Having both visited and reviewed Vanilla over a year ago & being in the area it was my choice for a casual business lunch return visit.
Unsure of the opening times we arrived a little early at 11:50am and parked just at the front door (Parking time limit 60mins)
First through the door at 12 noon we were made welcome by polite and attentive staff. Within 20 mins the restaurant was half full, so that can’t be a bad sign.
The lunch menu is well priced and offers just a little different from the mainstream in addition to sandwiches and soup of the day.
Not one thing wrong with sarny & soup though as this was our choice, the Mushroom, Potato & Leek soup was one of the best I have ever tasted, creamy, piping hot and served with pesto / tomato bread. The staff had no problem making up a ‘non menu item’ sandwich to my taste, try chicken, celery & mayo on brown bread sometime! Yum!
Soup & Sandwich Combo £6.50
Diet Coke £1.90
Lunch 12:00 – 15:30
Fri & Sat 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Sun – Thur 5:00pm – 9:00pm (8:30 Sun)
Early Bird Menu Available
Sun – Thur 5:00pm – 8:00pm (Closed Wed evenings)
The service was prompt with the staff keen to offer any advice on local matters, the toilets were spotless, I think everyone has the use of one very large disabled facility.
I did not ask or avail of wi-fi, so can’t comment, the restaurant is licensed and would be a great first date venue, no doubt they were booked up that night as we visited on St Valentine’s day.
I can see why Vanilla is currently No 1 In Newcastle & No 3 of 314 in the whole County Down, since my last visit standards have been very well maintained and a credit to them. Keep up the good work.
A must visit if in the area, for any overseas readers Newcastle is a perfect base for exploring the whole of County Down & beyond.
Tip: Much more available Free parking is available on the parallel road to the Main St on the sea front with access available through a narrow pedestrian path.
Any questions feel free to ask me,
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