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Rustic afternoon tea at St Mary’s Inn
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Rustic Afternoon Tea at St Mary’s Inn, Morpeth

Ahead of my visit to St Mary's Inn at the weekend, I knew two things. The first, they apparently do a lovely Sunday dinner, and secondly, it's a converted hospital turned pub that's currently being built around by a new housing estate. I was invited to try their rustic afternoon tea, so on Saturday afternoon I took my mum along with me to see what it was like. rea[...]

The Great British Cupcakery Bakehouse & Parlour, Newcastle
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The Great British Cupcakery Bakehouse & Parlour, Newcastle

The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle has been around for a good few years now, and has always been one of my favourite places for afternoon tea. It's the first one I recommend to people when they ask where to go that is a bit different, and because you get so much amazing food! You might have noticed if you've passed along the quayside recently, or if you follow t[...]

Slaley Hall Winter Showcase
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Slaley Hall Winter Showcase

When I used to live in Gosforth with my lovely friend turned family member Rachael, a festive evening decorating the tree (not a pleasant experience for her, I'm like Monica), eating mince pies and watching Christmas films was a tradition in out house/flat. So when I was invited to Slaley Hall Christmas showcase last week she was the perfect person to take along to en[...]

Sohe, Jesmond
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Cocktails and Asian High Tea at Sohe, Jesmond

Walking in to Sohe bar and restaurant on Osborne Road last week, the first thing I came face to face with was a fat, cheery little Buddha sat on the bar, offering me a Kwai Royale. Just the type of welcome you want on a rainy evening after work. I'd never been to Sohe, Jesmond before this visit, and I was actually pretty surprised at how big and beautiful it is. It is[...]

The Grand, Tynemouth
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Mother’s Day at The Grand Hotel, Tynemouth

We booked to go to The Grand Hotel in Tynemouth for Mother's Day weeks ago, as it's so popular in such a lovely spot right on the sea front. The last time I was there in the proper dining room was for my dads 50th, and considering he's 60 next year that tells you it's been a while. I used to think of the Grand as quite old fashioned, it was somewhere my grandparents l[...]