Reviews

  • Quayside Cool - Barrio Comida Review

    Barrio Comida – which translates as ‘neighbourhood food’ has been on our radar since we tried chef Shaun Hurrell’s Californian spin on tacos at the Boilershop Steamer two years ago. He’s since set up permanent residency in a shipping container, helped by the guys at Riley’s fish shack in Tynemouth.

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  • Simply Spanish - Tapas Revolution Review

    Of all the restaurants that have recently opened in Eldon Square, Tapas Revolution was the one we were most looking forward to trying. It’s one of a group of seven restaurants run by Omar Allibhoy, the award winning  Spanish chef on a mission to bring the best Spanish food to the UK. We visited at lunchtime on […]

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  • Elegant Decadence - Dobson and Parnell Review

    Dobson and Parnell has been on our radar since it opened in December and we were excited to check it out. Located at the prestigious 21 Queen Street – former home of Terry Labourne’s michelin-starred restaurant before it moved and more recently Pan Haggerty, they have big boots to fill.

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  • Chow down - Chaophraya Review

    We continued our quest to conquer Newcastle’s culinary scene recently with a trip to Chaophraya. Billed as ‘Thai fine dining’ and occupying a much coveted spot in the new bit of Eldon Square, we were excited to check out the views and the food on offer. My good friend S was visiting from Edinburgh where […]

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  • On The Money - Shilling Review

    On a sunny February day we decided to stop by Shilling for lunch with our toddler. We’ve been following their progress with interest on instagram since they opened to minimal fanfare just before Christmas, and were keen to sample some of their grub. We received a warm welcome as we walked into what used to be […]

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  • Wine Tasting Evening - Horton Grange Review

    I well and truly fell off the dry January wagon the other night, when Horton Grange kindly invited us to their Wine Tasting Evening (prosecco, canapés, 5 courses & 5 wines for £39.50). Who am I to say no to an offer like that? Pulling up at the country house hotel outside Ponteland we didn’t quite know […]

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  • Pig Out - Kracklin Review

    Sometimes you don’t want a fancy meal, sometimes you just want a really good sandwich. Newcastle is awash with burger places and smokehouses, but until recently it’s been seriously lacking in decent sandwich places. To call Kracklin a ‘sandwich place’ is doing it a bit of disservice though. The first impressions we had were this place is COOL. Small […]

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  • A-mezze-ing - Beirut Lounge Review

    Nothing beats a warm, genuine welcome when you enter a restaurant. Along with great food, it’s all about the experience and when a place manages to make you feel like a guest in their home you know they’re onto a good thing. We had been looking forward to checking out Beirut Lounge, having seen lots […]

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  • A Cheeky Italian - Jamie's Italian Review

    We’ve been to Jamie’s Italian a few times since it opened in Newcastle and have had some good times there, so when we were invited to check out their super lunch menu (two courses £11.95 or three for £13.95) we thought we’d give it another go. We arrived just as their beautiful real christmas tree […]

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  • The Art of Eating Out - The Smeltery at MIMA Review

    An art gallery isn’t usually the first place you think of when it comes to eating out. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is a place we’ve never been before, with the terrible excuse of an hours drive putting us off. So when we were invited to the launch of their Sunday Lunch service […]

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