Rossopomodoro (NE99 1AB) is a chain restaurant actually founded in Italy, with a dozen or so restaurants now spread throughout the UK. Is that the sign of a chain with some authenticity, or a bit like offering British food to Italians via Toby Carvery opening up in Naples? 😁
After years of people moaning for one, Newcastle’s very own Patisserie Valerie (NE1 5AE) opened up last month, one of some 90+ stores in the UK. Apparently started way back in 1926 by a Belgian, they’re known for, well, patisserie of the pretty and reliable kind. Given that Newcastle is relatively short on great cakes, it’s a worth a go for those seeking a sweet treat (and haven’t been to one elsewhere). A neb in the window should convince you one way or the other, but I’d say the new Mason & Rye in Fenwick look much smarter.
Despite being long-time beasts of the street food circuit, I first learned of Big Apple Hot Dogs (NE6 5LJ) when they popped up at Urban Night Feast back in 2013 – was that really two years ago?
I remember them being good then, though that was quite the hazy night 🍻🍸🍻. Think judicious use of the word “gourmet”, nice branding, etc. etc. they tick all the modern street food clichés – but not too long ago even the mighty Greggs tried, and failed to crack the Newcastle hot dog market. (more…)
I think about opening a sandwich shop, all the time.
It can’t be that hard, right? Anyone can make a damn good sandwich with a bit of practice, it’s more about your location, and getting some marketing out there so people know to come to you for a kick-ass lunch instead of *shudder* Pret or whatever. (more…)
If you’ve been under a rock, these “real-deal” BBQ joints are popping up all over the place at the moment. Bierrex, Hop and Cleaver, Longhorns, The Purple Bear, Man vs. Food. I actually can’t wait to try that last one – it looks comically shite. Check out the Facebook page for some amusing commentary from the racists of South Shields re: not serving pork. I think perhaps the intricacies of “the art of BBQ” might be lost on the audience somewhat there, but I digress.
So Waitrose were giving out free copies of this year’s Good Food Guide last week, before it launched to the public, and even before it got to restaurants. Chefs asking me what their scores were was slightly bizarre – I thought they would be told in advance. Anyway, I managed to snag one with the shopping, which was a lot better than getting some nectar points. (more…)
The original owners shut up shop in 2014, apparently jetting back to native Italia, handing over to new buyers. Despite personally training the newbies up in the art of pizza before leaving, it’s fair to say that the slices just haven’t been quite as good. Still a lovely little pizza but missing that je ne sais quoi.
But, did you know since then, original owners are back (did they ever leave?), and have only gone and opened a bloody full-on restaurant in Benton?