This week I turned 22, and before flying off to Budapest for a little break with my boyfriend, I celebrated my birthday with my family at Sweetharts in Blackhill, Consett. I’ve been to Sweetharts a few times; they’re open from breakfast as a café and bakery and open as a bistro on an evening. The food has been delicious every time I’ve been and their bakery counter is seriously impressive, but I think the bistro on an evening is really something special.Firstly, we all chose starters. I went for the smoked haddock fish cake which came with mushy peas, a perfect poached egg, and parsley sauce. It was quite a big portion for a starter but I ate it all as it was so yummy – I especially loved the addition of the poached egg as the yolk oozed over the fish cake and mixed with the sauce and peas. My mam and Andrew both went for ham terrine which came with peas pudding, picallili and a mini stottie baked in Sweetharts; a really Northern but gorgeously presented dish. My dad went for the Korean chicken wings, a Sweetharts staple, and these probably would have been my choice if wasn’t wearing lipstick! Seriously messy but so delicious!
For mains both my mam and I chose the crispy pork belly. I’m so glad I chose this as it was really gorgeous. The perfectly cooked pork was served with cubes of black pudding and apple, a mustard sauce, beautifully creamy mash and crispy crackling. Again, the presentation was excellent. My dad and Andrew both went for burgers; Andrew the Korean Fried Chicken burger and my Dad the Sweethart Deluxe. Both of these were huge but looked delicious!
We were all stuffed after this and, although they’ve got a delicious sounding dessert menu, we all chose to take home cakes from the bakery. Since it was nearly Halloween I chose a really cute chocolate cupcake topped with a fondant pumpkin!Blackhill, Consett may not be your first port of call for high quality restaurant food but you’d definitely be surprised by Sweethart’s bistro menu. They’ve got such a wide variety of dishes that everyone will find something they like and the flavours and presentation are highly impressive. If I’d been served my meal in a fancy Newcastle restaurant, think 21 standards, I would not have been disappointed, but I would have paid twice the price. I would definitely recommend Sweethart’s to anyone!