August 31, 2017
City guide to…Newcastle/Gateshead
Nestled in the city suburbs on Gosforth High Street is Naked Deli, the second in this popular clean eating chain to take the city by storm.
A healthy take on the great British fry up is the Full Naked Breakfast for £10:00 (veggie option £8:00) or the lighter herby mushrooms on toast with organic poached eggs for £6.00, served with a freshly squeezed superfood smoothie (£4:00) and a bulletproof coffee (£3:00) is all you need to get your weekend off to a great start (served until 11.30am)
The Cookhouse is a converted container tucked neatly away in Ouseburn, just behind the Hotel du Vin about 10 minutes out of the city centre.
A fresh, in season menu created by The Grazer is served up in a relaxed, intimate environment of pale blues and white painted picnic tables and there’s a great suntrap at the back if you can grab the table.
The menu changes every day so check it out at cookhouse.org/
Mon – Sat 8.30am – 3.30pm Or By Appointment | Ouse Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Ne1 2pf
Credit: The Grazer
Newcastle’s coffee culture is on the rise and you don’t have to look far for an independent coffee house that serves up a quality caffeine kick.
Laneway & Co on High Bridge just off the famous sweeping Grey Street and also near the famous Biggmarket.
This laidback cafe serves the Allpress Redchurch blend and single origin coffee from London roasters Square Mile that change seasonally to showcase the world’s best growing regions as far afield as Malawi and Sumatra. Its single-serve hand-crafted pour over filter options are a popular choice for true coffee connoisseurs.
Credit: Laneway & Co
A spot of culture…
Newcastle/Gateshead is a cultural hotspot with theatres, art galleries, music venues and festivals galore.
You can’t visit without going to the imposing Baltic gallery next to the Quayside Millennium Bridge, take the glass lifts to the top and enjoy the views as well as the art.
The shop and café on the ground floor are also a great way to while away a couple of hours.
Credit: Baltic Mill
Shop til you drop at…
Fenwick department store is the jewel in the retail crown - you could spend an entire day itself in the recently remodelled art deco food hall filled with artisan delights, restaurants and a wine bar.
Check out the beauty hall for brands like Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury and the French Salon upstairs for designer buys.
The area of Jesmond is popular with yummy mummies and students alike, and has plenty of choice for a quick pit stop. Brentwood Avenue is a pretty row of independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants and our favourite is Arlo’s which has some of the best cakes you’ll find in the city.
Open 7 days a week its always busy, so sometimes you may need to chill on their chesterfield sofas to get a table but once you’ve tried their wares be warned – they have a takeaway bakery as well!
Dinner a deux…
A raft of world-food restaurants have arrived in the city this year and two of our favourites are Sohe and Mantra Thai.
Sohe is an Asian fusion stylish addition to the popular Osborne Road strip of bars, situated at the top (quieter) end it is a haven of citrus coloured booths to settle down and enjoy its subtly spiced menu which includes xxxx
Mantra Thai is a pagoda style family-run restaurant on Forth Banks, walking distance from the central station and Quayside and handy for the Metro Radio Arena for concert-goers. Menu highlights include xxxx
A few beers
If Craft Beer is your thing, you have to talk a stroll through Exhibition Park to the Wylam Brewery Palace of the Arts. Formerly a military museum, it has now been transformed into a gig and event space (check out their Facebook page where they announce events first) and a craft brewery. In summer months their outdoor street food events are a great way to spend an afternoon tasting some of the great street foods Newcastle is growing famous for.
Newcastle city centre isn’t short of places to enjoy the nightlife, and it’s not all stag and hen dos – a growing cocktail and gin bar scene has brought the local cool set back into town and there’s plenty of choice around Grey Street especially. Head to the top of the hill to the Monument and look up – head for the big glass dome and a few floor sup you’ll emerge into The Botanist- the only place to spend an evening sampling the cocktail list. If its sunny go up to the roof terrace and enjoy views of one of the UK’s most architecturally renowned streets.
Off the beaten track…
Just 30 minutes away by Metro you’ll find Tynemouth, a coastal town packed with stylish bars and restaurants, as well as a priory and sweeping beaches. Go on a weekend and you’ll catch the Tynemouth weekend market as you step off the train, because its in the station every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday Monday and is packed with antiques, food, books and collectables – a flea market fan’s heaven.
Head for Front Street and you’ll find Longsands Fish Kitchen, with its catch of the day stylish seafood bistro at the rear and posh fish n’ chip shop at the front.
If you want real beach bum life, go a bit further to King Edwards Bay and just down the steps you’ll find Riley’s Fish Shack where a fish taco and glass of prosecco awaits as you watch the waves roll in.
Credit: Longsands Fish Kitchen, Tynemouth
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