GOOD traditional pub grub comes in a variety of disguises and of varying quality – a steak and ale pie can come in many incarnations.
I have a friend who judges pubs by their steak pies – and based on this alone the Pow Burn in North Shields is worth a visit.
I went along with my other half and another couple to sample the new menu, which has been brought in by new manager Michelle Kennedy, who took over six months ago.
Michelle told me she wanted to concentrate on good quality basic ingredients as a basis for her dishes.
And I know you will be asking where I was going with the steak pie – and I’ll simply say this – the Pow Burn’s British Steak and Black Sheep Ale Pie – at a very reasonable £6.50 – is a REAL pie.
It does not – like in some other places – come with a piece of pastry dumped on top – it comes as an actual pie. And my friend was certainly very impressed.
I personally love a good steak – and it has to be cooked very rare – and the 8oz rump came exactly as I had requested.
For £7.39 it was excellent and of far better quality than I had expected. I had mine with the gorgeous blue cheese and mushroom sauce, which comes at a £1 supplement.
My other friend wanted his steak cooked at the opposite end of the scale – well done – and he too was impressed with what he got – including the creamy peppercorn sauce he opted for.
The other half rather boldly went for the gigantic 16oz mixed grill, which included sirloin steak, gammon, pork loin, chicken breast, sausage and egg as well as all the trimmings. This also got a massive thumbs-up, although he didn’t quite manage to finish all of it.
There is also a children’s menu with a lot of choice and our friends commented that they would definitely come back with their girls as there is so much choice and great value for money.
That comment goes for the rest of the menu too. They say that you get what you pay for, but at the Pow Burn you get so much more than that. After seeing the prices, the food was beyond my expectations.
Prices start from £2.99 for sandwiches and wraps, and on the main menu there are selected main courses at two for £6.25 or a burger and a drink for £4.99.
There is also an extensive selection of wines, beers and cocktails – including non-alcoholic ones.
We went along on a Sunday afternoon and it was fairly quiet. Given its location in Bedford Street I expect it will be much busier during the week, when the shops are open.
Not being at all familiar with pubs in North Shields I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now I know it’s there I’m definitely coming back.
For opening hours and to view the full menu, visit www.smithandjonespubs.com/pubs/the-pow-burn/
By Petra Silfverskiold