Author Archives: John

Kracklin, Newcastle

With a name that invokes the memory of my favourite part of a pork joint, I felt compelled to eat here. Crackling done right is an experience, an experience far removed from the pork scratchings that occupy good bar space and are left to gather dust. It’s salt, it’s fat, it’s everything bad for you, […]

Sohe, Jesmond

We were invited to try out Sohe‘s lunch menu last week. So I took my brother along so we could both escape uni revision for an hour or so. Here’s how we got on… J: There’s a lot that can be said for Osborne Road, the Jesmond street popular with just about anyone who enjoys a […]

Nan Bei (南北)

I love the Grainger Market. If someone asks me where they can get a quick bite for lunch, or where to pick up some groceries in town, or where to find a specialist item I haven’t heard of, my answer is always the same: You should go to the Grainger Market. Luckily for me and the […]

Beckleberry’s

We were so lucky to be invited to Beckleberry’s to sample their fabulous food and ice cream! There’s plenty of good reasons to go to the Metro Centre. Sometimes I go to shop, sometimes to watch a film, sometimes I go because it’s raining and I’d rather walk around indoors than try to get to […]

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, Bar & Grill

We were so lucky to be invited to Marco Pierre White Steakhouse, for the best lunch of our lives! Affordable glamour. At first glance the phrase looks like an oxymoron, however let me assure you that it is not only possible, but a very real reality at Marco Pierre White’s Restaurant in Hotel Indigo. At just a one […]

Zapatista

Walking up Northumberland Street, it’s easy to spot many a bored looking student holding a sign for a business or restaurant that is “just round the corner”, “5 minutes walk” or “right down this ally way”. There’s so many, they’re far too easy to ignore as you dodge the endless stream of charity workers, political […]

The Settle Down Cafe

Just off the Westgate Road in Newcastle, you can find a cafe that would not look out of place on the corner of a street in Brooklyn. Myself and Mrs J dodged into their doorway to get out of the cold and in doing so stumbled upon a coffee shop that gives off a vibe […]