Café Royal – Afternoon Tea

Last month I wrote a review of Café Royal, the place I had originally wanted to be my first blog post but I chickened out of taking any photos, because I was a scaredy cat. This has been one of my favourite places in Newcastle since my lovely friend Heidi introduced me to it back in 2003. I’ve…

Anna Hedworth – The Grazer

I first met Anna the week she opened her amazing new venture Cook House (in 2 adjoining shipping containers!) back in August last year. I popped along with my mum for breakfast, you can read about that here. Anna started out by writing a food blog, The Grazer which has become, in Anna’s words, her…

Café Royal

Café Royal will always and forever remind me of my good friend Heidi who introduced me to this hidden gem back in 2003 (I realise it’s very well-known now). I remember being shocked that I’d never heard of it, yet it was so close to Monument (I used to spend all of my spare time…

Curious Leaves – Grainger Market

Mrs Pumphrey’s Curious Leaves Tea Shoppe is now open for business within Newcastle’s Grainger Market. Part of the Pumphrey’s Coffee family, Curious Leaves is all about the tea! With lots of speciality teas to choose from, you can either sit in and sip (like I did) or buy a bag of tea to enjoy at home (OR BOTH)….

Maxine Ashleigh – Little Miss Delicious

I first heard about Little Miss Delicious from my friend Julie, which won’t be a surprise to any of you who know Julie! Little Miss Delicious is an independent online shop that specialises in handmade jewellery made from polymer clay, as well as accessories and apparel that are so adorably kawaii. I’m talking pizza slices with cute…

Post Box Ponteland

  Post Box is the brand new café that has just opened on Main Street, Ponteland. Sandwiched in-between Bridgfords and Ponteland Tandoori, Post Box really stands out – it might be something to do with the pretty red bench outside, freshly painted front and kilner jar lights hanging in the window. My friend Sarah and I have had this in…

Bill’s Restaurant, Durham

Ever since my friend (who lives in Lewes) told me about Bill’s, I’ve wanted to go. I love their story, oh and the food looked rather delicious… I was chuffed to bits when she told me they were opening up in Durham. Bill’s opened their doors in Durham about a month ago and is located on…

Chloe Hall – Bumble & Bloom Media

I’m very excited about this post which is the second in my series of features! (If you didn’t catch it, my first feature was all about the wonderful Bels Flowers – read it here.) Chloe Hall is quite the busy lady! Founder of gorgeous North East lifestyle blog Prosecco and Pie and newly established small business Bumble and Bloom Media, Chloe was also shortlisted…

Portraits of India

I took a lot of photos of the people I met in Amritsar and Delhi. The people I photographed were so polite and humble. The kind old man with the balloons almost made me cry because he was so happy to hear that I wanted to take his photo. Here they are. I hope you…

The Golden Temple, Amritsar

Hello! I’ve already been back a week and I haven’t had a chance to even look at my blog. I don’t feel festive whatsoever for some reason, perhaps something to do with the 25+ degree weather in Amritsar and Delhi… oh and the fact that I haven’t bought any Christmas presents yet. Back to the main…

Cal’s Own

Last night, lots of North East bloggers congregated to say happy 2nd birthday to Cal’s Own 🙂 You can find this fine Brooklyn Style Pizza Pie establishment at 207 Chillingham Road, Heaton. If you haven’t been to Cal’s in the two years it’s been open then I suggest you stop reading this post and get yourself there…

The Time I lived in Paris… (Part 1)

Things were very different for me in 2010. I was working in finance (not loving it loads) and we hadn’t started looking for a house to buy, so were renting in South Gosforth. One cold February morning I was asked into a meeting with my manager’s manager… He was really nice but obviously I was…

St Mary’s Inn

St Mary’s Inn is a newly opened gastropub in St Mary’s Park just outside Morpeth and is the brand new venture by the Jesmond Dene House family. I was lucky enough to be invited along with Chloe to sample the menu and have a peek around the place. We drove up on Monday evening, encountering lots of lovely…

Bels Flowers

At my best friend’s (read more about that here) I couldn’t get over how beautiful the floral arrangements were. They were all created by the very talented team at Bels Flowers.  I sent Helen (who owns and manages Bels Flowers) my photos for her to put on her Facebook page and thought I’d ask if she’d…

Dat Bar Newcastle

Dat Bar, attached to the Theatre Royal, used to be known as Pasqualinos, but the De Giorgi family have transformed it entirely. I popped in for a drink about a month ago with a friend who’d wanted to go for ages. We instantly loved it, so went back for lunch yesterday. Dat Bar has a huge…

RE Corbridge

The sun was shining today, so after quite a lazy morning (the best kind of Sunday morning) we decided to have a drive to Corbridge. First stop was RE. I checked with the staff that it was okay for me to take photos and was given the go-ahead straight away… off I went with my…

Haveli – Ponteland

Haveli opened in Ponteland last year and it’s been on my list of places to visit since then as it’s not far from where we live now (and about a 3 minute walk from where I used to live many many years ago). We very rarely go out for indian food (being indian, we eat indian…

Jam Jar Jesmond

Another place that has been on my list for a long time, Jam Jar on Osborne Road has been open since early September 2013. I was meeting friends for brunch and couldn’t decide where to go, Sarah who works with me suggested Jam Jar and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself. (Great…