Welcome to Thali Tap
Thali Tray and Newcastle Brewing Ltd are partnering up to launch Thali Tap, Newcastle's first city centre Craft Beer and Indian Street Food restaurant.
We’ve secured amazing premises in the centre of the fast-redeveloping Bigg Market, where we are going to create a superb 80 seat venue. This time we’re starting with a big blank canvas onto which we are going to paint a light industrial landscape with plenty of colour.
So, as Jay Rayner asked –“Vibrant Indian food served with craft beer in a friendly communal space… Why has no one done this before?”
Well, no one has done it before in Newcastle and we aim to be the first. And this is where we need your assistance.
We need your help
To add to our existing sources of funding, we’re asking for your help by pre-buying our amazing offers with brilliant rewards. We have decided to offer our customers a chance to pre-buy our food and drinks.
We are offering ‘Double Your Money Vouchers’ allowing customers to purchase at a huge 50% discount! Or what about a beer tasting for you and a group of mates, or attending our launch party with special tasting menu paired with our refreshing beers?
The combination of vibrantly flavoured Indian street food washed down with craft beers brewed on site has proved hugely popular at Arch 2, Ouseburn (the home of both businesses). Since opening in November 2018, Thali Tray has achieved a ranking in the Top 10 restaurants in Newcastle on TripAdvisor and is receiving smashing reviews from the press and food bloggers.
Our new restaurant will be an expansion to the existing site at Arch 2 and will be serving the very best food and drinks we have to offer. The fully-stocked bar will have 20 taps of Newcastle Brewings craft beers and specially selected guest beers serving at any one time. The kitchen will be serving exciting and new Thali Tasters (Small Plates), showcasing the favourite street dished from numerous Indian culinary regions, along with a selection of meat, vegetarian and vegan Thali Trays (Main Meal). We are also incredibly excited to be launching Thali Treats (desserts) as the bustling streets of India certainly do cater well for a sweet-tooth like ours!
Please do have a look down the list of offers available on this page, sign up for one and become part of the Thali Tap story.
We're father and son team, Mike and Leo Bell, and it all started early in 2015 with family drinks in Brewdog and the inspired purchase of a Punk IPA Homebrew kit. We brewed it on the kitchen stove and fermented in the airing cupboard and it turned out drinkable – well, only just.
From there we bought some better equipment, started brewing in Mike’s garage and got some help from Brewdog’s homebrew club.
Within 3 months we’d brewed a beer that we felt was good enough to sell – now our bestseller, Newcastle IPA. We started brewing regularly, bottling our beers and selling at weekend markets.
Within 6 months we had our own microbrewery in a workshop in the Quayside Enterprise Centre in Ouseburn.
We knew that we’d soon outgrow our small brewery in the and began looking for somewhere we could have a brewery and a bar. We wanted to stay in Ouseburn, a funky creative quarter in Newcastle and after not too long we heard about an arch under Byker road bridge that was becoming available to lease.
The property had been an old tyre garage since the 60’s and needed some redevelopment. We managed to locally crowdfund enough, with our own money, to create Arch2 Brewpub and Kitchen and opened in May 2017.
Josh is a food fanatic and has worked in every position of the restaurant business. He recently returned from a 6-month food tour of India, where he volunteered in kitchens throughout the numerous culinary regions.
During this time Josh worked in every type of establishment from famous 100-year-old restaurants to daily street food carts. From this experience came the concept for Thali Tray, his first culinary venture.
Thali Tray first launched as a mobile catering unit in July 2018. After only 3 months of trading, Thali Tray was awarded ‘The People's Choice Winner 2018’ through a public vote at the hugely popular ‘Argie Bhaji Curry Battle 3.0’ at Wylam Brewery (the north east's biggest curry battle). On the back of a successful first few months, Thali Tray took a permanent residence at Arch 2, the home of Newcastle Brewing.