Gin on the Tyne, Newcastle

I was a Newcastle virgin ’til recently but I am pleased to report that Newcastle  is a hot bed of gin establishments offering a wide choice and in particular a range of local gins. So gin has been the new trendy kid on the block in recent years but this old kid on the block […]

Taking a G and Tea at Bealim House, Newcastle

Even the name … Bealim House seems exotic but a gin in a teapot…….now there’s a thing! It’s afternoon tea with a difference! Tiny sandwiches, miniature cakes, the requisite scones and jam served with Newcastle gin in a teapot and a tonic of choice. As a gin aficionado I can say this is the veritable gin icing […]

Tynemouth, Newcastle by the sea – a photoblog.

The beauty of a  city visit can be enhanced by a trip to the seaside by jumping on the Tyne and Wear Metro  and travelling east. Within half an hour you have left the busy metropolis and emerged at a beautiful Victorian station complete with bunting heralding your arrival. Broad expanses of beach, large Victorian villas and […]

The Gin Palace at The Continental in Newcastle

One of the friendliest bar staff that I met in my recent stay in Newcastle was serving at The Gin Palace at The Continental, not only that but the gin cocktails were very reasonable at two for a tenner and the surroundings very sophisticated. Originally a bank the entrance is rather grand and first sight is the long […]

Walking in the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

Walking eastwards along Quayside in Newcastle you eventually find where the River Ouse meets the Tyne. There is usually a gaggle of fishing boats on the water and a clear sign to follow the path along the river Ouse through the valley. An interesting piece of engineering is the first ‘landmark’ and the signs told me that […]

Marlish Tonic Water

Anyone that knows me knows that I am a gin girl….and I liked gin way before it became trendy to like it. Whilst travelling in the north east I was introduced to Marlish a naturally sweet tonic water by the front man at Six the roof top restaurant and bar at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Quayside Gateshead. […]