Barluga Deli in Morpeth is part of the Fluid Group who operate a number of establishments in the area and in particular Newcastle City centre.
If I was to ever win the lottery and realise my ambition of opening my own food establishment, these guys would certainly get the call for their design services. They have a fantastic eye for quality and detail and Barluga Deli is no exception. Top marks for decor, and lest face it when entering a place for the first time its one of the things which makes you feel a place is right for you.
I had been wanting to give this place a try for a while, but I had always either timed it wrong for (me to eat) food, or it being too busy, so on a recent Saturday morning we hit on perfect. There are two eating areas. One small area downstairs, and a much larger area upstairs (the provision of a lift is another plus point for those who find stairs difficult). We made our way upstairs and were seated very quickly. It was that sort of time between breakfast and lunch so it wasn't too busy, but I was delighted when I opened the menu to see they served their Barluga Breakfast all day. Easy decision. My wife opted for the Eggs Benedict, which is a favourite treat of hers.
Two Cappuccino arrived very promptly and we didn't have long to wait for the food to arrive either. The breakfast was full of your usual fayre: bacon, egg, 2 bangers, black pudding, oven dried tomato, baked beans and two slices of toast.
Now I have a thing about my baked beans touching my egg on a breakfast. I know I aint alone on that, but its one of my pet hates. Imagine my delight when the beans were presented on the plate in their own little dish. Top marks just for this!! Overall the breakfast plate was let down slightly by it having an overall dryness. I suspect it had been sitting on the pass under those hot lights a little to long, but didnt devalue my enjoyment of it. In addition the two slices of toast looked like they had just been waved at the toaster rather than spending any time under it. Accompanied by one small pat of butter, meant I had to request another one, which was forthcoming pronto.
My wife's Eggs Benedict got the thumbs up from her. An English Muffin split and toasted (well I refer to my previous comments as the muffin too had only just flirted with the toaster), Parma Ham topped with two perfectly cooked Poached Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce. Her verdict was that it was one of the best she had had outside of New York. Praise indeed.
Overall it ticked all the right boxes and there was enough on the menu for me wanting to return and try other items. The decor and ambience alone will ensure that.