Sunday, 15 October 2017
I visited Miller and Carter Steakhouse in Newcastle last week with a group of friends. Good service and a first class meal, though not cheap. Despite being a a steakhouse, it also caters for vegetarians. Well worth a visit.
Monday, 9 October 2017
The Harry Clasper is Wetherspoon's relatively recent addition to the crop of pubs in Whickham. I called there last Friday for a cheap lunch. Prices here are very competitive and I made the mistake of thinking the portions would be small. They weren't! I ordered a "small" plate of tortilla chips and to make up for the fact it was "small", I ordered a plate of potato chips. The small plate would have been sufficient.
Sunday, 8 October 2017
Saturday, 7 October 2017
I was part of a group of 30 people when I visited this restaurant on Exeter Road when I was in Bournemouth last month. The restaurant had no problem catering for us, despite the rest of it being packed. Good food and reasonably priced with friendly and amusing staff.
I spent 3 days in Bournemouth last month and booked myself into the Cumberland Hotel for 2 nights. I had a single room, comfortable enough but I found nothing especially interesting or outstanding in the hotel. It was an okay stay. The only grumble I had was that when I returned to the hotel on my first evening, I needed a meal, but I found room services to be very unhelpful when I phoned them. My second call was a bit more successful. I got a sandwich and bag of crisps for a mere £13. I should have gone out to a chippie instead but there was nothing around.
The Marquis of Granby near Streetgate is less than 2km from where I live. I've had lunch there abut 3 or 4 times this year. The most recent was last Saturday when I attended a Sunniside History Society event at the pub to launch a local history DVD.
I had a burger for lunch. Competitively priced and good quality food. Helpful staff as well.
Monday, 18 September 2017
I needed to be in London overnight on Saturday so I stayed at our flat in Crystal Palace. There was no food in so I headed up to the Crystal Palace Triangle and opted for Pizza at the Palace, on the grounds that it wasn't heaving with people and, on past experience, it does good food at a competitive price. Again, the restaurant came up to expectation. I went for the £10.95 meal - a starter (olives), a pasta dish and a bottle of beer. I added to it a dessert (ice cream) and a coffee.
Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Every year we go to the Bowes Agricultural Show in Co Durham. We were there again on Saturday. Despite a few sharp downpours, we had a good time though our performance in the various preserve-making and baking competitions did not match our performances in previous years.
Photos above were taken on the day.
Monday, 28 August 2017
I was actually due to be in North Wales this bank holiday weekend but plans were changed after a friend became ill. We stayed in the North East but took the opportunity to go to the Glendale Agricultural Show near Wooler in North Northumberland. Our arrival was delayed by an accident on the A697 but we spent 3 years at the show. A good time had by all though at £14 a ticket, the entry fee was not cheap.
Friday, 4 August 2017
In July I visited Costa Coffee more often in that one month that I have in the rest of my life. The reason was a friend was in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. There is a Costa branch there so I took him there to get him out of the ward. Thankfully my friend is now home so the daily dose of overpriced coffee and the occasional cake is now at an end. I will not shed a tear. I'm not a fan of this chain.
Sunday, 2 July 2017
We called into the Runhead in Ryton, Gateshead, yesterday for lunch. We were a bit disappointed. While the service was friendly, the food could have been better. I had a lamb burger but I couldn't taste the lamb. My friend Richard had scampi which he found to be a bit undercooked.
Tuesday, 27 June 2017
I visited Beamish Museum again last week. It's very helpful that I only live about 10-15 minutes drive from what is my favourite museum on the planet! There were no new attractions from my last visit but we had a great time nonetheless. The photos in this post are of the Edwardian town.
I was at the Kells Lane Fair on Saturday in Low Fell, Gateshead. It's an annual event and my main purpose for being there was to sell preserves and eggs from my self-sufficiency project. I took with me one of our young goats who turned out to be the big hit of the fair. Lots of people queued up to look after him, including stewards from the fair!