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** Unfortunately Garden Shed closed in 2013, but you can get much the same things at Garden Kitchen **

Since the arrival of Garden Kitchen, we have been eagerly anticipating the launch of its sister venue Garden Shed as we’re always looking for somewhere quality and reasonably priced for a quick bite in the middle of town (listening yet, Olive & Bean?).

Having been invited along to try some sandwiches at the not-long opened sandwich bar, a weekend of birthday eating and drinking was topped off with high expectations for the humble sandwich…

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Located at the entrance of Eldon Garden – this is a brilliant place to people watch. Being takeaway-oriented there are only a handful of stools, but it’s definitely worth grabbing one if you can and watching the world go by. Featuring the same look and style, and importantly, same food as the main kitchen, quality should be on a par with it’s big sister.

The options are succinct and feature everything you’d expect – soup de jour, salads and classic sandwiches – all quite reasonably priced, with everything under £5. The most you can really spend is £4.95 which nets you a sandwich or salad, crisps/chocolate, and any drink for £4.95 – can’t really go wrong.

Sandwiches remain classic but are well done – expect to see ham & pease pudding, club, and veggie offerings, as well as the always tempting build-your-own option. Choice of fresh breads is welcome; you’ll remember we were fans. Pastrami (above, £3.95) is a winner, as is the tomato & black pepper soup (below). This is lush, rich and cockle-warming, it kicks back with a load of pepper, and was just what was needed to shake off those birthday cocktails, and is sure to be a winner on a cold day. Comes with bread!

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Salads are good, and that’s high praise from us – penne with beetroot and goat’s cheese is only £2.95, for example, and blows away anything you’d get in any takeaway inside of Eldon Square, if not anywhere at that price. Haven’t tried but have high expectations for breakfast sandwiches, also available.

Teas, coffees, and soft drinks offered at reasonable price, including all variants of our darling Fentimans, as well as cupcakes and sweet things provided by Stacie Stewart’s Beehive Bakery. We went for a lemon cupcake – but if you just fancy a tea and cake, perhaps head up the main restaurant.

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You could do a lot worse than visit Garden Shed for your next sandwich fix. Even a salad if you’re adverse to bread. With so many (frankly, bad) choices in Eldon Square, make it easy for yourself and give the Shed a try. If you’ve been to the main restaurant or even Six at the Baltic, you’ll know you’re getting quality, and if it’s not better than your cold and damp M&S sandwich, we’ll pay.

P.S. Good Food Guide – why exactly isn’t SIX in there?

Contact: gardenkitchennewcastle.com

Cost of soup, two sandwiches, plus drinks & cupcake ~£14 comped for review.

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