Happy New Year to all our readers – we hope that 2016 will be your best year yet!
It’s the perfect time of year to think about resolutions and we’ve come up with 8, all food-related! Here is our 2016 Foodie Bucket List of 8 places in the North East that we can’t wait to visit. We hope they give you some foodie inspiration:
- The Milkshakes Of All Milkshakes
Since we visited The Great British Cupcakery for afternoon tea and discovered they do the most incredible-looking milkshakes, we’ve been desperate to return to try them! I mean, just look at this picture with the cookies stuck on the side. Who wouldn’t want that!?
- Create Our Own Sausages
The Northumberland Sausage Company have recently opened their own permanent place in the Grainger Market called Sausology (which is enough cause for celebration) but they also do make-your-own sausage workshops made from your own recipe! We can’t wait to give it a go.
- Head To The Beach
We love visiting Tynemouth at the weekend and popping into the market and taking a walk along the coast. We need to tie one of our future visits with a foodie stop at Riley’s Fish Shack on King Edward’s Bay. It’s a stunning location and we can’t wait to tuck into delicious food with a view like that!
- Visit The Big Apple
No, we’re not talking about New York (been there, done that!) – we’re talking about Big Apple Hot Dogs in Heaton. It’s hard to find somewhere serving good hot dogs, and this place has piqued our interest. Have you visited? What would you recommend?
- A Lunch Date In Durham
We think one of the more exciting additions to the Durham food scene is the new Flat White Kitchen. With the kitchen headed up by Shaun Hurrell (we’ve had the pleasure of eating his food before at a Trial Shift supper club) – this beautiful café is getting us all excited for the right reasons. Next time we’re in Durham, we’re heading here!
- Do The Cake Plank
As any long-time readers of this blog will know, we LOVE Olive & Bean. It’s our go-to foodie stop when we’ve got friends or family visiting the city, and we can never leave without a slab of indulgent cake from their impressive cake counter. However, although we’ve been countless times, we’ve never had their cake plank – ‘four chunks of brownie, sponge, tiffin, and caramel based cake with fresh fruit, pouring cream and honeycomb. Perfect for two (but better for one)’. It’s indulgence at its finest, and saves us the trouble of deciding what to order!
- A Michelin-Starred Restaurant
The hype surrounding the ‘would they? won’t they?’ of House of Tides getting a Michelin star was such a buzz for the North East food scene. I can remember sitting at my desk at work, and seeing that the Michelin guide twitter account were releasing the stars early due to a leak. I clicked furiously to find out whether House of Tides were one of the lucky few awarded a star, and they were! Now my desire to visit this beautiful building and eat beautiful food has grown, and I think I need to take full advantage of having a Michelin-starred restaurant in our home city.
- Food, Glorious Food
When I first stepped inside the new Fenwick Food Hall it literally took my breath away. It’s absolutely incredible and there are so many foodie delights to try… from afternoon tea at Mason + Rye to Oyster Happy Hour at the Saltwater Fish Company. I think you’ll find us here frequently in 2016!
So, there you have it… our 2016 foodie bucket list. Let us know in the comments if you’ve visited any of these places (and leave us your recommendations!), or is there anywhere else you think we also need to hit up?