Starks Kitchen – Heaton

You can’t miss Starks Kitchen if you’re driving down Chillingham Road in Heaton. The bright white signage and (stark) white interior really stands out from the rest of the shop fronts.  Starks Kitchen has opened up where Cal’s Own used to be (the best pizza in the toon has moved to Jesmond). It’s a family-run venture, with husband and wife…

Flat White Kitchen – Durham

I’ve wanted to visit Flat White Kitchen since it opened back in October last year. Located on Saddler Street, next door to Bill’s and pretty close to Flat White cafe, this place looks impressive from the outset.  Flat White cafe has been my number one place to get coffee in Durham, because they serve my favourite OCC coffee,…

The View – Tynemouth Longsands

Two years in the making, The View at Tynemouth Longsands, is now open for business! Owned by the Wilson family, who also own Crusoe’s, The View really lives up to its name… with huge ceiling to floor windows, there are panoramic views of the beach from every seat in the restaurant. The seaside theme is…

Violets Cafe – Newcastle Quayside

Violets Cafe opened on the Quayside at the beginning of June this year. Located right next to The Side Gallery, this cute little cafe is owned by Abbie Atkinson, wife of NE chef Kenny Atkinson. I’ve followed Abbie on Instagram for a while and she often posts pictures of delicious-looking home baked treats. A few months…

Bircher Muesli Recipe

I decided to give this recipe a try after watching Vivianna Does Makeup’s video. I changed it up a bit and use some mashed berries. I’ve since made it with mashed banana and topped with chopped pistachios which was delicious! Also totally yummy with just oats, seeds, nuts and milk. This has fast become my favourite weekday…

Branches Ponteland – Review

Branches Restaurant opened in Ponteland at the beginning of April, I spotted it on a random trip to Waitrose mid-April. The restaurant is on Brewery Lane, right next to the entrance to the Waitrose car park where Indian restaurant Sampan (RIP) used to be. This new venture is owned by businesswoman Aysha Pervez, with Chris Finnigan as Head…

Desserts & Decadence at The Botanist

The Botanist opened in Newcastle at the end of 2014, and no matter what time of day I’ve been in or walked past, it’s ALWAYS been busy… there’s sometimes even a queue to get in – the people of the Toon clearly love it. The Botanist have very recently launched their new food menu, I was invited…

Jamie’s Italian – Newcastle

Jamie’s Italian opened in Newcastle two years ago and over those two years I’ve been there a whole two times (I tried to go on Easter weekend this year but there was a 45 minute wait so we went to Byron instead, my friend’s husband was too hungry to wait!). The people at Jamie’s kindly invited…

Chia Pudding Recipe

I’m sure you’ve heard of chia seeds, they’re everywhere these days. I first started buying them two years ago, after starting the 5:2 diet (you can read about this here), now they’re always on my shopping list. Tesco have started selling their own chia seeds, for £1 a bag, this is a steal compared to…

Hinnies – Whitley Bay

When I read that the people behind Blackfriars, were opening a restaurant serving Geordie comfort food in Whitley Bay, I was interested. I mean, the name is propa cushty/lush/mint hinny! (Sorry) Hinnies is located on East Parade, looking out onto the sea front (where How Do You Do used to be) and even on a cold,…

Dil & the Bear

Dil & the Bear is a cute little cafe and patisserie on Front Street, Tynemouth. If you live up here, you’ve no doubt already heard about Dil & the Bear. I’ve been trying to eat here for AGES, it’s always been packed when we’ve tried to go. I expected it to be the same situation the sunny…

1901 Caffe Bistro

1901 Caffe Bistro is located inside a beautiful church building on St. Georges Terrace, Jesmond. I never knew it was there, but it’s been open for quite a few years and was taken over by new owners last year. 1901 has recently undergone a refurb, I’d heard wonderful things from my friend who lives close by so…