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New Food Menu At The Whiskey Jar

Relax with pies and perfectly crafted cocktails

Published on December 2nd 2013.

New Food Menu At The Whiskey Jar

THE Whiskey Jar really does seem to have it all, which could explain why it has built up a loyal following which makes the bar come alive right through the week.

The exposed walls somehow don’t seem stark. With the comfy Chesterfields and subdued lighting, the place has a homely feel. In fact, you might never want to leave.

These are no ordinary bar snacks

PhotoIf you’re feeling peckish, there’s certainly no need to go anywhere else. Hungry barflies needing to mop up the drink can chomp on a scotch egg or a sausage roll whilst the really ravenous can settle down to a steaming hot pie accompanied with mushy peas, mash and gravy.

These are no ordinary bar snacks. Take the scotch eggs for example: forget about rubbery eggs encased in off-putting grey matter, these beauties come in a range of delicious flavours and I for one intend to try them all. Cumberland, chicken tikka, chicken and chorizo, sweet potato and feta…mmmm.

Meet Mr Porky and Mr Hot too, as the sausage rolls are named. Delicious pork goodness with not a hit of trotter, these gentlemen, or gentlepigs, really show what can be done with the humble sausage roll, the latter enlivened with a blast of chilli.

As for the pies, well, they are provided courtesy of The Great North Pie Co. of whom we at confidential are massive fans (see our review here). 

P  The pies are going down a storm and in my book they’re the best in town – easy on the pastry, light and crisp with sensational fillings. As winter approaches, The Whiskey Jar is launching a new, seasonal range of pies.

There will be, Black Pudding Apple, Boxing day pie (curry and turkey), and Venison, Stornoway but they will also be keeping the old favourites of Lancashire Cheese & Onion and Chicken & Black Pudding for fear of provoking a pie riot.

There’s plenty to wash the food down with too. With a name like The Whiskey Jar you might expect the odd bottle of Scotch but, in fact, there are over 150 whiskies on offer with more on the way. Whisky cocktails like old-fashioneds and sours slip down a treat.

It’s not all about whisky though, or even about whiskey. There’s a good choice of beers and the ever-popular cocktails are as lovely as they look. They can only be described as hand-crafted happiness in a glass.

Or in a coupette, to be precise, if you have ordered a lemon cheesecake cocktail (and I recommend that you do). Limoncello, white wine, cream and cinnamon and gingerbread syrups are mixed together to create a liquid dessert of such yumminess that words barely do it justice.

EThe cookie jar cocktail, which is, as the name suggests, served in a jar, follows the same template of dessert-style deliciousness in a drink. Vanilla vodka is blended with coffee and chocolate liqueurs and then topped with a cookie. What more could you want.

If you prefer your desserts a little more substantial, you could try out the legendary cheese boards.

Comprising Blacksticks Blue, Guinness cheese, sticky toffee cheese, crumbly Lancashire and chilli cheese, these monsters are rounded off nicely (and generously) with chutney, cold meats and a veritable mountain of crackers. There’s no need to save this for afters.

I could nibble on one of these boards at any time of the day or night and fortunately that’s an option as food is served from noon till 9pm every day.

Whatever night of the week you head down there, you can be sure of good times. Other places may seem to be in semi-hibernation until the weekend comes round, but there is always something going on at The Whiskey Jar.

Tuesday nights are home to the now infamous open mic nights which have now moved to the earlier time of 7.30pm to cope with the swarms of troubadours. You’ll find musicians waiting for their spot, rehearsing on the stairs and practicing in the alleyways but with talent scouts and record company bigwigs turning up, who can blame them?

Now the new events space is open downstairs, even more of these musical shenanigans are on the cards with band nights, album launches and weekend DJs both up and downstairs providing a happy mix of house, northern soul, funk and soul.

There are plans afoot to burrow, mole-like, further underground and enlarge the space. With a bit of luck we’ll all be able to fit in for drinks and some of that delicious food.

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