Wynyard Hall Stay
Having managed to bag a White Friday deal from Wynyard Hall before Christmas for an overnight stay our only issue was when we were going to squeeze it in before the baby arrived. We managed to book in for our last free weekend before the due date & got Jnr looked after for the night. Having spoken to Daniel, the general manager of The Wellington Restaurant, about what the vegan options were for breakfast, I was happy to hear the kitchen would accommodate.
Having already visited for an overnight package at the bargain price of £99 it seems I was right in my judgement that we’d been upgraded during that trip as our room this time round was a lot smaller. The bathroom was also separate, which isn’t great if you’re almost 9 months pregnant!
The Embleton features a king-size bed lots of squishy pillows, which meant I actually had a decent nights’ sleep. Upon venturing down for breakfast we were disappointed to hear that there were no notes passed to the kitchen about our breakfast requirements, which meant a pretty poor show on the ‘Full English’ for Mr. Canny. I was incredibly disappointed once again with communication at the hotel, as I’ve documented in my Festive Afternoon Tea post. I filled up on croissants, which were delicious, however.
Wynyard offer ‘A Taste of Wynyard’ special offer for £125 per room, which includes a 5 course tasting menu, so our £99 deal doesn’t seem that special now. No matter, it was still nice to get away for the evening. Just as shame the service didn’t live up to expectations when historically we’ve enjoyed snag free visits.
The Bake One, Gosforth
I sometimes let Mr. Canny off his leash to enjoy meals out without me and on one such occasion recently he found himself in the sister establishment of The Bake, which we reviewed a little while ago. Located on Gosforth High Street, The Bake One is not far from where he works, and he hoped there would be no issue in regards to his veganism. The menu includes a range of hot and cold mezze, meat dishes from the grill and a selection of meat and veggie wraps.
He ate Beirut style Hummus – a chickpea puree with hot green chilli, parsley, sesame paste & lemon juice – to start, which was then followed by Vegetable Moussaka. He said it was enjoyable, although the vegan options were limited. It is somewhere he would definitely consider returning to, especially with its proximity to work and reasonable prices.
Nando’s, Gateshead Trinity Square
Another week, another chain! It’s becoming a habit to nip into chains for us since we’ve found them more accommodating on the vegan front than many of the independents we’ve tried of late. Nando’s don’t have a huge amount of choice which isn’t surprising considering the type of establishment it is, but Mr. Canny is quite happy to have the Veggie Burger when he visits. We just remind them to hold the mayo! He especially enjoys their Sweet Potato Wedges from the Fino Sides selection.
I’ve recently become a fan of their Halloumi and Portobello Mushroom Wrap, pictured here with Fries and Spicy Rice. At 10.45 it isn’t cheap, but I do find it filling. As Nando’s isn’t far from where we live I forsee Mr. Canny being sent in on the way home once the baby arrives for take away 🙂
The Great British Cupcakery, Newcastle Quayside
GB Cupcakery is somewhere I have reviewed previously, and we took the opportunity to stop for a quick cuppa and cake before venturing to Newcastle Castle last week with the in-laws. Presented with the wide selection of cakes, my sogra was adamant she wasn’t hungry, but eventually relented and had a Raspberry and Chocolate Bun.
I couldn’t resist the Mars Crispy Slice, but had to take it home in a doggy bag as I couldn’t manage it in one sitting. Great that they have dairy-free drink options for the Mr, but it would be nice if some of the cakes could also accommodate those who are lactose intolerant/following a vegan diet. As always it’s a thumbs up from me. Just a shame I didn’t have room to try another of their amazing milkshakes! At £16 for 4 drinks and two cakes I think it’s great value for money.
Pizza by the Slice, Grainger Market
I really wanted to show the family some great places we have to eat in Newcastle, just as they did when I was in Brazil. My father-in-law said he fancied pizza, and with Cal’s Own refurbing their new Jesmond eatery and Pizzeria Italia being too far out of the way we recommended Pizza by the Slice, located in the Grainger Market. He loved it so much he ate there for lunch two days in a row! The market is a great place to wander round with visitors, sampling different foods. I hope we might get a chance to pop in again to try out Nan Bei and Lindsay’s, as I suspect they might like the Portuguese Sardines on offer.
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