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A Quest To Find The Best Burgers In The North East

No, this is not a drill. I’m finally ready to set off on probably the most insanely brilliant quest of all time; a quest to find the best burgers in the North East of England. This is where it all comes together; a post that will never quite be finished. There will never be a time when I’m not searching for the next best burger in the North East of England.

The Ultimate Guide to the Tees Valley

Welcome to the Tees Valley.

Probably most famous for its industrial background, the Tees Valley will almost certainly surprise you as a destination. The region straddles the River Tees and stretches from Darlington to the coast at Redcar & Cleveland but also incorporates Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. From a heritage coastline to market towns, from a thriving foodie scene to nature reserves, the Tees Valley is that underrated destination that you have to experience.

A Guide to Sunderland Restaurant Week 2021

Foodies across the North East rejoice as the ever popular Sunderland Restaurant Week finally returns in 2021. It’s great to see the event, organised by Sunderland BID, return after what feels like a lifetime of being locked down due to Covid-19.

For those not in the know, Sunderland Restaurant Week is a chance to celebrate the best food in and around Sunderland across a variety of pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants. From tomorrow, Saturday 25th September through to Sunday 3rd October, you can dine out across the city for just £5, £10, or £15 per person. If you’ve been holding back on trying a new place to eat or returning to an old favourite, now is the perfect time and you’ll get to save that little bit of money too!

Ouseburn: Newcastle’s Coolest Suburb

Ouseburn is to Newcastle what Shoreditch is to London, the Northern Quarter is to Manchester and what Fitzroy is to Melbourne. Newcastle is a pretty lively city with top quality bars and restaurants all over but Ouseburn is the place where it comes together for those that like things a little more alternative.

Ouseburn lies just a short distance to the east of Newcastle’s city centre and is rapidly gaining popularity. Formerly post-industrial wasteland, Ouseburn has been regenerated into what you see today. It’s definitely somewhere where you can spend a full day whether you are wanting a few beers, out for a coffee and cake or are planning a family day out. This is the area of Newcastle that the locals like to keep to themselves. All you really need to know is that it’s my kind of place; urban, quirky and cool. I absolutely love it and I’m sure you will too.

A Day Out In Barnard Castle, County Durham

Barnard Castle is a beautiful market town in County Durham in the North East of England; just a forty minute drive from the city of Durham. I’ve wanted to visit for a number of years now but for some reason it just never transpired. My intrigue for the town grew with every drive through on the way to the A66 and on to other areas of the country. However, Barnard Castle shot to fame (and I was going to try so hard not to mention this) during the Covid-19 pandemic as THE place Dominic Cummings drove to specifically to check his eyesight…

With the relaxing of lockdown rules, I was finally able to have my family visit for the first time in 18 months and we spent a lovely Sunday exploring Barnard Castle. Now I’m sure that you will have heard of this town in County Durham but what you might not know is that it is absolutely amazing. As I’m trying to show with my ‘It’s Not Grim Up North’ series, Barnard Castle could easily hold its own if it was in a different area of the United Kingdom. Barnard Castle is definitely a place that’s worth a weekend visit; full of pubs, antique shops and a ruined castle overlooking the River Tees.