I feel very lucky to live in the wonderful city that is Newcastle upon Tyne but after calling this place home for over a decade, I can’t remember the last time I wandered around the Toon at a tourist’s pace and took time out to fully appreciate what’s on my doorstep.
So when the team at Hotel Indigo and Marco Pierre White Steakhouse invited James and I over for a staycation it was the perfect opportunity to remind ourselves why 17 million people visit NewcastleGateshead annually!
In this post I’ll share some of my highlights from spending 48 Hours as a tourist in my own city.
Make sure you read to the end for your chance to WIN a three course meal for two people from the new menu at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse in Newcastle!
Hotel Indigo is a luxury four star hotel in the heart of the city, it’s literally a two minute walk from the train station with plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. It describes itself as a boutique hotel and it does have a chic and sumptuous feel to it but with 148 bedrooms, Hotel Indigo is certainly not tiny. James and I stayed in a King Bed with Balcony Room.
You can check out my little video tour of the room over on Facebook I was very impressed by the decor and particularly loved having an outdoor space where we could sip our champagne in the sunshine!
Newcastle is a shopper’s paradise; because the city is so compact it’s easy to navigate your way from designer boutique to high street chain easily. James and I headed straight for Northumberland Street, home to my favourite department store, Fenwick!
The Food Hall at Fenwick is the perfect place to pick up local delicacies and the confectionary is simply out of this world! Plus it has all my favourite clothing and cosmetic brands too, I could spend all day (and all my savings!) in there.
After a casual stroll along Northumberland Street watching the impressive entertainers and listening to the local buskers that line the street on Saturday afternoons, James and I headed for intu Eldon Square. There’s over 150 stores crammed in to city’s main shopping centre, I never fail to come out with a bargain or two; New Look, Oasis, Topshop and Debenhams are all definite faves.
I also dragged my shopping-phobic fella to Central Arcade in Newcastle’s Grainger Town. James might not be a fan of retail therapy but even he can’t deny the beauty of this Edwardian hidden gem!
Despite being a bustling city with all the urban amenities you could wish for, Newcastle also has plenty of peaceful green spaces. Within a few minutes walk of the busy high street, we found ourselves in Exhibition Park, home to a bowling club, adventure playground, tennis courts, tranquil lake and miniature steam railway. Not to mention the jewel in its crown, Wylam Brewery, located in the Palace of Arts in the centre of the park.
This marvellous micro brewery and tap room is the perfect place for a refreshing pint. Check out North East Family Fun’s blog for a detailed post about a day out at Exhibition Park and meal at Wylam Brewery.
After freshening up back at Hotel Indigo and sipping champagne on our hotel balcony, we checked out Yolo Townhouse, a cool new bar on High Bridge. Saturday nights in the Toon are always buzzing and the bar was full of party people. I enjoyed the best Espresso Martini I’d had in a long time and let the bar’s photographer get this snap of us before heading for a meal (thanks for the new profile pic Yolo)!
With Newcastle’s best steak house just a staggering distance from our room for the night, we never had any intention to dine anywhere other than Marco Pierre White located on the ground floor of Hotel Indigo.
This wasn’t our first time at the restaurant (in fact we’re big fans, see an earlier review HERE) and we remembered how huge the portions were so decided to share every course… a delicious smoked salmon starter, the most amazing, mouth-watering cote de boeuf, cooked on the bone and packed full of flavour, followed by a drool-worthy trio of desserts. I was in foodie heaven!
Needless to say I slept like a log in our sumptuous room after all that amazing food!
Despite still being full from dinner the night before I couldn’t resist indulging in a hearty English breakfast on Sunday morning. It was cooked to order in the hotel restaurant and even included yummy black pudding, it had to be done, right? (There was also an impressive selection of continental breakfast options available).
It fuelled us up for a lovely walk along Newcastle Quayside where the weekly Sunday market was taking place (read more about the Quayside Sunday market HERE).
No Newcastle city break is complete without taking in the iconic sights around the River Tyne. Baltic and Sage dominate the landscape, along with all the famous bridges, it’s an Instagram lovers dream!
I feel like I say this all the time but NewcastleGateshead really does have so much to offer! There’s always a festival or event going on and whether arts and culture or shopping and partying is more your thing, you’ll definitely not be disappointed!
The things I find myself recommending over and over again are Tyneside Cinema, the historic Grainger Market, a trip to the seaside, intu Metrocentre, Tyne and Wear museums, English Heritage properties and our awesome nightlife!
Thanks for reading all about my Newcastle staycation, if you love it here as much as I do I’d love to read your comments on this post. I’m also giving you the chance to win a three course meal for two people from the new a la carte menu at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse at Hotel Indigo. Just follow the instructions below and good luck!
Entries Close 19th July and a winner will be picked at random after this point. Prize to be redeemed August – October 2017, date restrictions may apply. Competition winner will be required to have their photograph taken on date of reservation and will feature on the Facebook and Twitter pages of MPW within 28 days of visiting. Dinner is from the a la carte menu and does not include drinks. Winner will be notified of any further terms and conditions that may apply by the management.
Big thanks to the team at Hotel Indigo and MPW for providing me with an overnight stay and meal for two and giving me the chance to write this post. All opinions are my own.