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 […]

Hulne Park, Alnwick – photoblog

If you enjoy walking you will enjoy a visit to Hulne Park in Alnwick.  Hulne Park belongs to the Duke of Northumberland and is free to visit. Open usually from 11am until sunset and located on the edge of  town. There are three trails and the longest is about seven miles and takes the walker through […]

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 […]

Eight Reasons to visit Alnwick, Northumberland and a photoblog

Pretty market town with photogenic golden cottages. Alnwick Castle and Gardens. Ciccarelli ice cream Hulne Park the Duke of Northumberland’s estate, great for walking with three different marked trails and priory ruins to explore. Barter’s Books in the old railway station, a second hand book on every subject you can imagine, a working model railway […]

Alnmouth to Craster coastal walk.

    A flat coastal walk from  Alnmouth in Northumberland can start with an explore of this pretty village with pastel painted cottages and a few cafes and shops selling quality souvenirs. I particularly liked the buttercup yellow of the The Sun Inn and their board outside which read ‘When life gives you lemons add gin and […]

Greycroft Bed and Breakfast in Alnwick

Audrey met us at the garden gate of the classy Greycroft B and B and what a great welcome both she and son Tom gave us. She sat us down in her comfortable sitting room and told us about the area, the fact that we needed to visit Barter Books and answered any question gin or walking based […]

The Parks of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Two centuries ago Lord Armstrong gifted vast areas of parkland to the city of Newcastle, this meant that the ordinary folk who grafted long and hard in the newly industrialising north east England could shake off the grime for just a few hours on a Sunday…..and now city dwellers and tourists can do just the […]