Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Not So Hidden Gem's in Newcaslte*

When Shaun from Talented Talkers got in touch asking me if I wanted to take part in a post about some hidden gems in Newcastle I jumped at the chance, then I remembered I'm a pretty boring person and don't go anywhere exciting and when it comes to food I am ridiculously fussy. However there are a few place I love in Newcastle and surrounding area's that I would recommend to anyone even if one of them isn't exactly hidden however my favourite places within it aren't in plain sight so it's alright.

Fenwicks is my favourite spot in the centre of Newcastle, it has everything you could ever want store wise. However I love it for its food, although it has a food hall it also has restaurants on different floors, my favourite is the Northside Diner which is at the back of the toy floor, it blends in with the rest of the floor so perfectly you could easily overlook it. The food is classic American Diner style, the menu filled with burgers, dogs and the cheesiest mac and cheese ever! Thick creamy milkshakes and amazing waffles too. It's definitely worth a visit if you've got some fussy eaters with you or if you want somewhere quirky.

Fenwicks also houses the amazing Cafe 21 who do an extremely affordable afternoon tea. This one is a lot more hidden, around a corner on the first floor, on my first visit it took me a little while to find it. However once I did I was in a quiet little haven with a pot of tea and delicious treats, while outside was filled with hussle and bussle of the town. Cafe 21 is a great place to go for a special little treat, it's one of my favourite places I've been for afternoon tea, they have a special 'Confectioners Afternoon Tea' which skips the sandwiches which is brilliant because lets face it, it's all about the scones and cake!

Personally I would recommend staying in Newcastle for a couple of nights so you can get a real feel for the city, even more so you should stay to visit the surrounding areas, Travelodge have severeal hotels in the area including one on the Quayside which looks beautiful at night which is just a stones throw from the train station meaning you could visit some of the many amazing places around the North East such as one of my personal favourites Alnwick.

Alnwick is not only home to the famous castle and gardens which are definitely worth a visit if you're a Harry Potter fan or if you just want to see some beautiful stuff. However Alnwick to me is the best because it has my favourite book shop ever, I mean EVER. Barter Books is located in Alnwick, its an old train station and it is home to hundreds of second hand books, every chance I get I pop up to raid it for new reads, you can't go wrong when your classic horrors are £2.80. The place itself is stunning architecture wise and they have a little toy train which goes along the bookshelves, it's a great place to visit for all ages.

If you're heading up North you might as well make a few days of it and book yourself into a Travelodge in Newcastle since it is known as the heart of the North East, and try out as many places as possible and give Alnwick a visit as you won't regret it.

K. x
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1 comment:

  1. Confectioners afternoon tea is more or less my favourite idea ever!