It was my birthday this week, and one of my gifts was aftfernoon tea at Close House, which is somewhere we’d never been before, so it was great to go and check it out.
A quick peep at some of the food I consumed during this year’s (excellent but very rainy) EAT NewcastleGateshead!
Fenkle Street restaurant at Hotel Indigo to open early next year, reports The Journal. Look forward to seeing what he can offer, and getting a review to you guys in 2012!
Flying up the glass elevator at the front of the Baltic (NE8 3BA) takes you to one of the highest and greatest views in Newcastle – not a bad place to try some of the best food the city has to offer.
First time at Gorman’s (of Westerhope) fish & chips – very nice.
Truly great pub food.
In the morning, Blagdon farm shop brings out freshly made sausage rolls - still warm, on the counter at the till. It’s not hyperbole when I say these are the best sausage rolls you can get in the North East! Amazing. 89p each. Blagdon Farm Shop NE13 6DA
We visited La Gabbia (NE2 1AP) after getting a recent voucher on Groupon, which I can only hope has boosted this restaurants profile – it’s location is a little out of the way but charming nonetheless.
Lunchtime snack from the aforementioned Sachins in Fenwick’s food hall - onion bhaji (£1.15), vegetable samosa (£1.15), peshwari naan (£1.35). Bhajis are a bit greasy when not reheated but gorgeously spicy all the same.
Ultra-creamy fig ice-cream cone from Doddington dairy hits the spot on a lovely spring day. Check out their stall just outside the Civic Centre - today only!
Oldfields (18 Claypath), promises “real British food, simply prepared using the finest, local farm-sourced seasonal produce, at good value”. Having visited on two occasions, I probably can’t argue with that.
First-rate modern Punjabi food.