Published on October 2, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Saint goes marching in
The patron saint of winemakers has made a new home in Newcastle. Renowned chef and restaurateur Terry Laybourne recently closed his popular Italian restaurant Caffe Vivo, to create St Vincent, a new concept inspired by European traditions which taps into the current craft revolution in winemaking.
The space within the Live Theatre buildings on the city’s Quayside previously devoted to Caffe Vivo has undergone a major refit.
Terry Laybourne says: “St Vincent is a wine bar, inspired by the places I love to spend time in across Europe. This is our Broad Chare pub five years on, that’s gone European. It’s also a place where you can order as many dishes as you like, combined with a great selection of classic and new-style wines. A place to hang out and enjoy great food and great drinks with friends – and strangers.”
Wines are from small, independent winemakers, mainly in France and Italy and there is a range of cocktail classics along with craft beers, cask ales and ciders. Served alongside these is a menu of “small plates” which Terry has designed to respond to the wine in particular.
“It’s wine bar food,” he says. “Dishes are simple, produce-driven, delicious and nutritious. Many will be familiar, almost ‘retro’. As with the wines, the ingredients are carefully sourced and seasonally harvested with the chefs letting the ingredients speak for themselves.”
Oktoberfest is also being celebrated next door at Broad Chare. Until October 6, the pub celebrates the world’s biggest beer festival, going all Bavarian with hearty specials on the menu plus samples of this year’s Oktoberfest beers.
Terry Laybourne says: As you know we’re a proper pub and we love proper beer. We’ve even added themed snacks to our bar snack menu – you can’t beat having a delicious bratwurst in one hand and a beer in the other.”