Dining Out

Perfect for date night or going out with friends.

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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Collage – Radisson Blu, Durham*

As someone not particularly familiar with the area, it can be difficult offering up recommendations to people visiting Durham. It doesn’t have the selection of restaurants that Newcastle is blessed with, although there is extensive redevelopment work happening in the…
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Côte Brasserie, Newcastle

Another restaurant has opened its doors in the Toon. Côte Brasserie is part of an upmarket chain which originally launched in the capital and has become ubiquitous in most cities over the last few years. It has taken over the…
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DOJO Newcastle – Review

It’s great to find ‘hidden gems’ in the Toon. I’ve said a few times I have a long list of places I want to try and aim to work my way through them systematically. Curve balls are thrown even at…
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Wagamama – New Vegan Menu

It’s great to see more and more high street restaurants expand their vegan offering, so there was a huge fanfare when Wagamama recently announced it would be launching a specific vegetarian and vegan menu recently. Although Waga have accommodated, it…
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Eating anything but beef at Beefeater!

Like Toby Carvery, Beefeater is not the sort of place you’d imagine vegans being keen to dine at. Many people – myself included – have families that don’t share their diets and find themselves having to eat in restaurants where…
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Vegan Pizza in the North East

The last National Pizza Day posed an interesting question for me. I had a plethora of suggestions for our veggie and meat-loving readers, but I wondered where in the area served up a top notch dairy-free cheese option for us…
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