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“The Bank Low Fell!”

The Bank Bar Bistro
Ranked #43 of 278 Restaurants in Gateshead
Price range: US$5 - US$65
Cuisines: Contemporary, British, Cafe
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Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Bank Restaurant and Bar is set in the former Grade 2 listed Lloyds Bank building in the heart of Low Fell high. In November 1841 Tomas Wilson, a poet of considerable repute in Gateshead, opened the Literary Rooms on Durham Road. Created by architect Thomas Oliver of Newcastle and build by Thomas Liddell of Lowfell, the upper section of the building was used as a school for the local children until the opening of a new school on a site at Kells Lane in 1895.The building was taken over by Lloyds Bank which closed in the late 1990's. The Building has now been recently refurbished and opened as The Bank Restaurant and Bar. Providing a New Chef, New Menu and great staff.
Reviewed 1 April 2013

Booked a table at The Bank for twelve people for the Easter Celabration as a treat after hearing some mixed reviews! We were all served drinks and everyone placed there orders however this is where the problems began, 11 starters were brought out my partners never came out! after complaining they fetched hers out! however everyone had finnished theres by this time.

The main courses were brought out and they were all mixed up, I was given a burger after ordering a steak, after mentioning this to the Irish waiter I was confronted by him to be told that I had not ordered a steak. The mix up with the food could have been forgiven however to be called a liar by a very rude and ill mannered waiter was just not acceptable. I asked to see the manager at this point! only to be told again that i was infact a liar even though i had eleven friends who could vouch for me! The manager (VERY VERY RUDE) then informed me he was going to ring the police as he thought I was being aggresive (upset yes) but agressive I was not. He then ran down stairs to get the doorman to try and intimidate me into accepting the mistake. We left after refusing to pay for 4 of the meals, do not go to this bar the staff are repulsive! I have never had the need to write a review but I cannot stress enough how shocked I am at the manager and Irish waiter who should not be working in a prison kitchen let alone a public bar.

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT GO TO THIS BAR SAVE YOUR TIME AND MONEY! GO TO SUBWAY ALONG THE ROAD!

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13  Thank dave s
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Reviewed 30 March 2013

Booked a table for Saturday evening. Had a quick drink downstairs, the place was packed with the usual 'make believe millionaires' but the service was good and the décor has been well thought out. The restaurant wasn't busy and the service was very attentive, the French head waiter was particularly good. The food was excellent (beetroot starter followed by the duck salad) and the wine selection was excellent. The overall bill wasn't bad about £25 a head, this compares well to much lesser restaurants in the centre of Newcastle. We only had the table booked to 7:30pm but this was plenty of time. Will be visiting again very soon, an excellent addition to eating out in Gateshead. Different but on par with the Eslington.

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3  Thank businessvisitorNE
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TheBankBarBistro, General Manager at The Bank Bar Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2013

Thanks for taking the time to review your experience at The Bank - We are adding more to the menu and different daily menu's. Please keep checking the website and the usual social media for updates. See you soon at The Bank

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Reviewed 29 March 2013

Had lunch there yesterday and appalled at the lack of service. It took ten minutes for the waitress to bring us a menu, twenty minutes to bring the drinks, and despite our request to be served within half an hour, the food arrived after half an hour. The duck salad was miniscule, even for a starter portion, the barbecue chicken wings were rubbery, and the whitebait was stone cold and greasy. To add insult to injury, the tables are quite small, and I had to put some dishes on the unused table next to us, as we had no room to eat, and the waitress was nowhere to be seen. The waiter turned up eventually and placed the dishes BACK on our table, moved the table, and left without taking the dishes, leaving us having to eat amongst a pile of dishes that should have been cleared away. We had to go to the bar to pay the bill, again as the staff were nowhere to be seen. A shame, because alot of effort has clearly gone in to the decoration of the restaurant, but it falls flat on the service.

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4  Thank MrsYDurham
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Reviewed 26 March 2013

My partner and i went for a meal at the bank, we were greeted with friendly staff, the atmosphere was warm and inviting ....We had chicken which was cooked beautifully and finished with cheesecake ....i may have to run away with the chef !!!....Excellent ...highly recommended.

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2  Thank jadecrosby
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TheBankBarBistro, General Manager at The Bank Bar Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2013

Cheesecake's my favourite to!! Plenty others to chose from though - need to hit the gym!!! Keep checking social media for other offers we have running - see you soon. Thanks for the review

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Reviewed 22 March 2013

The "venue Low Fell has been waiting for" is, apparently, an aptly-named but socially bankrupt hub of exclusion and aspiration, boasting a palpably bland menu and the kind of inverse snobbery one expects to find in Dalston. A reviewer in local rag 'The Evening Chronicle' mentions nearby competitors are "outright scary", but with the Zeitgeist Police on speed dial, The Bank's owners are here creating something far worse (tautology alert): an overpriced scenester parade that preys upon class-based prejudices and fears, consciously catering to Low Fell's higher earners with a literally and monetarily elevated establishment that has all the charm and character of a middle-class dinner party... thereby reinforcing social tensions with its unapologetic whiff of exclusivity.

But who cares? Onward and upward into this Grade II-listed former bank, with a polite greeting from the doorman, paid to judge on appearance quicker and more sensitively than most ("It keeps the riff-raff out," I heard one patron remark approvingly!). Enter the venue itself, step to the bar, say "sorry" ad nauseam to fellow customers and staff in whose way you're guaranteed to be if you're standing, well, just about anywhere, for this is a haven of bottlenecks at peak hours (and let's be honest, why else would you go to a place like this other than to be *seen by others*?). Get to the bar, order your smartly-dressed date a cocktail and then order yourself a 500ml bottle of Tyne Bank ale (pints aren't fashionable enough, but if you want one you're on Premier or San Miguel at just less than £4 a pop); kid yourself you're supporting local breweries and resisting the unpleasant financial imperatives of globalisation while trying to tot up the maths (you're paying over £5.50 a pint). Careful that the cocktail doesn't evaporate by the time you've paid (on your credit card) or doesn't empty itself with all the nudges that come with negotiating your way to that corner table nobody can be bothered to negotiate their way to. Drink up quick while mocking the food prices as a means of conversation (laugh away at the menu's anonymous aphorisms pertaining to the joys of liquor - because *that* hasn't been done before!). Thank the staff and doorman on your way out, leave the premises, check your bank balance at the cashpoint immediately opposite, enjoy your night elsewhere. And don't worry, that unshakable nervous energy you have in the next bar is a common symptom of having just been thoroughly ripped off.

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5  Thank MPattison
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