Lakeland Fudge

  • February 27, 2012

The guys at Lakeland Fudge were nice enough to send us some handmade fudge over from their base in Dalton in Furness after we expressed an interest in their latest creation: CHOCOLATE BACON FUDGE. Here’s the lovely packaging their 4/8 slice selections come in:

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Review of Dabbawal, Newcastle

  • February 6, 2012

Been hearing good things about Dabbawal since it’s opening last year, and what better chance to see what it’s all about than at this year’s first Newcastle Restaurant Week. Two courses for a tenner? Too hard to pass up…

We managed to get the last table on a busy Saturday night after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the Indian street food restaurant’s reservation staff – not the best of starts but we managed to get in anyway.

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Review of Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Jesmond

  • February 1, 2012

Newcastle’s Finest?

We stayed at Newcastle’s premiere hotel last week (NE2 2EY), and prior to crashing out in one of the gorgeous rooms (about the prettiest we’ve seen), we had to indulge in the city’s highest scoring restaurant in this year’s Good Food Guide.

Of course the old grade II mansion’s surroundings are undeniably beautiful, and upon arrival there is a lovely lounge to have a pre-meal drink in (sit by the fireplace). Drinks come with nibbles of marinated olives, pickled garlic, Tyrell’s crisps, and cornichons. We are always so appreciative of things like this – it doesn’t cost the restaurant a lot but is such a nice touch that helps set apart the good from the great.

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Electric East Launch Party

  • January 23, 2012

**UPDATE: Electric East is now closed and Mark Lagun is at The Earl of Pitt Street*

Last Wednesday we were lucky enough to be invited along to the launch/re-opening of Electric East, former home of Barn Asia (NE1 4DP). Inside very little has changed, apparently using the same staff, and the interior is very similar (and cool), so hopefully the food still stacks up.

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David Kennedy’s River Cafe, North Shields

  • January 16, 2012

Despite being our hometown, North Shields isn’t exactly renowned for it’s great food unfortunately, something we hope will change with the fish quay redevelopment and restaurants such as Irvin’s, and now, David Kennedy’s new venture, River Cafe (NE30 1HF).

Appearing quite mysteriously last September without much fanfare or so much as website, we heard rumour of a set menu for £3.95 – and obviously had to check out this too good to be true offer. With fingers crossed that David Kennedy wouldn’t put his name to anything less than stellar, and that there would be no compromise in quality of food we headed along on Saturday afternoon, and thankfully, we were proven right in both cases.

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Blackfriars Events 2012

  • January 10, 2012

Blackfriars sent me their events listings for this new year - and what a busy year it is! Apart from their great deal this coming restaurant week - check out the many eats and treats going on throughout this year: Burns Night (25 January, 7pm, £30pp) Join Blackfriars for a real ‘earthy’ Burns’ dinner and treat your taste buds to the culinary delights of Scottish inspired cuisine and whisky. Toast one of Scotland’s most famous poets at the restaurant’s hugely…

Newcastle Restaurant Week 2012 (Updated!)

  • January 2, 2012

Happy New Year! It seems like only last week we were launching into restaurant week across the city, but thankfully, here we are again at the beginning of the year, typically a quiet period for the restaurant trade, I’m sure most will be fully booked again come this 23rd to 29th January. Check out the full list of participants below. Two Courses for £10 (mostly - check with restaurant for details) As You Like It Babucho Barluga Blackfriars Brasserie at…

Best of 2011

  • December 27, 2011

Jumping on the bandwagon of end of year awards, here’s our take on it. We’ve ate a lot in 2011, and these are just the one’s that have stuck in the mind the most for being tasty and delicious, if not the most expensive or technically amazing dishes. Let your turkey leftovers settle today and perhaps pay any of these guys a visit in the coming year. Favourite Restaurant of the Year 2011 THE FEATHERS INN Very hesitant to call…

Barn Asia Rescued!

  • November 25, 2011

Good news this week that Barn Asia - recently closed - has been rescued! The fact that they are keeping the same chefs and staff is always a good sign. Hopefully they can turn it’s fortunes around and we will visit soon again. Here’s the PR: Top Newcastle restaurant is ‘born’ again  A renowned restaurant in Newcastle city centre which fell victim to the recession has been given a new lease of life thanks to a loyal customer. Barn Asia…

Lunch at Deli Fina, Gosforth

  • November 17, 2011

A cold and miserable Saturday led an unexpected treat in the form of a quick lunch from Deli Fina, the foodie side of Carruthers and Kent in Gosforth (NE2 4AY). Didn’t get a chance to sample any wines this time - had an empty belly, so focussing on my first visit to Deli Fina - a small but lovely selection of local produce, home cooked goodies, and even a treat from our favourite pub… Couldn’t resist trying this Salmon, dill and saffron…

Christmas at Hotel Chocolat Newcastle

  • November 14, 2011

Hotel Chocolat were nice enough to send us some treats from their christmas line, here’s what we thought! Mulled Wine Cherries (£8.50) "Succulent cherries soaked in fortified wine spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, then enrobed in thick dark chocolate." Following on from their line of fruity bits soaked in various chocolatey goodness, the seasonal version is cherries soaked in christmas-style mulled wine. If you’ve had the kirsch cherries or rum sultanas you’ll know what to expect - only more…

Quayside Restaurant Closures

  • November 11, 2011

Sad news again as two more restaurants close on Newcastle’s Quayside this month, both Rumpoli’s and Café Bistro Buee have closed their doors for the last time. While Rumpoli’s still operates it’s sister branch, Uno’s downstairs, we always thought Rumpoli’s was a slightly nicer place, whereas Buee was one of the only places to get real home-cooked French food in the city. Situated metres apart from each other, and not long after the closure of Oliviana’s and Kublai Khan -…