Friday 22 March 2019

The Highwayman Sizzling Pub In Whickham Review

AD - complimentary meal.

You know those day's at the end of the week when you are feeling a bit frazzled after a week of school runs, after-school clubs and chores and you just can't be bothered to cook? Well, that was me last week, after a busy week and with no motivation to cook that evening I decided to take the kids out for tea so we could catch up on what they had been up to at school and so I could have a break from cooking and the dreaded dishes. 

Finding somewhere to eat with kids can sometimes be a bit tricky, with fussy eaters and kids who don't sit still we always try and head somewhere family friendly with a relaxed atmosphere that serves food that the children enjoy. One such place is our local sizzling pub, which serves pub food the kids (and us grown-ups) enjoy, plus it is such great value for money too. I was recently invited along to the recently refurbished The Highwayman Sizzling Pub which is on Whickham Highway in Gateshead, not far from the Metrocentre. I have never visited The Highwayman before so we headed there for tea last week after school with my dad.  

Reading the kids menu at The Highwayman pub Gateshead

Arriving at 4pm on a Thursday tea-time the pub was fairly quiet with just a few other customers in. There was plenty of parking in the car park and we were served fairly quickly at the bar by the friendly barman who was our server for the evening. We were seated in a large booth near the window and it had such a great view of Newcastle in the distance, you could see the Tyne bridge, St James Park and other familiar landmarks so clearly. 

Child cheeseburger in a bun with chips and corn cob main meal

After a quick browse of the menu, we ordered at the bar and settled back down in our seats with a drink to enjoy the view and catch up on what the kids had been up to at school that day. After a short wait our meals arrived Cheeseburger in a bun with chips and grilled corn cobettes for Sophia and BBQ chicken with chips and grilled corn cobettes for Jacob. Kids meals were great value at just £4.99 for a main, drink (the kids had fruit shoots) and dessert. 

Child main meal BBQ chicken, chips and corn cob

My teen ordered the Messy Mexican chicken which was a Fajita spiced chicken breast topped with chilli con carne, crushed tortilla, grated cheese, jalapenos, sour cream and guacamole. This dish originally came with rice and fajita spiced corn but she was easily able to swap the rice for chips. At £7.49 it was a generous sized portion which she enjoyed, although she did say that it was not at all spicy like she was expecting. 

Messy mexican chicken with chips and corn cob main meal

My dad ordered cod and chips with mushy peas £7.29 which he seemed to enjoy. 

battered cod and chips with slice lemon and mushy peas

While I decided to try something different and ordered the Crispy sweet chilli beef (£8.99) crispy strips of beef topped with sweet chilli sauce on a bed of sizzling onions and peppers, served with rice, giant prawn cracker and jug of sweet chilli dipping sauce. My meal came out sizzling and was a generous portion size, personally, I thought that the sweet chilli beef lacked flavour and I don't think I would order it again as I know that sizzling pubs serve much better dishes that I enjoy more. 

sizzling pub main meal chilli beef rice and prawn cracker

The three kids ordered pudding, the younger two got the Build your own sundae which was included in the price of the kid's meals. Two scoops of vanilla ice cream, Cadbury buttons, fresh strawberries, chocolate pieces and chocolate sauce it is a fun dessert that the kids always enjoy. 

child ice cream, buttons, choc sauce, strawberries

My teen opted for her all-time favourite chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream and Belgian chocolate sauce £3.99. Served warm this huge wedge of chocolate fudge cake satisfied her sweet tooth. 

chocolate fudge cake and ice cream pudding

We spent a nice hour chatting over our meals, the Highwayman had a really laid back atmosphere to it and it seemed popular as it was getting busy as we were leaving. It made a nice change heading out for tea with the children after school, they all enjoyed their meals and left the pub with full little tummies ready for the drive home. Best of all I had no washing up to do hooray! 

Our bill for the evening was under £45 and that was for three adult mains, two kids meals with drinks and desserts, three large soft drinks and one dessert from the main menu. They also have cheaper options on the menu such as two adult meals for £8 if you wanted to spend less. 

Have you visited your local Sizzling Pub lately? 

The Highwayman 
Whickham Highway
NE11 9QJ

Open daily 11am - 11pm 

You can view menus and find your local Sizzling Pub at

Disclosure we were invited to review The Highwayman Sizzling Pub and received our meal free of charge for the purpose of this review. 



  1. It sounds like you had a lovely meal out. The Messy Mexican chicken looks so good. I could just eat that now. I don't think I've actually being to a Sizzling Pub before. x

    1. They are perfect for a family meal out, so affordable and family friendly too. You should visit next time you see one, there is a few in Cramlington and North Tyneside x

  2. Those meals look delicious - especially the messy Mexican chicken and crispy sweet chilli beef (two of my favourite foods!). It's great that they have such variety there!

    1. They really do have such a variety on the menu x

  3. Great review here. The food looks very yummy. I bet it was.

  4. I absolutely love pub foods and the Highwayman sounds like such a great place to enjoy a meal as a family.

    1. You can't beat a pub meal sometimes can you, proper comfort food x

  5. We haven’t had lunch yet and the Messy Mexican chicken is making us feel hungry. Looks like a good spread x

    1. My teen really enjoyed it, I had food envy lol x

  6. I have not heard of the Sizzling Pub brand before, will have to see if we have a local one

    1. They have them all over the country so hopefully there is a one near you x


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