The Newcastle Grainger Market Food Guide

The Grainger Market Food Guide

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…)

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Afternoon Tea at Bonbar, Newcastle

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…)

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Manny’s Pizza Deli, Newcastle

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?

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Cupcake Decorating at The Copthorne Hotel

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…)

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Longhorns BBQ, Newcastle Review

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.

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Spice & Sommelier Evening at Angeethi, Gateshead

Angeethi in Gateshead/Low Fell (NE9 5HY) is one of those restaurants that I always hear high praise about, but always forget to visit, despite living just around the corner. That changed when I was recently invited to a one-off “Spice & Sommelier” evening, aiming to to prove that wine and curry can live together in harmony. Eight courses, eight wines – sounds like my kind of night…

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Martini Lunch at Pleased to Meet You

Perhaps known more for their extensive selection of some 40+ gins and a hefty list of well-made cocktails, Pleased to Meet You (NE1 1EW) has never been high on my radar for their food offering. Expected: typical Ladhar Leisure bar bait – high on style and maybe not so much on substance. I feel that their venues in town are firmly drinks first, food second.

The recently launched “Martini Lunch” –  is a bit of a twist on afternoon tea I guess, offers six or twelve picky bits from a “grazing board” bar snack menu, and two cocktails for £25. Given that two martinis will normally set you back around fifteen quid, it’s good value if you can find a tenner’s value from the food. (more…)

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Afternoon Tea at The Running Fox, Felton

It seems like a while since there’s been yet another afternoon tea post on here – to be honest, I thought I’d found afternoon tea perfection at The Cleveland Tontine and the search could end there. But everyone who has ever bought a cake stand seems to be putting on afternoon tea now – I’ve even seen it at a few pubs in town which, by the way IS JUST WRONG.

Anyway, there’s been a lot of chatter recently about somewhere quality in Northumberland doing good with all things pastry. I hadn’t heard of it myself, but The Running Fox in Felton (NE65 9EA) is a bakery/hyperlocal cafe which, having been open for four years, are doing pretty well for themselves right now. I’m usually sceptical of the smaller, lesser known café – more infamous for the morning visit from the Brakes/3663 van, so thought maybe this was another case of Twitter people riding the hype train.

But colour me impressed, it’s fab. (more…)

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The Earl of Pitt Street, Newcastle

A lot of people over on Twitter had been asking about the newly opened Earl of Pitt Street, so I thought I’d share some photos of some scran I’ve had there so far, as aside from a Facebook page, there’s not been much fanfare.

A new venture from the ever-popular Mark Lagun of Electric East (among others), “The Earl” is pitching itself as a gastropub at the former site of The Greyhound (70, Pitt Street). That was a pub where I’m told, there was often sawdust on the ground “to soak up the blood”. Lovely! It’s the last remaining pub at the old brewery site though, so respect to Mark for keeping it a pub, as that area holds a lot of history to a lot of people.

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