Tea and brownies at Quilliam Brothers' Teahouse

Time for Tea at Quilliam Brothers’ Teahouse

When one of my closest friends suggested coming over to Newcastle from Durham for tea and cake this week, I had absolutely no difficulty choosing where to take her for a good ol' pot of tea, and baked goods that will impress. While there are many coffee shops in the toon, we have a distinct…

Pani's Cafe Main Course

Sardinian Success at Pani’s Café

After a festive period full of over-indulgence and feasting, I went in search of somewhere to have a light lunch with my sister on our annual January shopping trip. Pani's Café on High Bridge in Newcastle had been recommended to me before, and I thought that this could be the perfect opportunity to sample some…

Giant Yorkshires and Jakehead IPA – Sunday Lunch at The Tap & Kitchen

It has been a long time since I enjoyed a good Sunday roast in a restaurant. Too often you're given a plate full of tough meat, frozen Yorkshire puddings, overdone veg and what my family call 'rainbow gravy' (if you know, you know). It was an absolute revelation to have a beautiful roast dinner last…

Dining Out at Chaophraya

As a general rule of thumb, I tend to avoid chain restaurants in favour of great, independent eateries. However, from the first time I ate at Chaophraya in Newcastle, I knew that this was going to be one of a few exceptions to that rule! This Thai restaurant is not only elegant and luxurious with…

Feasting at Francesca’s

Pizzeria Francesca is a firm favourite with families, friends, students and Jesmond locals, and has been for many years. From the moment that you step into this pizzeria, you can really see why - everything from the intimate atmosphere, to the gorgeous looking pizzas and pasta dishes, scream Italian authenticity! Francesca's delivers everything you might…

The French Quarter, Newcastle – ‘French Tapas’ and Why It Worked For Me

I am a proud Geordie who loves Newcastle to bits and there is not often a time I can find fault in the city. However, up until recently there has been a noticeable and disappointing lack of French eateries in my beloved city. When I saw on social media that a French café, wine bar,…