The Open Jar, Norton

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Last week, myself and my partner went for a birthday ~ date night ~ which was great for two reasons, the first being that we were completely toddler-free for the entire night, and the second being that we got to try out the food from The Open Jar on Norton high street. I've been wanting to go here for a while now but meals out are a rare occurrence these days, but on this particular evening, we got our glad rags on and headed out for our first date night in about six months.

We got seated within 5 minutes of turning up, which was a relief because they don't take bookings on weekends and I'd mentally prepared myself for a half hour wait at least but lo and behold, the service was very quick and our waitress was absolutely lovely.

They had a decent selection of starters, mains and desserts; the usual something-for-everyone type of menu, but my boyfriend went for the cheeseburger and I went for the southern-fried chicken parmo. Now, if you're not from Teesside or the surrounding areas, you're probably thinking what the hell is a parmo?

Well, let me enlighten you.

It's very simple. It's chicken breast covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Then it's topped with betchemal sauce cheddar cheese, and then grilled to gooey, cheesy perfection. It's what the people of Teesside are proud of. It's what we shout about. It's what we look forward to as a weekend treat.

However, I went for a bit of a parmo twist and opted for the southern fried version. It came with proper home-cooked chips and a pot of garlic sauce, and I can confirm that it was absolute HEAVEN. Probably one of the best parmos I've ever had, which is a bit of claim to make and not something a Teessider says lightly.

I have also been informed that the cheeseburger was also a delight, and this is coming from a bit of a fussy non-foodie, too.

I actually had no plans to write up a blog post about visiting The Open Jar, but now I feel the need to shout about this place because the food is amazing.

If I had to complain about anything, it would probably be the fact that we went there on a Saturday evening and because the setup is half restaurant half bar, there were a lot of people who were there just to have a bit of a boogie and the music was ever so slightly too loud.

But the food was fab.


  1. I've never heard of this, we usually go to Harland Place or cafe Lillie, but I'll be sure to check it out next time we manage to get a babysitter!

    1. I don't think it's been open too long, but there's one in Hartlepool too!