Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Wednesday 28th December 2016
If you are visiting Tyneside, visit the Quayside in both Newcastle and Gateshead and take a look at the bridges across the Tyne. On this day we had great views of the High Level Bridge (the first railway bridge across the Tyne), the Swing Bridge (built on the site of 3 predecessor bridges - Roman, Medieval and Georgian) and the Tyne Bridge, now one of the great icons of the North East.
Wednesday 21st December 2016
The Grainger Markets is one of the oldest covered markets on the planet, dating from the early Victorian period. It's full of lots of small, independent shops but also includes a small Marks and Spencer branches, one of their oldest. There is also a rather pleasant shop that sells lots of different types of fresh coffee beans (it was the reason for our visit to the Grainger Market.) We were there when it was quiet but it is normally bustling. It's worth visiting even if you are not buying anything.
Monday 19th December 2016
We were in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on a rare shopping expedition. Lunch was required. We found the City Tavern on Northumberland Road. A busy establishment and well furnished. They certainly like their wall pictures here. Food was good though not cheap.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Friday 9th December 2016
Bradley Hall Gardens, near Crawcrook in Gateshead, is a walled garden with a Victorian greenhouse that has been converted to a restaurant. We called in for lunch. It was packed. Food was good quality but a bit expensive. I will make a return visit at some point in the spring or summer to see the gardens.
Sunday 4th December 2016
It had been a few years since we had last been to the Woodman's Arms, on Fellside Road, near Whickham. We headed there for a Sunday evening dinner. There was only one other couple in having a meal. So it was a very quiet evening. Food and prices reasonable.