NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE – MORE THAN JUST A PARTY CITY
When you think of Newcastle, you think Stag/Hen parties, drunken nights out on the Bigg Market and Geordie Shore. Well, I am here to tell you there is so much more to this city than a pub crawl followed by a dodgy kebab.
I have lived in Newcastle for nearly 12 years now, moving here from nearby Northumberland for University. I can happily say, it is my absolute favourite city in the whole of the UK, and here is why I wanted to make a Newcastle City Guide:
THINGS TO EAT
As a food blogger and general fan of stuffing my face, Newcastle has my heart. We have some top notch eateries around here, from the recently awarded Michelin star, House of Tides, to the street food markets regularly popping up all over the place.
Whether you like haute cuisine or eating food from a truck, we got you covered. Like most cities, we are lousy with chain places, with a new and exciting Grey’s Restaurant Quarter opening in autumn 2016. What we also have, is a great selection of local independent places. Here are some of my personal favourites:
Cals Own Pizza – Located slightly outside of the city centre, but just 10 minutes on the Metro train, these neopolitana style pizzas are out of this world, Buzzfeed ranked it in their “Top 18 pizzas to try before you die” – definitely worth a short train ride.
Tyneside Bar Café – This is my top lunch venue with kids. They have a small but perfectly formed menu, with regularly changing specials and there’s games and colouring in things to keep the little people happy. Top tip – the grilled cheese is something special.
Fat Hippo – If you love a good burger, you have got to eat here. Their city centre restaurant (Fat Hippo Underground) has a cool urban feel, serving up some of the finest burgers in the land – think thin, juicy patties in pillow-y brioche buns, with all manner of topping choices. Don’t even get me started on the thrice cooked chips.
Pet Lamb Patisserie – Nestled in the historic listed Grainger Market, some real sweet treats can be found. Quite possibly one of the cutest little cake shops you’ll ever find, run by two of the nicest people. I strongly recommend the brownies – fudgy beyond belief, the Nutella and raspberry are especially good.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
Newcastle is actually quite a small city, with a great public transport network. We have a great Metro system which goes from the coast through the city centre and all the way to Sunderland. It means you could hop on a train and in 20 minutes be at one of the best beaches in the UK – Tynemouth. We are also on the edge of Northumberland, which has some of the best countryside and national trust properties in the UK. If you’re here for a holiday, it means you can get the best of all worlds – coast, city and country! Here are a few of my favourite central places to visit;