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TOP 5 SUNDAY ROASTS IN THE NORTH EAST

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This city centre restaurant has got a large Sunday menu filled with lots of varied options on top of their locally sourced roast options. However, if you’re set on a comforting roast dinner, you’ve got plenty to look forward too.

 

A highlight of their menu is the three meat Sunday roast (priced at £22). You can choose from beef, lamb, pork and chicken to build your own, ideal roast dinner.

 

The restaurant provides the perfect setting for a relaxing Sunday afternoon meal, with exposed bricks and low lighting, a comforting ambiance is created.

 

THE WOODMANS ARMS

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This family-owned gastropub in Whickham, on the outskirts of Newcastle, is the ideal place to spend a cosy, autumnal Sunday afternoon.

 

Their Sunday menu is constantly changing, with new seasonal specials, sides, and desserts on offer each week. The Sunday Roast meat options consist of slow roasted beef brisket, roast chicken breast, honey glazed gammon, pork loin, lamb shoulder, and sirloin of beef. They also offer a homemade nut roast with vegetarian gravy and all the trimmings.

31 THE QUAY

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Located at Smith Dock in north Shields, 31 The Quay’s glass fronted restaurant offers relaxed dining with uninterrupted river views.

 

Their October Sunday lunch menu is complete with starters such as local pigeon wellington with beetroot puree and wild mushrooms and roasted celeriac soup with cheddar and mustard rarebit and apply dressing. For mains, you can choose between dry aged topside of beef with a Yorkshire pudding, double baked cheddar souffle with caramelised cauliflower and a smoked almond and apple dressing as well as multiple other meat options. To finish, enjoy an extensive desert menu, including options like a burst blackberry and toffee apple custard choux bun or a passion fruit souffle with mango and lime sauce.

 

They also have an interesting cocktail menu filled with twists on the classics, such as a coconut margarita and an apricot whiskey sour. Sunday lunches are served between 12-4pm and are priced at £25 for two courses and £30 for three courses.

 

Let us know your favourite Sunday roast spots in the North East and join in the conversation on our Facebook page!

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Top 10 cocktail bars in Newcastle upon tyne

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Newcastle is well known for being a city with great night life. Therefore, it is hardly a surprise that the city is filled with great bars and restaurants – no wonder it’s difficult to choose where to go. We’ve narrowed it down to just 10 amazing cocktail bars in Newcastle City Centre that are definitely worth a visit!

1/ Horticulture

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Offering over 40 different types of espresso martini’s, Horticulture is an essential spot for cocktail and coffee enthusiasts. Situated just off Grey’s Street on Market Lane, this small, cosy bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink (or a few). They also have a terrace and regularly host DJs.

 

In light of the festive period, they’ve recently introduced a new cocktail to add to their extensive menu: a toasted marshmallow espresso martini.

2/ The Botanist

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Located in one of Newcastle’s most iconic spots, right in the centre of town with a great view of Grey’s Monument, The Botanist is the perfect place to have a drink and enjoy your surroundings. The interior is guaranteed to impress with a large glass dome covered in fairy lights, and the cocktail menu is great too.

 

They also have an outdoor terrace and offer a food menu if you get hungry. At the moment, their menu is filled with some festival specials like snow goose (a mix of baileys, grey goose vodka and white chocolate liquor), black forest martini, and a chai spiced espresso martini.

3/ Barluga

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Renowned for its popular alfresco terrace (still open over the winter period), Barluga is a great place to enjoy a drink in Newcastle.

 

The cocktail menu is extensive with new additions added regularly – take the blood orange daiquiri with Havana rum, mango, blood orange syrup and lime. They’ve already decorated the inside with lots of Christmas decorations to create the perfect, cosy, and festive atmosphere this winter.

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Stag and Hen ideas in Newcastle upon Tyne!

