A few days before I was admitted into hospital unexpectedly, I had the pleasure of being invited to sample the menu at Marco’s, Newcastle. Marco’s is part of the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill chain and is best known for its steaks (clue’s in the name). I’m not a huge steak eater so I wanted to test out whether it could cater for other tastes.
Hexham is a lovely town that’s about half an hour’s drive outside of Newcastle city centre. It’s an old market town, with beautiful architecture, cobbled streets and, as it turns out, a whole host of delicious restaurants. Hexham is definitely worth a visit from the city centre and you can get the train from Central Station regularly and cheaply.
There seem to be a whole load of new restaurants popping up in the Toon, and I am all for it. In fact, you can check out some of my other recent restaurant reviews here. One of the latest is Côte Brasserie, a smart French restaurant on Grainger Street that’s taken over from another shut down bank.
Cocktails and carbs – what a slogan! Isn’t that what everyone wants from a night out?
I have a bit of a funny relationship with John Lewis – even though it’s in the middle of Eldon Square, I don’t often pop in there for a browse like I frequently do in Fenwick. I think it’s because I think of John Lewis as a bit old fashioned and a bit expensive. I tend to look there for presents for other people, not for myself. So when they invited me down to check out their beauty hall recently, I couldn’t say no. I wanted to find out what I’d been missing out on!
Everyone has a part of their body they’re hung up about, right? Well I’ve always had this weird thing about my legs – I have a vague recollection of someone once referring to them as tree trunks when I was at school and since then I’ve only been able to see the bad bits of them.
There are a plethora of places to go in Newcastle for lunch, but sadly a lot of them are busy chains in the city centre. I never seem to run out of places to go for dinner in the toon (or drinks for that matter), but when it comes to lunch, I often feel stumped. So when I got invited along to Dog Leap Cafe, an independent cafe really close to my office, I jumped at the chance.