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. […]

Quayside Gateshead

Old and new is the theme of the Quayside at Gateshead. Crossing over the fab winking eye that is the Gateshead Millennium Bridge from the Newcastle side of the Tyne you find yourself immediately at the foot of the Baltic Contemporary Art Centre which was once a flour mill. Just as it reads on the tin this […]

Quayside Newcastle

So no longer a Newcastle virgin, I have finally made it to the big city, home of The Likely Lads and Auf Weidersen Pet. So whilst not a Likely Lad and more of a Likely Lady who likes to travel I am super impressed with the people and what the city has to offer a first […]