If you’ve visited the HWKRMRKT at By The River Brew Co before then you’ll know it’s the ultimate hangout spot! I mean, is there anything better than spending the afternoon or evening catching up with friends whilst working your way around various vendors trying all different types of food? I think not!
I was so happy to see the market open again for the 2019 season, and was even happier to be invited down last month by Lola Jeans, one of my fave places to grab a burger in town, for a catch up with some other lovely North East bloggers and the chance to try some delicious street food! (P.S you can read a review of my recent trip to LJ’s here)
I headed down to HWKRMRKT one sunny Sunday to find that Lola Jeans had reserved a nice big table for us all to sit at so I plonked myself down with the other girls and was ready to see what the afternoon had in store for us.
Once everyone had arrived, the lovely Lorna from Lola Jeans allowed us each to choose a little parcel from the middle of the table. It was a lucky dip system which meant that we had no idea which vendors we’d be eating from until we opened them and unrolled the scrolls!
When I walked through the market to find the other bloggers I walked past a vendor that sold parmos and my eyes lit up. Luckily for me, I ended up with the chance to head there for my main course and I couldn’t wait!
Parm-O-Rama are one of the resident traders at HWKRMRKT and they also have a van that they take all around the UK to deliver what they believe is the perfect parmo. That’s a pretty bold claim but I tell you what…they didn’t disappoint!
I’m no stranger to a parmo- they’re one of my favourite things to eat whether it’s in a restaurant or at the end of a night out. If you’re don’t know what a parmo is, then let me tell you… it’s a flattened, deep-fried breaded chicken covered in béchamel sauce and cheese then grilled – and it originated in Teesside!
As you can see they’ve got a few things to choose from on their menu but I went for the classic – a Proper Parmo. It’s served with skin on fries (which were delicious), homemade slaw and a nice big dollop of garlic sauce!
On my next visit to HWKRMRKT I’ll definitely be heading back to Parm-O-Rama because I can’t stop thinking about the idea of the Parmogeddon Fries…
Also heads up, if you’re not a meat eater but still like the concept of a parmo then you’re in luck because there are vegan and veggie versions available too!
Speaking of vegan, there’s one place I’ve heard so many of my vegan friends talk about and that’s Grumpy Panda! Now as you can tell I’m not vegan myself, but it doesn’t mean I’m not happy to try vegan food, so when I was given Grump Pandas Bait Box as my place to hit up for dessert I was excited.
Located in Gateshead, as well as being one of the residents at HWKRMRKT, Grumpy Panda serve American-style vegan junk food and their menu looks awesome. I was given the opportunity to try their Deep Fried Oreos and they were just as delicious as they sound. Honestly, proper mouth watering! Think of mini donuts…but better! I must admit though I had to admit defeat after two of them because they were pretty heavy, especially after that big parmo.
There are so many more vendors I’m desperate to try at HWKRMRKT (Acropolis being one of them) and luckily I’ll get a chance to soon as I’ve already planned a Friday night there with friends…and I bet I’ll be back a couple more times before the summer is out too!
The HWKRMRKT is open Fridays 6pm to 11pm, Saturdays Midday to 11pm and Sundays Midday to 6pm, and last food service is 30 minutes before close.
By The River Brew Co
Food and drinks were complimentary thanks to Lola Jeans in exchange for this honest review x