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5 comments

  1. Was in gateshead today visiting the shipley gallery (fantastic building and exhibits) and had soup/roll and toasted tea cake in gateshead library next door to gallery. soup/roll was delicious and cheap (£1.70) for big bowl and tea cake was giant and hot and toasted and only 70p. staff a bit dour though but hey ho. also im coming to newcsatle on sat for some xmas shopping, where would be the best area for charity shops and quirky/arty shops rather than department stores – thanks in advance – you are the only people i “know” in newcastle!

  2. Hello! Ooh, we’ve never been to the Shipley Art Gallery! We’ll have to pay it a visit! Thanks for your recommendation!

    For charity shopping, the best streets are Clayton Street and Grainger Street which are between Central Station and Monument! They have quite a few! The Grainger Market also has a lot of hidden gems – like an M&S Bazaar and lots of lovely fabrics and handmade goodies! If you are after anything vintage/alternative visit High Bridge Quarter! I know you want to avoid the department stores, but what about visiting Fenwick on Northumberland Street? It’s the flagship store and has lots of quirky gifts in the card section and lower ground floor! I’ve found lots of great presents there that are really different!

    I hope this is helpful, and you have a lovely time in Newcastle! x

  3. thanks so much, i’ll go to fenwick, they used to have a little shop in oxford when i was a kid and my mum and I loved it, it closed a long time ago. I went to see the textiles at the shipley but that exhibit closes on sat 3rd i think so it may be worth waiting until the next exhibit gets set up. thanks for the shopping recommendations. I will try and eat in one of your recommended places and let you know my
    verdict!

  4. Claire Whiting · · Reply

    Hey I just came across your blog – we love love love food too. Enjoyed your piece on Afternoon Tea – going for our 3rd at JDH soon – can’t wait. Will also check out the Baltic and probably work my way through your list – some one has to do it 🙂 Just about to start thinking about Christmas Party nights… need to book a venue for our tennis club (can be an awkward lot to please!) – have previously enjoyed The Grand Hotel Tynemouth (3 or 4 times), Horton Grange (3 times – a little further away) and last year Jesmond Dene House. JDH got mixed reviews from them – pricey on drinks, small food portions and no choice on the food front. Any suggestions for 40 people – good food a major driver here.

  5. Hello Claire,

    Thank you so much for your comment, and I hope you enjoy your afternoon tea!

    For your Christmas Party, I’d recommend Eslington Villas (in the heart of Gateshead), here is a link to their private dining options (http://www.eslingtonvilla.co.uk/private-dining/) if that’s something you’re interested in. Also, Peace and Loaf are getting a lot of buzz at the moment for their delicious food and Masterchef finalist chef (http://www.peaceandloaf.co.uk/), they might be worth checking out too!

    For something totally different, and a lot of fun, you could check out Lane 7 (http://lane7.co.uk/eat-drink/) who are known for boutique bowling, but also delicious food!

    I hope they help a little, let me know where you decide to go in the end! I’m always looking for new suggestions of places to eat!

    Rosie x

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