Sunday, 11 December 2016

Newcastle quayside

Home from a lovely couple of days in Newcastle to see The Shires @ The Sage


We got a great deal at the Jury's Inn on the quayside £67 with breakfast.

https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/newcastle/gateshead

Location, location, location right on the quayside just along from The Sage.  Parking was £6.50 overnight, but we parked up about 11am and left the car there all day/night



This was the view as we walked along from the hotel


A little ritual of ours when we go to Newcastle is always to have a coffee in the Sage to start the day. It is an amazing venue.



This was the view from our table


Once we had a refuelled we headed down onto the quayside - it doesn't matter how many times we visit the quayside the views always take your breath away.



We decided to hop onto the quayside link bus and head up to the town for an hour.  This bus is really good value and only takes about 5 mins to get you into the city centre.  The bus stop is on the quayside just opposite the law courts.  The view from the bus stop.


We were pleasantly surprised to find some lovely Christmas markets in the city centre.  The smells from the food stalls were very tempting.


We decided after smelling all the lovely food that we would head back down to the quayside for some "liquid" refreshments and a bite to eat.

The Slug and Lettuce does 2 for 1 cocktails all day so we thought it would be rude not too


http://www.slugandlettuce.co.uk/slug-newcastle/


Then it was off for a light lunch.  I had discovered a lovely pub while I was looking at where we could visit during our stay called The Broad Chare.

http://www.thebroadchare.co.uk/

It's just up a side road near the law courts.  We got a cosy table near the bar and ordered some nibbles. I had seen photos of the scotch egg so that was my choice, and Gary got a "hand reared" pork pie with piccalilli and we shared some chips.  The food was lovely and my scotch egg was cooked to perfection.


They had a good selection of real ales and wine.



It had a lovely ambiance and we will be back for sure.


Then it was time to head back to the hotel to chill out for a bit before our evening meal and the concert @ The Sage.

I had booked a table @ Las Iguanas on the quayside.

http://www.iguanas.co.uk/book-now/newcastlequayside

We have visited the one on Gray Street a few times,  so were pleased to see another branch open on the quayside.  I had a birthday voucher to use for one main course when you buy another.

They do buy one get one free cocktails all day everyday. I tried a Mango Collins - mango vodka, triple sec, orange and mango juices with lemonade.  It was lovely.


Check out the selection of cocktails here

http://www.iguanas.co.uk/menus/las-iguanas-newcastlequayside-drinks-menu.pdf

The restaurant had a lovely buzz and the staff were really friendly, and on the ball. The food was lovely and the service was spot on.


After our meal we had a time for cheeky cocktail @ the PItcher & Piano on the way to the concert.

http://www.pitcherandpiano.com/where-are-we/newcastle

I am on the mailing list and they are doing a Christmas promotion where you get an email everyday in Dec for a free cocktail ! "I don't mind if I do" !

Mondays offering was a "HO HO HO mojito".  A mojito with a Christmas twist of prosecoo. It was very nice.


The view from the bar is lovely looking out at the Millennuim bridge.



The quayside is so pretty on a night.


We had a lovely day, walking, eating and the odd tipple here and there.  Then it was time for the main event @ The Sage.  The Shires "My Universe" tour.


The concert was amazing and was a perfect ending to a perfect day.



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