Bon appetit!

Not before time, Newcastle at last has an authentic French wine bar and restaurant in the shape of The French Quarter, which has joined the quirky businesses under the railway arches near Central Station.

The fulfilment of a long-held dream for owners Cedric Boc-ho and Catherine Metcalfe, this neighbourhood bar bistrot serves up good French wine at affordable prices, French bottled beers and Wylam ale alongside tapas-style dishes, cheese and charcuterie plates, and meals including escargots, moules, beouf borguignon, crème brûlée and tarte tatin. They’re building up a small deli also, so you can take home wine, saucisson, olives and the like, and they’re also selling their house white, red, and rose – just buy a bottle for £2.50 and they’ll refill it any time you like for £7. Hic!

Arch 6, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 1SA, tel 0191 222 0156,

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