I am going to stick my neck out and call this the best satisfying brunch ever. It ticks all the boxes you need when suffering the effects of a big night out – bread, meat, eggs and something spicy. It’s a dirty version of eggs Benedict really, which glorious as it is, has been done to death on the recipe blogs.
**Update – Southbank Grill closed in 2014, and now houses River Beat**
After a string of recent restaurant openings in Newcastle which have (appeared to have) been fairly successful, I thought about the ins and outs of it, and well, the Peace & Loafs etc. of the world make it look easy, because in reality, it must be bloody hard to do so, not least for the little guy.
It’s that time again! Twice a year, everyone seems to ask where we’re off for restaurant week, and the answer rarely changes – 21, Electric East, yadda yadda yadda. This year it is bigger than ever, with more than 60 restaurants taking part, and yet again, some places just “get it” more than others when it comes to the week of gluttonous offers. Make sure you check out restaurant coupons too for further savings.
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.
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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!