Eat, Drink & Relax this Summer

21 August 2018, 10:27 | Updated: 21 August 2018, 15:00

summer social date

The school holidays are nearly done, and you've played a blinder mums and dads! We've picked the top spots across Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Durham and everywhere in between to enjoy some ME TIME.

Food

With new restaurants popping up on the weekly, it just seems like we're spoilt for choice recently! Our top recommendations for a day of top nosh are...   

Liberty Brown

After the big refurb in April, this is one of the must go spots! Head down Timber Beach Road for the best pizza, burgers and steaks in Sunderland!

 

House of Tides

For that extra special treat...  it's got to be the House of Tides. Ranked 30 in the Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, this is the perfect place for date night in Newcastle. 

 

Lorde Crewe Arms Hotel

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bar bait & drinks can all be found here-  Durham you have it all! Perfect for brunching and popping down the medieval style "Crypt" bar for a few drinks! 

La Pharmacie

Located in Teeside, the menu includes gourmet burgers made with the best locally sourced beef and steak! Loads of veggie options too, including pastas, risottos, veggie and halloumi skewers -  YUM!

 

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The Hearth Cafe 

A friendly little cafe  with lots of vegetarian and vegan options... plus amazing cakes sweet treats to be washed down with coffee. If you're lunching in Newcastle, this is a great spot! 

 

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Days Out

Stroll on the beach, see the sights and explore beautiful North East! Here's a top list of must sees... 
 
With a series of very stylish shipping containers, surrounding a glamorous Enchanted Garden, there isn't anything else like it in the city! Stack is filled with quality independent food vendors like Love of the North and Hatch 76, plus a whole range of vegan food! Check out Coffee YOLO, the perfect place for a catch up before the hitting the rest of the containers for some retail therapy!
 

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Alnwick Castle
 
There's lots to see and do! This stunning castle has played home to sets for great movies & shows such as Downtown Abbey and Harry Potter! 

 

Runswick Bay Beach

This hidden gem is close to Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea,  with golden sands it's ideal to pop down for a swim or stroll on the beach. Bring a picnic and make a date day of it.  

 

Treat Yourself

Take that much needed time out and spoil yourself. Feet up please...
 
With the largest gin selection in Durham, it's hard not to love this place! Small and quirky, this little find houses over 250 different gins to try. So, why not pop along with the other half or the girls for a gin tasting and nibbles!
 
 
 
Head along Chillingham Road, where you will find the chocolate lovers shop of dreams! Flavours include lemon meringue, Nutella and peanut butter! You'll also find these guys popping up in food festivals across the North East.
 

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Fancy a girly getaway or couples hideaway in Darlington? Rockcliffe Hall is the perfect spot to relax whatever the occasion! The spa is five star & food is delicious...so kick back, relax and make the most of it!
 

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