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…

Fuego: The best tapas outside of Madrid.

  After an afternoon shopping with my mam, we decided to stop for a glass of fizz and a bite to eat. As we were in Fenwick browsing for wedding outfits, we thought we would check out the food hall. If you haven’t yet visited Fenwick’s food hall yet, you should! It has a gorgeous…

Surfcafe Tynemouth: Chilled-out beach hut perfection

It’s a sunny morning in Tynemouth, and what better way to end a walk along the beach than with a delicious breakfast? Having heard good things about Tynemouth’s Surfcafe, we thought we should check it out. The cafe is situated in the same building as Tynemouth’s long-since-closed Toy Museum, with the frontage looking very wooden and beach-esque….

Pink Lane Coffee: Love coffee? You’ll love it here!

You’d be forgiven for walking straight past Pink Lane Coffee without even noticing – it’s tucked away, sandwiched behind Greggs and Subway.  If you find yourself near Newcastle’s Central Station – perhaps you’re waiting for a train or meeting a friend as I was – I’d definitely recommend calling in. If you’re really into your coffee then…

The Brownie Bar: All things gooey

When it comes to adverts, I’m a consumer psychologist’s dream. Got some snazzy slogan or a ‘man vs food’ style feast? I’m there with bells on, drooling through the window. So of course, when I saw Brownie Bar’s creme egg specialities plastered all over Facebook, I fell for it hook, line and sinker. I will…

Lebaneat: Lebanese feasting in Durham city centre

I popped to Lebaneat, just down from Durham Cathedral, with some friends on Saturday night.  We had to book a fair bit in advance as the restaurant gets pretty busy on weekends, so I’d recommend planning ahead for a visit here. I really love the taste of Lebanese food and the gorgeous smells from the (fairly…

Rothbury Food and Craft Festival 2017: local produce from local traders

We spent a sunny bank holiday Monday in the picturesque Coquet Valley, at Rothbury’s 9th Food and Craft Festival.  This was a busy festival – food lovers had turned out in their hundreds to visit! There was a good mix of street food stalls and a marquee full of delicious smells, excitable chatter, and local food producers….

Jesmond Dene House: A Charming Afternoon Tea

Nestled behind the trees, plants and flowers of Jesmond Dene, sits a grand house which offers up delicious afternoon teas. Over the Easter Weekend, we thought we would try some for ourselves. As we walked through the house to the dining area, Spring seemed to burst from every seam – from the sun pouring through…