La Tasca Newcastle Paella Event

  • October 3, 2012

**UPDATE – La Tasca is now completely gone from Newcastle, and Las Iguanas Quayside now sits here**

Last week we were invited to another new menu launch – this time at La Tasca Quayside. “Paella to the People” was an event with La Tasca’s exec. chef Antonio Bennetto showcasing the autumn/winter menu and giving us a bit of a paella masterclass. Admittedly, the last time we ate at La Tasca it was pretty damn disappointing, so we went into this with some trepidation…

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Blog North Awards 2012

  • September 20, 2012

We’re pretty modest around here, never actively seeking attention and will always take the stance of “whatever happens happens. However, while casually checking Google Analytics today there was a referral from blognorthawards.com… 

Urban Night Feast Newcastle

  • September 20, 2012

We’ve been eating here there and everywhere this year – by a giant map of Britain made from cake, in Jesmond at Spring Graze, in the lovely Hotel du Vin courtyard, and not forgetting by the Tyne at the big EAT! weekend, but there’s still time before the clocks go back for one more street food party.

Urban Night Feast is the brainchild of Indian born but local private chef Maunika Gowardhan and features a dozen or so street food stalls packed into the Boiler Shop, always an interesting location.

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High Bridge Quarter Autumn Festival 2012

  • September 4, 2012

The nights are slowly drawing in, along with the festival season, but there’s time for a few more, including this Saturday’s second High Bridge Quarter festival.

Following the success of the first festival a mere five months ago, the Autumn festival looks bigger and better, with plenty of new faces joining some old classics, and most of them foodie-related.

High Bridge Street Quarter is becoming a fairly trendy are of town, and has some great independents selling all sorts of stuff, so if you’ve never been, there is really no better time. Expect to see now-at-every-festival French Oven, and getting-good-at-street-food Marco Polo, amongst a ton of other names. Now a favourite and worth a look, we had our first taste of Soupie Face at the inaugural festival, and Dabbawal serving actual street food is always welcome – go for the bhel puri. Zizzi are also there (last year doling out free pasta), and some smaller places serving some good stuff; heard of a good bahn mi for starters.

Have a look at the full PR after the jump, and we look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 10am-7pm – sunshine is predicted, and entry/entertainment is free!

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Browns Newcastle Bar Snacks

  • August 30, 2012

There’s a lot to be said for making a first impression, and unfortunately, the first time we visited the recently opened Browns (Grey Street, Newcastle), we walked out after not being served at all for over twenty minutes. A good start then…

Luckily enough, customer service took charge and invited us back in only a few days later, offering a bottle of prosecco and some bar snacks, pictured. Too tempting!

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Pots and Pancakes, North Shields

  • August 16, 2012

Based in our very home town, it has taken us long enough to visit local take on pancakes with a twist, Pots and Pancakes (NE29 0BL), but now that we’ve been once, it might just become an addiction!

Open since 2005, and not far from North Shields Metro, hides the former Dragon’s Den contenders – no, they didn’t receive investment (boo!), episode is worth a watch here though. Nonetheless, some 25,000 pancakes on and doing better than ever, the girls even making an appearance at the recent Tynemouth Food Festival.

We go on a late Saturday afternoon, so thankfully not overrun with kids this time, but apparently they often are – probably a good place for a kid’s party. We go for a (massive) pot of tea, and a couple of the pancakes – choosing from a typical selection classic sugar and lemon (£1.95) and my choice (pictured), nutella and banana (£2.95). Also available are savoury offerings like goat’s cheese and spinach, and toasties. The pancakes should satisfy anyones sweet cravings, but the star of the show are the “pots”.

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Newcastle Restaurant Week August 2012 (Updated!)

  • August 7, 2012

It’s that time again already? August 20-26 again sees the regions restaurants team up with NE1 and offer great deals on some great food. Somewhat disappointingly, the amazing £10 deal seems to have crept up to £15 in many cases, making some of them pretty typical menus, but some bargains are still to be found nonetheless. Check out the full list – to be updated as a few surprises tend to come on closer to the date:

Garden Shed, Newcastle

  • July 25, 2012

** Unfortunately Garden Shed closed in 2013, but you can get much the same things at Garden Kitchen **

Since the arrival of Garden Kitchen, we have been eagerly anticipating the launch of its sister venue Garden Shed as we’re always looking for somewhere quality and reasonably priced for a quick bite in the middle of town (listening yet, Olive & Bean?).

Having been invited along to try some sandwiches at the not-long opened sandwich bar, a weekend of birthday eating and drinking was topped off with high expectations for the humble sandwich…

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Malmaison Newcastle Brasserie 2012*

  • July 12, 2012

Celebrating the launch of its new menu and head chef, Malmaison Newcastle once again invited the regions bloggers in to sample their wares.

Fisherman’s Lodge Afternoon Tea

  • July 2, 2012

**UPDATE – Fisherman’s Lodge closed not long after and has not reopened**

Oh dear…

We are big advocates for the abandonment of Tripadvisor – in fact that’s why we started Newcastle Eats in the first place. If more people would look up some decent reviews of a place before going, rather than a quick browse on TA, we’d be happy. But sometimes you can’t ignore it – especially with classic management replies like this:

“your ingratitude…demonstrates typical bad manners of some people in this region”.

“your(sic) obviously another Egon Ronay – which seeing as he has gone is good to hear”

“we could not put (fish) on the menu for anything less than £30-£40 a dish”.

“i was told (my car) would be clamped…the manager threatened to set his german shepard(sic) on me”.

Quay Ingredient, Newcastle

  • June 21, 2012

Canny sandwich shop

Hiding away beneath the Tyne Bridge, just off The Side and across from 21 Queen Street is a new cafe, Quay Ingredient (NE1 3UG) describing itself as “a small coffee house underneath a big bridge”.

Ever in the search for a perfect sandwich in town, we’ve been to QI a few times now – welcomed by an always-cheerful Maggie and having a proper chef at the helm – formerly of Irvins – it’s a canny place to grab a sandwich, proper cup of tea, and relax away an hour. Clean decor, free wi-fi, and some funky furniture make it a quiet spot to escape the hustle.

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Afternoon Tea at SIX

  • June 5, 2012

Brilliant views of afternoon tea over Newcastle.

Going hand in hand with their launch of new venture Garden Kitchen, Fresh Element and the kitchen team at Six at the Baltic have launched a new afternoon tea menu at the Baltic sixth-floor restaurant, which, if you can recall, we were fond of when we visited this time last year.

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Review of Garden Kitchen, Newcastle

  • May 22, 2012

Finally, somewhere great for Eldon Garden.

Garden Kitchen (NE1 7RA) is the latest in a series of restaurant/cafes occupying the main space in Eldon Garden which, over the years many have tried, and failed to conquer, including some big hitters such as Popolo, only lasting barely a year over 2010/11.

A new venture from Fresh Element, the same people that brought us SIX, which if you can recall, we liked a lot. Having been open only a few weeks, we were invited to check it out…

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Raval, Gateshead

  • May 17, 2012

2 Hits, 1 Miss

Last week we lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new menu at “luxury restaurant and bar” just over the Tyne, Raval (NE8 2AT). Only last August we ate at the launch of the same “new platter menu” – so whether this means the new menu has been a bit of a none-starter – you decide.