Canny Food were invited along to enjoy the hospitality of Hadrian’s Tipi, a Roman inspired pop-up outside Central Station which will act as a warming bar and eatery for visitors over the Christmas period.Hadrian’s Tipi is billed as a unique winter retreat with a difference offering continental foods, mulled wines and ciders amid an inviting setting of log fires and lights designed to recreate the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s travels around the region in AD122.
The Tipi will be open to the public from Thursday November 10th from 8am till 1.00am every day, except Xmas day. The final night of the pop up will be New Years Day. Entrance is free of charge, with a capacity of around 180 inside the tent. Because of the expected demand it might be worth visiting earlier in the day to bag a spot by the roaring fire. Because of the atmosphere I think it would be fine to take children through the day to enjoy the festive ambience.
The festive pop-up has a selection of draught and bottled beers for sale, including local ales from Wylam Brewery. We were greeted with a hot Gluhwein, which you’ll be familiar with if you’ve visited a Christmas Market in the past, and Wassail (hot cider). Bottles of wine and fizz by the glass are also available, as well as soft options like luxury Hot Chocolates topped with cream & marshmallows.
Food is served from a hut outside, with a range of speciality sausages imported from Germany and locally sourced meat from Northumberland available. They are cooked on an authentic charcoal swing grill, and there are also vegan options on sale too. During the VIP event only meat was offered so I didn’t get to try the veggie alternatives, I’m afraid. My friend tried out the food and gave it the thumbs up though.It was lovely to catch up with bloggers and friends during the event. We managed to grab a seat and have a natter, although I got nowhere near the fire to take a photo or bask in its warmth. The twinkly fairy lights and hot chocolate made me feel cosy on a cold November night. It would be lovely if this idea was expanded upon in the future. We don’t have a festive market to rival the likes of Edinburgh, Manchester or Leeds, so this is hopefully the start of something special in Newcastle. After visiting I wanted to watch Home Alone and create a Christmas playlist on Spotify. There is a definite Christmassy feel in the city now we have Fenwicks Window unveiled too, and I personally can’t wait to start my present shopping!
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