October 19, 2014

Sunday Life #2 - Newcastle

grainger market newcastle Earlier this week myself and my boyfriend took advantage of having a couple of days off together and sauntered off to Newcastle for the night. We have been a couple of times, and always really enjoy it and as it's so close it seemed like the perfect destination for a very mini getaway. We spent our time eating, shopping and of course enjoying quite a few beverages. Unfortunately I didn't take my camera out with me in the evening so you will be spared from any drunken selfies, but I did snap a few other bits of our little adventure;

blakes newcastle brunch An amazing brunch at Blakes, I went for the Eggs Benedict, but I only like a little drizzle of sauce. This place is definitely a firm favourite and somewhere I always visit when I'm in Newcastle. It's a lovely laid back atmosphere with lots of reading material lying around if your feeling anti social, and of course the food is delicious. 
grainger market newcastle grainger market newcastle
I always love walking through the Grainger Market, it's packed full of all sorts from fruits and veggies to clothes and tea. You'll also find lots of lovely little takeaways and cafes to sample some of the treats on offer, I loved the Marks & Spencer stall. We spent a good while shopping, it's always nice to go somewhere where there's shops you don't get at home, I was also really excited by the Christmas departments in Fenwicks...
the trent house newcastle
The only pub related picture from our trip I have is this quick snap from The Trent House. This was somewhere my other half wanted to visit as they brew their own beer, so definitely worth a visit for any craft beer fans. After this we headed back to our hotel and got ready for an evening of huge burgers at Dat Bar and then far too many cocktails at Pleased To Meet You, both fabulous and worthy of a visit. Any Gin fans will particularly love Pleased To Meet You, I've never seen such a selection and the staff are great, they really encourage you to be adventurous and customise your drinks. We headed home in the early hours with full bellies and feeling more than a little tipsy it was the perfect end to the perfect day.
tea at the quay ingredient newcastle pancakes at the quay ingredient newcastle french toast at the quay ingredient newcastle
The next morning we took our time getting ready and then headed for brunch at a little hidden cafe called The Quay Ingredient. I had French Toast and he had Cinnamon Pancakes, the food was good but not amazing. We had to wait quite a while for our order to arrive, which was okay and it was good food, just maybe not worth the wait. I would go back, but maybe just for some tea and cake, as the cakes looked incredible.
coop chicken house newcastle
Later that day after some more shopping, and just before we had to hop on our train home we headed for some serious comfort food. Coop Chicken House isn't somewhere we had been before, but definitely somewhere we knew we had to try. We were welcomed in out the cold by the lovely staff who could not have been more accommodating. The set up is you basically pick your portion of chicken, then add on some sides and tuck in, we were all about the sharing but you can get smaller sizes if your not up for sharing. We went for the whole chicken, with sides of coleslaw, bbq beans, sweet potato fries, normal fries and some shots of chilli sauces. The food was incredible and I couldn't resist having one of the Bacardi Cola Floats for desert, so wonderful!

I had a wonderful little mini adventure, Newcastle is such a fun and welcoming City, I would definitely recommend it for a small getaway.


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