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Bubble Football Newcastle upon Tyne

Whether you’re a local or planning a trip North for a stag/hen weekend trip, Newcastle is the ideal city to celebrate. There’s so much to do in the city, from a great variety of places to eat and drink, fun nights out, to ample day-time activities! Here’s a list of some of the best stag and hen ideas to pack into your stag/hen weekend in Newcastle upon Tyne, some traditional and some slightly more unique…

1/ Dance classes

 

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Dance City in Newcastle offers amazing Hen and Stag party experiences that ensure you’ll be spending quality time with your friends before the big day. They offer a variety of different classes to suit everyone!

 

Try their ‘Come fly with us’ experience, for 2 hours learning how to create shapes on the trapeze, dance in the cocoons, use the silks and spin in the hoop! Or you could try their burlesque workshops and street dance classes. Their musical theatre experience provides the bride-to-be an opportunity to choose a song to perform with her friends, ready to be showcased on the big day!

 

It’s guaranteed to be a fun-packed day.

 

2/ NE Bubble football

 

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Bubble Football Newcastle upon Tyne

 

If you want to get you and your friends involved in a hilarious, must-try activity, then try out Bubble Football, only 10 minutes away from Newcastle City centre. All players are put into zorbs and games are taught by a qualified instructor. You can compete against each other in tournaments and choose between the standard 60-minute options or up to the 120 minute option.

 

It’s a great activity to involve all your friends in a day-time activity to remember. They also offer goggle football (https://nebubblefootball.co.uk/gogglefootball.php) which is another great, alternative activity to try out – perfect for stag and hen dos, and combat archery.

 

This cross between dodgeball and paintball (using bows and foam tipped arrows) is a fun activity pitting groups against each other in an intense game with inflatable bunkers to hide behind.

 

It’s another great team-building activity, enabling you to spend quality time with friends and make some hilarious memories. (https://nebubblefootball.co.uk/combatarchery.php)

3/ Cocktail making classes

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For a social day-time activity guaranteed to start off an evening of drinking and celebrating perfectly, get yourself and your friends to a cocktail making class!

 

There are absolutely loads to choose from in Newcastle, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

 

 

Plus many more…

 

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Where to stay in the North East – North East Accommodation – Best places to stay

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You don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy a relaxing and well-deserved break. The North East is home to a beautiful coastline and expansive countryside, castles and historical landmarks, lakes and reservoirs, scenic towns and villages and ample wildlife. It makes the perfect location for a weekend retreat (or a full week retreat). Ranging from action-packed holidays to romantic spa escapes, we’ve collated a list of the best hotels and places to stay in the North East to explore the fantastic, local environment. This way, you can enjoy some time off without having a crush your belongings into tiny carry-on suitcases and deal with long airport queues.

Trees at Tughall

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For a true break from the city (but only an accessible hours drive from Newcastle) stay in the Trees and Tughall contemporary cabins in the Northumberland countryside. There are three cabins to choose from, Ash, Willow, and Hawthorne, each with wood burning stoves, king size beds, window seats to take in the expansive woodland views, fire pits and a covered decking. The cabins provide a perfect minimalist space to break away from the bustle of modern life and enjoy the countryside undisturbed.

Only a 30minute walk from Beadnell beach and a 30 minute drive into the cheviots, you can immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings, and on the plus side, these cabins are ideal any time of year.

The Cookie Jar Alnwick

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This boutique style hotel, located in the medieval market town of Alnwick, is a luxurious, cosy retreat. A highlight is the two-tier terrace and garden where you can enjoy cocktails with friends whilst listening to gentle house background music.

There are 11, uniquely named and entirely individual bedrooms, each ranging in character and size so you can choose which one is perfect for you. It also has its own kennels, so you don’t have to leave your dogs behind!

The hotel is well placed in the Northumberland countryside so you can enjoy lots of outdoor activities. From golf to shooting, stargazing to fishing, horse-riding to walking the multiple different trails, there’s so much to do! After an exhausting day exploring in the fresh air, you can retire to the cosy hotel and enjoy delicious locally sourced food from their bistro.

 

 

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