Fab Turkish restaurant/bistro. Amazing food, veg and non-veg. Great atmosphere, very chilled. Lovely staff. I eat here as often as possible. The moussaka is to die for. The mixed meze is a lovely starter for two or meal for one. I'm getting hungry now just typing about it. Starters are in the region of £5 and mains (evening) under £10 - £15 I think. Most lunch items are around £5. Very reasonable for what you get!
6 The Promenade, Gloucester Road
Bar, eating and then a club. Brilliant live music most nights of the week and a great venue with graphics and art all over the walls. This place looks a bit odd opposite some scally pub but don't be put off that they built this is the wrong part of town.
39-41 Fleet Street, Liverpool City Centre. Next to Concert Square. 5 mins walk from Central Station
The Metro is Tyne and Wear's version of the underground. I always find Metro is a quick and cheap way to get around Newcastle and also out to the coast and airport.
Get on for £1.60 umlimited travel in newcastle all day.
Stops throughout Newcastle and Tyne and Wear
Get the 50000 or 25000 scale and you can find all the footpaths which means you can spend the day walking, not driving. Even better, choose a place to stay close to lots of footpaths and Rights of Way. Pubs are marked too, so you can find a place for lunch.
www.stanfords.co.uk or any good bookshop.
The Angel of the North is an amazing peice of art and is over 20 metres tall. It welcomes people to Gateshead and Newcastle and there's a great view of it from A1 motorway. I would really recommend standing at the Angel's feet and looking up - its a sight to behold.
About 3 miles from Newcastle city centre, next to the A1. Get the bus from Pilgrim Street, Newcastle.
Something of an institution on the Newcastle club scene. One of the longest running house nights for dance floor purists. I fondly remember going here week in week out back in the nineties during its earlier incarnation at the Riverside club (in its dark and dingy heyday). Still going strong and still packing them in every Saturday night. Now located at the Digital club, they consistently attract the world’s top DJ talent and the crowd are as devoted as ever. Storming sound system.
Saturday nights at Digital, Times Square (Turn left out of Central Station, near the Centre for Life)
Newcastle is unashamedly a fashion-led city and while that’s no bad thing (the Toon is vibrant and buzzing etc) the inevitability is that many of the bars are quite formulaic. The Trent House pub defiantly goes against the grain – not in so much as a two fingers up to it’s identikit rivals but more in a ‘we know how it’s done and we don’t follow trends’ kind of way. They know their music but they’re laid back with it (no pretension). Plentiful array of beers, great jukebox, pool table, decent food – all the basics are well covered. Sister venue, World Headquarters puts on some of Newcastle’s top club nights and pulls in the more cutting edge acts to the region.
1-2 Leazes Lane
Near Haymarket Metro Station
By far the best Italian food in Newcastle – if not the whole North East of England. Tucked away on the cobbled side street High Bridge, it’s a charming little eatery that must have been around for the best part of ten years. Genuinely family-run and yes, genuinely Italian speaking – a rarity amongst the rest of the pseudo Italian restaurants in Newcastle. Once upon a time it would just open during the day, but now much expanded and offering a full evening menu. Good wine, fantastic Italian coffee, delicious food, amazing regional specialities, friendly staff. What more can I say? Apart from great prices, of course.
61-65 High Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Fab bar, great staff, all the cocktails (and shots) you could ever want and the grooviest music in the world - Hendrix, Stones, Beatles, plus loads of obscure stuff. Chris Moyle's favourite bar!
18 Merrion Street, Leeds
While the top end of Brick Lane is firmly the preserve of the East London hipsteratti, even the wall to wall curry houses (with their questionable Time Out Eating accolades) at the other end seem to be receiving contemporary makeovers these days. That this traditional pub just tucked away on Heneage Street has managed to avoid the wrath of the makeover criminals remains something of a miracle. A veritable oasis amidst the noisy buzz of Brick Lane and the nearby corporate dazzle of the City of London, it’s like stepping into a cosy family-run boozer in a friendly little country village.
Heneage Street (just off Brick Lane towards the Whitechapel end)
Centrally located on the stylish Grey Street. This equally stylish coffee house offers great coffee, snacks and lunch menu; its desserts are simply fabulous! Offers a great chilled ambience and plays jazz to its varied and hip clientele. A regular favourite so can get busy - does offer street seating in the summer. Just a great place to soak up city vibe and eat tasty food. Mid-range prices, good veggie options available.
Blakes Coffee House
53 Grey Street
0191 261 5463
Nearest Metro Station - Monument
Lavery’s is Belfast's oldest family run bar and its most diverse. It has four bars under one roof and provides something for everyone.
On the ground floor is the Public Bar, which is a traditional saloon style bar. It serves great pub grub daily and has football related promotions. The background music is pleasant but not imposing and features retro jazz and soul alongside classic tracks from the 50s to the 90s.
Also on the ground floor is the bohemian Back Bar. It has alternative entertainment with free admission every night. Depending on what night you wander in you could hear anything from an acoustic session, indie club, reggae night, 60s night or rockin electronica. It has probably the best atmosphere of any bar in Belfast.
On the first floor is the Bunker. This live music and alternative club venue has gained a reputation since it was launched in Sep 05 for premium local and touring live gigs and some of the most forward thinking club nights ever seen in Belfast. It has an eclectic alternative music policy so you'll hear a whole spectrum of sound.
The top floor has 19 pool tables with a great jukebox. It’s a great way to spend them rainy afternoons in Belfast.
12 - 16 Bradbury Place, Belfast.
near Botanic Train Station
Architecturally, the finest cathedral in the UK, in my own opinion (if you like flying buttresses...) Also containing the oldest (as far as I know) working mechanical clock in the world, and some amazing works of art, such as the Sleeping Knight. I can't actually remember who he was though, off hand.
The Close Salisbury SP1 2EJ. But you can't really miss it with a 404 foot spire...
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