Dining Out

Perfect for date night or going out with friends.

River Bar, Washington

It’s probably been over a decade since my last trip to the site that houses River Bar. Its neighbour, Italian restaurant Fiume, is a Washington institution. I doubt there’s anyone in the area who hasn’t eaten their once famous Chicken…
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Man vs Food Grill, South Shields

Yep, you read that right. South Shields. Home to award winning Colmans, which has graced the pages of this blog. You have wonderful Minchella’s on the seafront. There’s Ocean Road and its amazing curry house half mile. But other than…
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Cal’s Own – Saturday Night In with the Lurgy

Him Indoors had chicken pox all last week. It’s unusual for adults to be struck with this affliction, so it was quite a surprise when I spotted the tell tale rash. He’d complained about feeling fluey the previous weekend and…
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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, Tyneside Bar Café

A jokey conversation with Rachel Kershaw (Life in Geordieland) on Twitter bemoaning a lack of plans on Mother’s Day led me to being invited along to the Tyneside Bar Café for Afternoon Tea. These were launched this month and was looking…
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Painted Elephant, Newcastle (Now Closed)

As I’ve said previously, I was vegetarian in my youth. I didn’t find it easy as a fussy eater, especially not liking mushrooms! I found when I ate out the only options involved portobellos and/or pasta, so was pretty uninspired….
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Review – Artisan, Newcastle

It was over a decade between my visits to the restaurant based in The Biscuit Factory, much to my shame. I can’t even remember which incarnation it was back then. All I recall was I was vegetarian at the time,…
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Wynyard Hall Hotel and Spa

The last few weeks have been very tough and tiring for both me and Him Indoors. He spent some time away with work and I’ve felt a bit blue for one reason and another. I was thinking about an evening…
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Review – Peace & Loaf, Jesmond

Regular readers of my blog know I’m honest when reviewing. This doesn’t always win me fans in the restaurants I’ve visited, but I’d like to think I’m always fair and balanced in what’s been said. I’ve only omitted one post…
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