Dabbawal: Indian street food done very well

After hearing great things we decided it was time to check out Dabbawal. We visited Dabbawal in Jesmond, although there’s also another branch down High Bridge in Newcastle. It’s easy to walk past the restaurant entrance, tucked away behind a row of other shops and eateries next to the metro line.  As you arrive, you walk…

Tyneside Bar Cafe: A cinematic breakfast

On Sunday morning, we popped to Tyneside Cinema, not to scoff popcorn, but to grab some breakfast! Tyneside Bar Cafe takes up most of Tyneside Cinema’s facade on Pilgrim Street, the big glass windows drawing you in.  The feeling that greets you as you walk in is relaxed, warm, and welcoming.  The decor makes the…

The Purple Bear: A Meat Eater’s Dream

Friday night. Long week at work with soup for lunch, desperately trying to resist the cake the office staff repeatedly bring in, it was time for a blow out. How apt, that we happened to have a table booked at The Purple Bear in Newcastle. The timing was great – we were in the mood…

Fat Hippo: Man vs Food

When the beautiful British weather does what it does best and rains solidly throughout the summer, there’s no greater thing to do than to fill your face with as much food as physically possible. If that sounds as heavenly to you as it does to us, then Fat Hippo is your new underground home. We…

The Herb Garden: A Slice of Heaven

Pizza is, personally, the greatest thing on this planet – strings of cheese and hand-stretched dough are the makings of something magical, but that magic is blown out of the water when you get the chance to try a Herb Garden pizza. I say if you get a chance because it can be damn hard…

The Keys, Yarm

We popped into The Keys in Yarm for a light lunch yet ended up leaving stuffed. I can pretty much sum this up in a few words; great service, good menu and excellent food! We sat outside as it was lovely weather. They have had a revamp of the beer garden and I have to…

The Grind: ‘The People’s Champion’

I love food. Always have. Always will. And yes, it may have been a month since Battle of the Burger, but that greasy piece of heaven from The Grind had been playing on my mind like a teenage crush. So when a friend suggested it as a Saturday pitstop between cocktails, obviously I jumped at…

As You Like It – Jesmond

This is one of my favourite bars in Newcastle for drinks and listening to live bands, so I had pretty high expectations of their food – and it didn’t disappoint. The place itself has a certain level of originality; think unusual décor, talented bar staff and individuality that makes it stand out from the standard…

Redhouse: Do one thing, and do it really, really well!

Redhouse has been on the Newcastle Quayside for a few years now, and after hearing so many good things we couldn’t wait any longer to experience it for ourselves. You’ll find it just along from the Swing Bridge on Newcastle’s Quayside, in a very characterful old building that looks like it has been there forever….

Borelli’s – A hearty Italian on the cobbled streets of Yarm

It’s lunchtime on a Saturday in Yarm. The high street is bustling and crawling cars are searching for spaces to park. But nestled in a side street behind the hustle and bustle of the high street, is a gorgeous Italian deli – Borelli’s.   I’ve heard great things about this place and couldn’t wait to…

Long Play Cafe: Settle down while you listen up!

It’s early in the morning after the night before, and we need a hangover cure – somewhere relaxed and calm with good coffee and good food. Long Play Cafe can be found opposite the Swing Bridge on the Newcastle side of the Tyne.  Its relaxed feel and cool vibes make it a favourite with locals….

A Sunday Sharing Platter at Lotus Lounge

Sunday dinner. The age old tradition. Do memories of your mam’s cooking, succulent meats, fluffy yorkshires and crispy roasties come to mind when you stare down at your own attempts at Sunday dinner that just doesn’t measure up? Just me? Ok then. Last Sunday, rather than risk trying to create a Sunday dinner as well…