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Patisserie Valerie Afternoon Tea

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.

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Big Apple Hot Dogs, Heaton

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…)

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