Review of David Kennedy’s Food Social

  • November 7, 2011

Since becoming “David Kennedy’s Food Social”, the former Black Door Brasserie (NE2 1AN) has shifted focus from fine dining to a simpler notion of “beautiful, locally-sourced food presented to it’s best advantage”. To further cement this notion, some daily specials are available, such as a £9.95 Tuesday steak night and a vegetarian special on Wednesdays. We headed along on a Friday night to try out the “two fish and chips and a bottle of wine for £20” deal. Since the change…

Wine Tasting at Malmaison Newcastle

  • October 23, 2011

"Wine Tastings at the Mal. Headed up by Mal’s Head Sommelier, join us at Café Malmaison on from 7pm for a unique wine experience. This event is all about wine flights. The voyage presents you with a selection of our finest wines and a guided tasting tour conducted by our Sommelier." This week I was kindly invited along to the first of hopefully many of Malmaison’s latest wine tasting events. The format of these sessions is very informal and designed to…

Review of Jai Ho, South Shields

  • October 19, 2011

Jai Ho is now closed and another restaurant is in it's place. "Top class surroundings and fantastic curry" promises the latest and greatest on South Shields’ famous Ocean Road, which has also been picking up a few awards in the short time that they have been open. Now, we’ve been up and down the famous Ocean Road and tried many, many curries, and while there may be some good value food on offer, it’s all a bit of a world…

Review of O de V, Gateshead

  • October 11, 2011

** O de V is now CLOSED and Southbank Grill is in its place (yet to visit) ** Disappointingly bland. We heard good things about O de V from friends and family; if not from the foodie press, and it’s location made for a perfect hideaway from this Saturday evening’s rain on the Quayside. From the outside, O de V (NE8 2BJ) is fairly inconspicuous, and someone really needs to knock down the old Baja and Buffalo Joe’s and start again,…

Autumn Graze Food Market, Jesmond

  • October 3, 2011

We had a early Sunday morning visit to the free Autumn Graze market this weekend, arranged by The Grazer, Anna Hedworth in Jesmond.  Amongst the exhibitors were old favourites The Broad Chare, Hotel du Vin, and many other producers such as The Teashed, Olive Tree Charcuterie and more. We went in feeling hungry and did not come out disappointed! We made a bee-line for Gosforth’s Deli Fina, which was serving food from The Feathers Inn - lo and behold, they…

Barn Asia Closes it’s Doors

  • October 2, 2011

Sad news that Barn Asia has gone insolvent - didn’t realise last year they were voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the world! We were there during restaurant week and had a really unique meal - word is that potential new owners might carry on where the old team left off, so, best of luck to them! Nothing will ever beat last year’s loss of one of our favourites - Starters & Puds on Shakespeare Street. We hope…

Autumn Graze Market, Jesmond

  • September 25, 2011

Next Sunday, 2nd October Jesmond is hosting an autumn market with some great producers, foodies and restaurants including Carruthers & Kent, The Broad Chare, and Dough Works - we will be coming along so be sure to say Hi (if we’re not too busy eating all your lovely food)!

Review of The New Exchange Brasserie, North Shields

  • September 21, 2011

The New Exchange is now CLOSED

Posh for North Shields, but…

A recent (sold-out) Groupon voucher gives us two steaks and wine for £16, not a bad deal – so we walked into NewcastleEat’s hometown to try a couple of courses from the latest in town on North Tyneside…

We visited this grade 2 listed building (NE30 1SE) on a Saturday night – it is quite pretty inside and out, and certainly a nice change from most dreary small restaurants in the North Shields/Tynemouth area. The courtyard area in particular looks like it would be nice for a summer evening drink.

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Review Of The Feathers Inn, Hedley On The Hill

Review of The Feathers Inn, Hedley on the Hill

  • September 9, 2011

Update: Only last night the Feathers was voted British Pub of the Year! Well done guys!

After seeing the Feathers Inn (NE43 7SW) in the Good Food Guide 2011, and knowing they were hosting a British wines and ciders festival recently, we obviously had to tick it off the list. Perched atop the lovely little town of Hedley on the Hill, the pub is a gorgeous stone bricked old inn, a typical “locals” country pub.

Doddington Dairy Ice Cream

  • September 4, 2011

Simply can’t get enough of this - managed to find the Holy Grail of Doddington ice creams - Newcastle Brown Ale flavour. Spent nearly a year trying to find it somewhere, and Corbridge Larder Morpeth comes up trumps! I had guessed that “dog” would be a bit delicate for ice cream - and this flavour is more like brown ale fudge chunks (can we get this as a standalone product?) - still amazingly creamy and rich though, but double ginger…

Bridges Festival Round-up

  • August 24, 2011

In addition to the Seven Bridges Pop-up Restaurant, we managed to check out some other tasty bits at last weekend’s Bridges Festival:

The Feathers Inn Fentiman’s Ice Cream Float

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Review of Malmaison Newcastle

  • August 22, 2011

Malmaison Newcastle recently held an event for North East bloggers to get together and meet with the Malmaison marketing team at their Brasserie on the Quayside (NE1 3DX). I joined fellow locals (below) to find out how the brasserie stacks up…

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Bridges Festival 7 Bridges Pop-up Restaurant

  • August 16, 2011

One of the many interesting features of this weekends Bridges Festival was the “7 Bridges Pop-up Restaurant” on Sunday at Baltic Square. Billed as “an unusual restaurant that ebbs and flows with the strong river tides” I had to check it out!

Colman’s Fish and Chips

  • August 6, 2011

Believe the hype. Not too much to say about take away fish and chips from Colmans (Ocean Road, South Shields), other than, it was amazing. While £5.90 is the most I’ve ever paid for takeaway fish & chips - it was worth every penny. The portion size emphasizes quality over quantity, and it shows - fresh sustainably sourced and locally caught fish wrapped in super light and crispy batter. Chips with that perfect blend of fluffy inside and crispy outer layer didn’t…