We’ve been invited along to the relaunch of the Fenwick Food Hall, located within the iconic department store. I was always a big fan of their delicatessen and would pop in for a YoSushi or to stock up on confectionery items when in Newcastle. It was in desperate need of revamp though, having lost some of its customers to the now hip Grainger Market.
Because we’re moving house we unfortunately couldn’t dedicate time to the event, which I’m sure will be a corker. Instead we popped in while doing errands to have a peek and to stock up on essentials. It was very clear that no expense was spared during the refurbishment programme, and it was fantastic to see some new eateries open too.
Fuego has been open for a few weeks now, selling their hand stretched pizzas and Tapas. Food can be eaten at the bar area, which is situated amongst the new Wine and Beer section of the Food Hall, or in a dining area. Prices are chain standard, starting at £9.50 for a Margherita Pizza and between £4 and £7.50 for cold or hot Tapas plates. Definitely worth a visit for a stylish long lunch with a glass of wine or three.
The Naked Deli are stocking their fridges with take-away food, which will be perfect for those trying to eat clean who work in the city centre. Mason + Rye have some pretty amazing patisserie for those of us who aren’t watching the calories. Their Strawberry and Mascapone Muffin (£1.95 to take away) was fantastic. I’d be interested to try out their Afternoon Tea option, being such an aficionado!
It was great to see Popaball is still being stocked on the shelves, and their extensive fresh produce offering improved with a meat and game specialist, a new fish and seafood counter and some fantastic cheeses in their Delicatessen section. I couldn’t resist buying nibbles for my own Tapas plates, inspired by the Fuego menu.
I was pleased to see Ouseburn Coffee Company in the Hall, which means we can stock up on our beans for Mr. Canny’s morning brew. They also have a seating area, which will be great for an espresso pick-me-up when out Christmas shopping.
Ko Sai, the Asian restaurant backed by Terry Laybourne of Cafe 21 fame, had yet to open when we visited. We are looking forward to trying out the street food inspired menu, including the new house beer which has been developed with Mr. Canny’s favourite brewery – Wylam. I’d imagine there will be plenty of noodle dishes that even vegan Mr. Canny can enjoy with fresh ingredients on hand and a talented team behind the eatery.
I’m anticipating many a lost hour in the Food Hall now searching the shelves for new ingredients and producers to try out. I look forward to reading the blogs from those who are able to attend the official event.
Thanks for reading,