This is my first post in a little while, I had some time away to focus on other things and I’m feeling a lot better for it! I recently went to Newcastle for a weekend away, a surprise which was courtesy of my lovely girlfriend Leona, so I thought I’d share everything that we got up to along with any recommendations I have. We drove up on the Friday night, arriving at our hotel at around midnight. I had to drive to Leona’s from work (3 and a half hours), then from hers to Newcastle (another 2 and a half hours) so it was quite the cross country trek. We checked in to our Superior King room at Malmaison Newcastle and crashed out for the night. Sadly I didn’t take any pictures of our room as it was late and by the next morning, our belongings were strewn across the room.. Not exactly picture perfect! In saying that, the hotel was spectacularly clean, the decor and interior design were modern and newly refurbished and we had a very comfortable nights sleep.
On the Saturday morning, we got up and went into Newcastle town centre to do a spot of Christmas shopping (for our family, our friends and ourselves..). The decorations made us feel so ready for Christmas and made it a lot easier to splash out, whether that’s a good or a bad thing, I’m not too sure!
After emptying our pockets, we went over to Newcastle Christmas Markets. I’ve been to Manchester Christmas Markets before which are a bit bigger than Newcastle’s but there was still plenty of choice! From handmade chocolates to flavoured gin to Yorkshire pudding wraps, we definitely indulged ourselves in the festivities.
There was so many cute little stalls selling a variety of things but as I knew Leona had planned a surprise meal that night, we didn’t want to over eat (or over spend!). After a long day of shopping, a lot of alcohol stops and some typical Northern weather, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our night out.
The restaurant Leona had booked was called Aveika. It’s a restaurant joined with a late bar and serves a mix of Asian inspired cuisine. Our eyes were definitely bigger than our bellies as we ordered 3 appetisers to share (Spicy Beef Harumaki, Teriyaki Beef and Edamame Beans) as well as a Chicken Katsu Curry with steamed rice for Leona and a Green Thai Curry with chicken, courgettes and aubergine with honey and lime noodles for myself. The food was insane, as were the cocktails! I had the ‘Last Mango in Paris’ and Leona had the ‘Pink Slipper’, both of which were delicious. I couldn’t fault the restaurant, but my bank account probably could fault the price!
The half decent photos of the night end here, I’m not so handy on the camera after a few drinks… However, after staying on in the late bar at Aveika, we went to Slug and Lettuce and then onto Lovello’s for some gin cocktails before again heading back to our hotel and crashing out (yes, again).
We’d planned to drive home early on Sunday but we couldn’t resist the Metro Centre which was only a short drive away. We devoured a Five Guys and had a Starbucks to cure our hunger, and our hangovers..
After another spot of shopping (I know, don’t judge us) we hopped back in the car and headed home, but not before a quick stop and photoshoot at The Angel of the North to make our visit to the North East official.
Thanks for reading, I know it’s been a while but I’ll be trying my best to post more frequently again, although I’m not so sure how successful that will be over the festive period! I hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.
See you on the flip side,