I have a confession to make. I’ve lived in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne for a long time know, I pride myself with knowing many things about most places. Of course, I knew about Bealim House, I mean, LOOK AT IT, it’s a gin distillery! But, I’ve never actually been (come on though, it’s another new one!), even worse though, I couldn’t work out where it was, then couldn’t for the life of me work out how I’ve missed it! It’s beautiful!
When my housemate sifted through the 80-odd restaurants to choose where to go tonight, she chose this one. What a choice; she can stay, she’s not getting kicked out just yet. What was once a print works, Bealim House still carried the rustic feel, despite being a nightclub “back in the day”.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BEALIM HOUSE.
You can find a better write up of the history here, but Bealim House was once a print works owned by John Beall in the 1890s. The name “Bealim House” is therefore an amalgamation of “Beall Lim(ited)”, and the family moved out of Bealim House in 1931. The building on Gallowgate has had a number of different names and tenants since then, including a cycle shop and an air raid shelter. The building was then acquired by the Vaulkhard group in 2000, the people also behind Barluga, Perdu (and associated late night bar, All Seeing Eye), MSA and Central Bean coffee, to name a few.
After the building housed the previous Fluid Bar, the group honoured the original heritage and history of the building and gave it a complete rebrand and renamed it back to “Bealim House”, which opened it’s doors in Summer 2015.
The Beall family are also still running their business, you can find Bealim Signs in Cowgate!
If there’s another thing to come out of (or into) Newcastle, it’s Gin. Gin festivals, many many many gin bars (and some opening soon too! Shhhhh) and this here Bealim House is Newcastle’s first authentic Gin Distillery. Their drinks menu include their on-site, own brand ‘hibiscus’ Gin. I had two gin-based cocktails; a Lychee Cooler (Newcastle Gin, Kwai Feh, Lemon & Cranberry Juice) and then a Raspberry Gin Sling (Raspberry-Infused Newcastle Gin, Sweet Lemon Juice, Ginger Beer). Lucy had a fantastic Glazed Apple Old Fashioned (with maple syrup and a caramelised apple!) and then an Acapulco (Olmeca Tequila, Bols Cassis, Lime Juice).
Bealim House is the home of The Newcastle Gin Co. and the little copper vat in the corner there will be it’s distillery. They also seem to be really hot on the ‘infusing’ trend; from orange, hibiscus and raspberry, they also have Kilner jars full of herbs, flowers and spices that I bet they have so much fun experimenting with – just let me loose in there and I’d come up with some great concoctions. The whole place seemed to have quite a botanical feel to it.
We went for the Chicken Skewers and the (Gin, of course) Salmon to start, both were really lovely, the different flavours from their counterparts (the aioli and the horseradish cream) seemed to really compliment them. The chicken was succulent and tasty, and the whole meal bread was fresh.
For Mains, I went for the risotto while Lucy had the sausage and mustard mash. My risotto was…okay, a little too al dente for my taste. Lucy’s Sun Dried Tomato & Basil sausages were beautiful in the onion gravy (I wish I got them) however she said it got a little bit rich towards the end – she finished it off though! The main menu itself actually looks amazing, with far more choice. They even do breakfasts from 9am so I will definitely be back for a meal (and a few more cocktails) one day!
Lucy is a pudding fiend. She had already decided she was going to have 3 courses (for £15) at Bealim House before she had even got there, and that was that. I was saying I’ll only have two (knowing full well she will eat pudding and make me watch anyway because she does that), as I’m saving space for the 4 days of #BlogstaurantWeek I have left. I was sitting there with my cocktail when Lucy’s White Chocolate Nemesis arrived. I can’t explain to you her face when she had her first spoonful, she made me have a taste, and, blow me down with a feather, it was a party in my mouth, so I ordered one too. Lucy, the pudding connoisseur even said that it’s possibly the best dessert she’s had in years (and that’s saying something!). I had the Chef out to ask for the top-secret recipe (which he gave me a vague version of it).
I’ll be having dreams about it, it doesn’t look like the white chocolate version is on the main menu (Restaurant Week perks, sorry) but I sincerely hope my housemate decides to have a go at home (I don’t bake, but I’ll wash up if she shares!).
Dress: Red Herring (old), Cape Balzer: Lavish Alice, Arm Cuff: Topshop, Shoes are my old work shoes!
17-25 Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4SG
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