It has been a quiet & confused few months on the blog, but behind the scenes, we’ve been go go go. Apart from living off sweet potato wedges and hummus, we’ve been to a ton of “blogger” type things. Here’s your amuse bouche.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a baker? Love the warming aroma of fresh gingerbread, or decorating houses made from cake? Or just eating them? You’re in luck.
I’ve been a bad blogger.
Driving through “The Wynd”, and into the grounds of Wynyard Hall (TS225NF), it’s hard not to be jealous and impressed by the man$ions which would make Darras Hall blush, but remember – it is only Teesside. It serves you well to remember these epic estates as they give you an idea of the kind of clientele that get to call this place their “local”. They might not have too much trouble paying the bill, but in times of austerity, we can imagine the prices at Wynyard will scare off the average punter. Of course a captive, affluent customer base attracts a premium, but the quality of the food has to stand for itself. So does it?
Update: Irvin’s sadly closed for good in 2017 🙁
Mexican food. We need you here in Newcastle. You’d be such a good fit, honestly. We’ve got Chiquitos and or whatever it is called in the Metrocentre, and Las Iguanas, but it seems whilst people will open cheap Italians by the million, Mexicano is a no-go area. So when last year, new boy Zapatista Burrito Bar (NE1 8JW) showed up out of the blue, we got quite excited. Our own little Wahaca?
We still haven’t managed to get down to Boost yet – it is always rammed on a Saturday afternoon, but they were kind enough to send us over some freebies for you canny lot.
Win 10 free Boost drinks!
Not exactly a “Newcastle Eat”, but special enough that it couldn’t be ignored. I was treated to lunch at Tom Kitchin’s flagship for my birthday last month, and what a treat it was…possibly the best lunch menu we’ve ever had, and great value too.
As part of the wonderful Festival of the North East, we were recently invited by DFDS Seaways to sample some food on board the mighty Princess Seaways, as part of the interesting/creative Foghorn Requiem event. Sunderland legend the Souter lighthouse is soon to be decommissioned, so it was a grand way for the local landmark to bow out, and what better way for us to watch the performance from the largest ship in the armada scoffing our faces!
Still one of the best in the business.
Cakes for the Insta generation
Update: After a long sabbatical, I don’t think the Boiler Shop Steamer will be coming back in any form that we recognise it. Sad!
This Thursday sees Kate Humble launch her new book “Humble by Nature”, at one of our favourite new foodie places – Vallum Farm. Aside from interviews and Q&A with Kate and local weather girl Hannah Bayman, our eyes and bellies are on David Kennedy & his restaurant team at Vallum, who are putting on some hyper local food for the night. Surely veg-lord Ken Holland & his North Country Growers will be providing something fresh from the days harvest as well.
OK yes, this, much like it’s sister at the Hotel du Vin is actually a Sunday lunch by any other name, but given the comfy vibe, an all-you-can-eat meat table, some cracking cocktails, and you have something worth leaving the house on a hungover day for.