My boyfriend Chris whisked me away to Newcastle last weekend. Yes, I know, not the most romantic destination, but when we first started dating over a year ago he promised that he would be my guide in the city one day. So finally, I got to see the the lovely capital of the North East, its (old) new castle, and its many, many, hen parties. As with all my city trips, food played a big part in this weekend! Breakfast was my favourite meal in Newcastle, and there are a few places that I would really like to go back to.
Blake’s – 53 Grey St
We found this place by accident, but according to a local friend “that’s where you go for breakfast”. It feels really cosy and unpretentious, but breakfast is presented beautifully and the fresh sandwiches look delicious. It feels like a very welcoming family business and would be a great place to sit and read a good book in.
Quay Ingredient – 4 Queen Street, Quayside
Okay, so we didn’t actually manage to try this place (it was on the list but closed on the day we wanted to go), but friends have confirmed that this is the perfect place for brunch. Not only does it have a great name (guess where it’s located!), but it serves wonderful treats like cinnamon pancakes and eggs benedict with parma ham.
Dil & The Bear – 18 Front Street, Tynemouth
Alright, so this one isn’t in central Newcastle but Tynemouth is only a few metro stops away! After wandering around the local market and walking by the sea, we stopped here for brunch. Their cakes were amazing and I loved their little tea cosies and mini milk bottles – it’s all in the details!
BALTIC Kitchen – Gateshead Quays, Southshore Road, Gateshead
On the ground floor of the impressive BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, the Kitchen has a lovely view over the River Tyne and the Millenium Bridge. Go there for fresh scones or a smoked salmon and avocado toast, then head upstairs to check out some exhibitions and watch the bridge tilt from a viewing platform.
Although Newcastle’s nightlife wasn’t really my cup of tea (and that’s an understatement) I really enjoyed walking around the quayside, having a few nice meals, and visiting nearby Tynemouth and Durham. I’ll probably be back soon to meet more of Chris’s friends and try the other places on my foodie list!