Trendy Newcastle enclave Jesmond – popular with students and creative types alike – is home to the city's latest foodie destination. In amongst the bars and eateries on Osborne Road, Jam Jar is offering American-themed dishes combined with comfort food, the likes of which are hard to find elsewhere in Newcastle.
The quirky mismatched tables and chairs and bare décor deliver a super-casual vibe and unless you are part of a huge group, bookings aren't necessary.
Prepare for some serious food envy and big decisions.
The infamous jam burger is a favourite but the pulled pork bun also scores big meat points. Both are generously portioned, served with crispy wedges and some delicious house 'slaw.
However, there are also steaks and salads on offer and for the supremely hungry (or greedy, but we're not judging) try the cow vs pig – pulled pork and a burger. All food is sourced within a 20 mile radius so it's the best Northumberland beef in your burger and North Sea fish accompanying your chips.
The comfort food theme extends to dessert: the key lime pie was very tasty and there are also indulgent brownies and an Eton Mess for diners with a sweet tooth.
Jam-infused house cocktails (and mocktails) are served in jam jars – see what they did there? Expect great twists on traditional drinks. We particularly liked the whisky and marmalade combo. If beer is more your thing then continental lagers and craft beers are on offer too.
We hear the Sunday lunch at Jam Jar is hard to beat and we have also been tempted by their buttermilk pancakes – whether it's brunch, lunch or dinner – expect to pay this new eatery more than one visit.
Mains start at around £8 with cocktails about £5.
Jam Jar, 88 Osborne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AP
0191 9087158, jamjarjesmond.co.uk
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