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Porterhouse Butcher and Grill

A view of the exterior of Fenwick Department store in Newcastle upon Tyne as viewed from Northumberland Street.
Fenwick Department Store, Newcastle upon Tyne

I was pleased to receive an email a few days ago from 21 Hospitality Group, the group of restaurants and cafes in Newcastle and York headed by chef Terry Laybourne.  I was pleased to learn that  Porterhouse, one of the group’s restaurants within Fenwick department store in Newcastle city centre, is once again able to offer dining seven days a week and I was glad to have my memory jogged back to the last time I dined there. 

To be more specific, my visit to Porterhouse in March 2020 was the last time I ate out anywhere – just as the global pandemic was beginning to apply its grip and activities which we had come to view as normal began to be curtailed.

I remember my thoughts as I sat at my table watching the staff working around the grill and service areas:  “This may well be my last visit for a while”.  As the months passed, I started to view that meal out as a sort of pre-Covid personal landmark .  I pledged to myself that if this restaurant could survive the financial and practical difficulties the pandemic was causing that I would make it the first restaurant to head for when the dust settled from this extraordinary global event.

I wondered what might have been holding me back from reviewing the restaurant.  Perhaps uncertainty about prospects for the survival and continuation of businesses in the post-pandemic phase had been acting as a restraint.   Now, with the restaurant up and running, it’s time I converted my recollections and scribbled notes into a report.  Look out for a review of Porterhouse Butcher and Grill midweek.

A.P.

24 October 2021

Photo Credit: ID 156303264 © Kerry Taylor | Dreamstime.com

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