go back!
It's not located in a city centre, but rather a 5 minute drive away from the Silverlink retail park, and around 10 minutes to Newcastle city centre so this means that while it's not exactly rural you attract a bit of a nicer clientele as its more for eating than wondering in for a casual drink. When you get to the pub in Shiremoor there is a car park thats free, there's enough space for maybe 90 cars and we've never had a problem getting a space but it has normally been very full. the pub is split into different sections, when you first enter you get to the bar and children aren't allowed there. Then there is a seating area in the granary, and tables around it, and then another back room, some bits are raised. We've always been able to find a table apart from one time, when we just got a drink and waited a few minutes for some people to finish (you cant book tables here though so don't count on it if you're brining a lot of people.) there is also an outside seating area. When I've been, its hardly ever been empty in fact its normally fairly busy and therefore has a really nice atmosphere and you can have a good conversation and relax over food and drinks. It seems like its quite traditional with the decor, nothing extravagant here its all quite rustic and simple.
The menu is not printed and on the tables as you would expect at other restaurants, but rather the starters and main courses are on big blackboards around the pub, and desserts are on the table. It changes every so often to do with whats seasonal or popular. I've not actually ever had a starter there before but they are definitely on offer, and I've seen things offered such as soup or salad, and some more interesting options of course! There are maybe around 15 main courses offered at once, and there's nothing too exotic as its all dishes that you'll have heard of and are probably offered in lots of other pubs, the thing here though is that they are made to order from fresh ingredients and so totally lovely! Things that are always on the main course menu are chilli, curry, hot beef or pork sandwiches, steak and gammon. Some other things that I've seen on the menu include steak and kidney pie, sizzling chicken with rice and chips and liver. The dessert menu is quite varied and I like getting such a choice everytime I go, since I always seem to want everything on the menu! There's always cheesecake and ice cream, then some other options.
The actual food is lovely, all the flavours are totally delicious and you can tell thats its been home cooked and not just warmed up. Last time when I was there I had a main course and a dessert; for my main course I went for a half portion of chilli con carne because from experience the portion sizes here are huge, and when it came it was the size that I would normally expect, and when I'd finished with it I was full so normal portion sizes here are too big for most people. The chilli con came served with both rice and chips and it was delicious, there was a good amount of meat and the sauce was slightly spicy. Then for pudding I had a chocolate and marshmallow tart, there was two slices of this and they were also filling, I think this could have done with being served with some ice cream though. My brother chose the warm Belgian waffles and ice cream, I tried a bit and would have to say that I definitely recommend this! For my half portion of chilli it was £4, and the pudding was around £3.50 I think and this is representative of all the prices on the menu, I see it as really good value for the amount and quality of the food that you're getting for your money. Soft drinks were around £1 each.
You order at the bar with your table then they bring your food over to you, I've always found it to be excellent service here. However the last time we were there there was quite a long wait but that was probably just because they were busy, and it wasn't so long it was unacceptable. I would definitely recommend popping in for a bite if you are passing here, and we'll be returning sometime soon!
Summary: great traditional pub :)