Let it be said that I absolutely love the digital disruption that’s going on of old-school, and let’s face it, old-fashioned industries right now. I’m sure you all saw this quote: (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?
The Grainger Market. Opened in 1835(!) and built by that venerable duo Grainger & Dobson, of who we have to thank for much of the city’s architecture, it’s been a Grade I listed building since 1954. It’s the bustling, beating heart of Newcastle, full of local people, people who have chosen to make a home here, and full of people who have been in business for more years than I’ve been alive. We all know of it, but I think many people perceive it as a paradise of dreadful trinket shops and worse food.
Don’t be daft. It’s seen a bit of a resurgence, especially in terms of food in the past decade, and is now a multi-culturalists dream – probably the only place in town that houses independent Turkish, Chinese, Italian, (and others) under one roof.
I’ve put together a list of the units, that in Summer 2015, make up the best of the food available in the Grainger Market that we know and love, and are helping make it better than it ever has been. (more…)
Now that we’ve done pretty much every afternoon tea in Newcastle, it’s getting harder to find somewhere original anything original and worth the £££. Bonbar (NE1 5XU) wasn’t exactly somewhere that sprung to mind when thinking of decent food, never mind the quaint English tradition of afternoon tea – given it’s usual guise as a “VIP” nightclub. I’d seen some nice pics of the Sunday dinner on Twitter, and the afternoon tea, too which piqued my interest. So, we went along on Saturday afternoon pre-Boiler Shop binging to see if the reality lived up to the pictures. (more…)
The self-proclaimed gastropub (are we keeping that word?) from the Jesmond Dene House team has been a long time coming but is finally open. Though initially very exciting chef Shaun Hurrell has now left for similarly exciting venture The Trial Shift, it’s all being watched over by exec. chef Michael Penaluna so you’d expect the same high standards he commands over the JDH kitchen.
From one of the guys that originally brought you Capology, who has now left that business to focus on building a pizza empire, Manny’s Pizza Deli (NE1 8JN) brings us “a slice of New York to Newcastle”. A two story affair in the old Subway unit on Ridley Place, there’s a short menu of pizzas, to eat in or out, with an alcohol license too. We’ve went from having a load of terrible pizza places in Newcastle, to now having some quality pizza available now, so does town have room for another slice?
So, all the #NEBloggers have been cooing over a recent series of events with digital marketing agency Joe Blogs Network, who organise brand-themed events for bloggers to promote as part of their PR machine. Having missed comical tie-ins like “Retro Bingo” and “Coffee with Currys” (somehow making a tenuous link between Currys electrical goods and making espresso martinis), I went kinda against my better judgement to their latest shindig – a cupcake decorating class with afternoon tea at the Copthorne Hotel (NE1 3RT). Needless to say, I’m incredibly cynical about the relationship between bloggers and brands, and some of the truly shite content that is a result of that. (more…)
I first encountered Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse (to give its full name!) at the Boiler Shop Steamer, where they were putting out huge pulled pork and brisket sandwiches for a fiver (ah, when the Boiler Shop wasn’t about undervalued tokens and entry prices…) and was hugely impressed. This was back when there wasn’t a “smokehouse” or “real deal BBQ joint” opening every week in Newcastle.