One of my favourite days out so far this summer has been fruit picking at Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tearoom! Although strawberry picking seems to be the most popular type of fruit picking at Brocksbushes, they also have raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants!
he best place to enjoy fish and chips is at the beach! We're so lucky living in the North East, as there are so many great fish and chip restaurants and takeaways that serve top quality fish and chips. My favourite is Colman's! Who have started to offer a click and collect service during lockdown and it's absolutely brilliant! So brilliant, that I've ordered from them twice within the last month!
Afternoon tea is the perfect treat for celebrating a special occasion, date night or just because it's the weekend! Although we're still unable to visit restaurants and cafes to enjoy an afternoon tea, there's nothing stopping us from tucking into one at home or taking a box full of delicious delights on a picnic!
I've pulled together a list of 20+ local, independent places that are offering sweet treats that you can enjoy in your home. Some only deliver to certain postcodes, some are for collection only, and some are only available at certain times - but, most definitely, they are all delicious!
(AD) Let me introduce to you a luxury chocolate egg that has it all - and is made right here in the North East of England (Pelaw, Gateshead to be exact): the Natural Spring Salt Egg by Davenport's Chocolates.
Ditch the frying pan this Shrove Tuesday and head to one of these fantastic cafes in the North East for some delicious, decadent pancake stacks!
Bao Bar is tiny - a blink-and-you'll-miss-it kind of place. It's found on Chillingham Road in Heaton (just outside of Newcastle) and is a small, walk-in bar offering steamed buns, small plates and pared drinks.
The setting of Love Lily Tearoom is so enviable. The floor-to-ceiling windows look out over Roker Beach in Sunderland and there's something just so delightful in settling down here for breakfast, brunch or lunch after a walk full of sea air.
Thali Tray is an Indian street food eatery found at Arch2 Brewpub & Kitchen in Ouseburn (just up the hill from Ouseburn Farm/ The Ship Inn). I've visited at least three times, and it's always been great. There you go, review done. Just kidding...
Are you taking part in #Veganuary this month? If you're don't regularly have a plant-based diet, it can be hard to know where to eat out for delicious vegan dishes - but lots of restaurant and cafes in the North East have brought out special #Veganuary menus or dishes this January. We've rounded up nine that have taken our fancy - give them a try!