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Robineau Patisserie – Darlington

I have to say I was expecting more from the exterior of Robineau Patisserie, having heard rave reviews from friends. We were in Darlington to pick up Olive, a VW Campervan we used for adventures in Yorkshire last weekend. A series…
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Lotti’s Voluptuous Delights – Stokesley

My inability to fit into size 8 jeans is a testament to my love of cake. If we’re going somewhere new I’ll research where we can eat in the area, and that will usually involve tea rooms and bakeries. I…
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D’Acqua – The Best Restaurant in Sunderland?

Yes, I’m back in Sunderland again. Many of my friends rave about D’Acqua on Facebook. I had visited but wasn’t overly impressed first time round. The food wasn’t awful, I just wasn’t sure what they were trying to accomplish with it. The menu…
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Exit Newcastle and Zapatista – Fun for all the Family

I don’t think I’m very clever. I remember watching Frasier when I was younger and envisaging the highbrow conversations about Art and Literature I’d have with my pals when I was a grown up. Instead my ‘special talents’ include quoting lines…
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Chez Mal – Malmaison, Newcastle

I remember when Malmaison opened on the Quayside, 20 years ago. Newcastle was very different then, and somewhere of this calibre opening was a big deal. It was *THE* destination for a fancy meal or night out at the time….
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The Secret Garden Tea Room – Sunderland

I got lost on the way to work this week and, rather than it being a catastrophe, it became a serendipitous turn of events when I stumbled across The Secret Garden Tea Room in South Hylton. On the corner of…
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