Dining Out

Perfect for date night or going out with friends.

Vegan Food at Cal’s Own

It’s great to see more vegan options becoming available across the country in chain restaurants and I think many of us are forgetting our local independents in the rush to give them a try. I’m guilty of this myself so…
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DokiDoki Newcastle

Many culinary paths are well-trodden in the Newcastle dining scene. Burgers and BBQ? We more than have that covered. French cuisine? The wonderful French Quarter is now serving up delightful plates of food in a relaxed and sociable ambience. Raw…
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Vegan Cheese arrives at Pizza Hut nationwide

I’ve been quite vocal online recently in my dismay at Pizza Hut charging an extra £1 for the use of Violife (a dairy free cheese substitute) on their pizzas following a successful trial across 5 branches in the South East…
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Dosa Kitchen returns to Newcastle

One of our hidden gems on the blog last year – and an incredibly popular post – was about Dosa Kitchen, a weekend pop-up in a business centre that ticked all the right boxes when it came to South Indian…
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Urban Mushrooms at Tyneside Bar Cafe

The YMCA Newcastle has embarked on a social enterprise venture in a bid to becoming more self-sustaining. One of these ventures – Urban Mushrooms – particularly interested me with its environmental and social agenda. Collecting the used coffee waste from…
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The Herb Garden at the Harbour – Evening Meal

Following on from our slightly disappointing lunch in the summer at Herb Garden’s Harbour restaurant (which you can read about here) I took my sister along for an evening meal recently. Some places do deserve a second chance as off-days…
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Handmade Burger Co returns to the Metrocentre

It was with some sadness earlier in the year that we discovered chain Handmade Burger Co had fallen into administration. It was with a little bit of selfishness on our part as this one of the few restaurants that had…
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Hinnies, Whitley Bay

One of my favourite places to eat – and recommend – is Blackfriars in Newcastle. As well as a seasonal menu focused on local produce, it also accommodates dietary requirements such as my own. Its sister restaurant in Whitley Bay…
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Ask Italian, Metrocentre

While out shopping with my sister in the Metrocentre recently I got a real craving for pasta. There aren’t a huge amount of Italian restaurants in the shopping centre now the Mediterranean Village has ceased to be – who remembers…
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Toby Carvery’s New Vegan Dishes

When the weather turns chilly we seem to gravitate towards comforting food naturally, so it’s great to see not all restaurants and chains think us vegans only eat salad. I have featured Toby Carvery on the Canny Food blog earlier…
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