PRLog - Feb. 19, 2013 - GATESHEAD, U.K. -- IT’S the world’s most famous brown ale, sold in more than 40 countries with 100 million bottles drunk every year in the UK alone.
Raval Manager Avi Malik
But never before has Newcastle Brown Ale been used as an ingredient in curry . . . until now.
The region’s favourite tipple has been given a spicy twist to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the city’s most famous landmark, the Tyne Bridge.
The iconic structure was completed on February, 25, 1928, and to mark the occasion chefs at one of the North’s leading restaurants have created a special menu, with Newkie Brown taking centre stage.
The brew forms the basis of a special “Newcastle Curry”, created by RAVAL Luxury Restaurant , in Gateshead, as a tribute to the great feat of engineering that has come to symbolise the River Tyne.
The restaurant’s chefs have devised a unique Asian-fusion menu containing a variety of local ingredients. As well as Broon – as it’s known locally – they have also created an Indian dessert featuring Lindisfarne Mead.
Newcastle East MP Nick Brown, along with business and civic leaders, will attend a special evening at the restaurant this coming Monday to toast the bridge and sample the unique curry creation.
The former regional minister said: “If you ask people what they know about Tyneside, along with football they will say the Tyne Bridge and Newcastle Brown Ale.
“Raval’s special evening will be a great celebration of the bridge. It has come to symbolise Newcastle for everyone in the Northern hemisphere and for me personally, crossing it is like coming home.”
Raval manager Avi Malik said: “The Tyne Bridge means so much to the people of the North East that we simply could not allow this anniversary to go unnoticed.
“It also means a great deal to Raval’s customers and staff. The restaurant is located so close to the bridge that we almost feel part of it.”
Douglas Jordan, chairman of the North East Culinary Trade Association (Necta), has given the Newcastle Curry his seal of approval.
He said: “Raval set itself a big challenge in coming up with an Indian menu that reflects the food of the North East, but the results are superb.”
The evening will also feature an exhibition of paintings by some of the region’s most talented artists. Not surprisingly, many feature the bridge and there will be a competition to win a print signed print by one of the artists.
The bridge was completed on February 25, 1928, and officially opened on October 10 by King George V and Queen Mary.
A popular misconception is that its design was the inspiration behind Australia’s Sydney Harbour Bridge, which was opened four years later in 1932.
In fact, the reverse is true. Work started Down Under before building began in Newcastle.
Engineers Mott, Hay and Anderson based their design on the Sydney Harbour Bridge blueprint, but its construction took longer because of its size.
Tyne Bridge facts
It cost £1,200,000 to build.
The road deck is 84 feet above the water.
The bridge has a 531 feet span.
At the time of its construction, it was the world’s longest single span bridge.
It was officially opened on October 10, 1928, by King George V.
It was designed by London-based engineering firm Mott, Hay and Anderson and built by Dorman Long and Co, of Middlesbrough.