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Re-discovering Newcastle’s Foodie Scene with Triple A Food Tours

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A little while ago I noticed a new account on Instagram that made my tummy rumble with pics of yummy food from some of my favourite places in Newcastle. I soon discovered the account was promoting a brand new food tour in the city!

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This is something Newcastle has been without for far too long and I was eager to check it out. A couple of weeks later I received an invite to be a guinea pig on the first ever Triple A Food Tour, well, you can imagine how giddy I was! I had high hopes for this bold new venture and I am pleased to say it lived up to my expectations.

A Bit of Background

Local lass Amy Whitfield is the entrepreneur behind Triple A Food Tours and the business is named after the initials of herself, her son Archie and husband Andrew. Amy launched the business earlier this year because of her genuine love of the local food scene and a desire to create a better work/life balance as a new mum.

Triple A Food Tours founder, Amy Whitfield (Photography by Mandy Charlton)

Triple A Food Tours has teamed up with some really special eateries that share Amy’s passion for local produce. The ‘Taste of Newcastle’ walking tour includes 5-6 stops where a delicious selection of food and drink are provided. It’s is also a chance to soak up Geordieland’s distinctive atmosphere and famous sights while learning a bit more about what makes it such an amazing place. Tours meet at 1pm and finish at around 4pm and cost £49pp.

My Newcastle Food tour Experience

I deliberately avoided the Triple A Food Tours website before the day of my tour as I wanted the destinations to be a surprise, but I was delighted to discover it included some of my favourite places plus somewhere that had been on my wish list for ages. I went along on my own but was joined by a lovely group of journalists and bloggers who were as happy to be there as I was.

Grey’s Monument was the perfect meeting spot!

We met at Grey’s Monument in the heart of the city (where else, it is THE meeting spot in Newcastle)! There were six of us altogether, plus a friendly and insightful guide called Hannah. I’d say the group size was perfect although if you were part of a bigger group I’m sure you’d still have an amazing time, here’s a little round of my experience…

First Stop – La Casa

I had a sneaking suspicion that we would be swinging by the Grainger Market, it is a haven of foodie delights. We visited two eateries in the covered Victorian market and the first was the delightful La Casa, a tiny tapas bar and shop run by a lovely Spanish family who are proud to share their authentic family recipes and local produce from their home town near La Mancha.

Our tour began at the historic Grainger Market

La Casa Grainger Market Newcastle

Tasty tapas from La Casa

We were served a generously filled sharing board with delicious delicacies including arancini balls and crispy octopus, all washed down with rather large glasses of Spanish wine, it was like being on holiday!

The well stocked shop at La Casa

Second Stop – Lindsay’s Seafood

Lindsay’s Seafood stall in the Grainger Market is a bit of an institution, well known for being one of the best places in the north east to stock up on fresh fish.

Lindsay’s seafood stall is a gem

Now, I have to be honest and say that I wasn’t exactly jumping for joy when I was told this stop was to sample their Lindisfarne oysters, I’ve had a bad experience with oysters once in the past so they’re not exactly my favourite food. However, after watching the fishmonger carefully prepare this tray of fresh oysters for our enjoyment I could hardly say no.

Osyters, love them or hate them?

He offered us two each with a selection of dressings to choose from, one of which was vodka… even more bad memories! So, I stuck to the simple option of lemon juice and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it, you could really tell how fresh they were. It was also a great place to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Grainger Market before moving on to our next stop across town.

Third Stop – The Bridge Tavern

The walk from the Grainger Market to our third stop at The Bridge Tavern took us through Central Arcade, a beautifully preserved Edwardian shopping arcade that is well worth a photo stop. We then ventured down Grey Street, famous for its beautiful architecture that never fails impress.

Central Arcade is such a stunning spot

Bridge Tavern’s head brewer shares his secrets

The Bridge Tavern was the perfect pit stop for the middle of the tour. We got the chance to hear from the pub’s head brewer (Bridge Tavern is a also micro-brewery) who served us a selection of different beers. I usually stick to pale ales but he mentioned that the darkest beer had been made with coffee so I had to give that a try. Oh my days… it was like a cross between a Guinness and an espresso martini, I LOVED it!

Sampling the beer at The Bridge Tavern

There was a wide range of beers to try

No chance of going home hungry after this tour

We were also treated to mouthwatering mini burgers, they were absolutely delicious and very filling. Despite the temptation to stuff my face I restricted myself to just one as I was conscious we still had two stops left. You are definitely well fed on this tour, that’s for sure!

Fourth Stop – Six at BALTIC

I was so excited when Hannah announced the next stop was Six, the prestigious restaurant which occupies the top floor of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has an excellent reputation for its ‘simple, seasonable and sustainable’ menu. It also boasts the best panoramic views of the Quayside.

Guide Hannah checking out the views

The setting here was a lot more formal than anywhere else on the tour but the atmosphere was still really relaxed.The group had got to know each other a little bit better by this point; We chatted away while sharing bread and olives and happily tucked in to our own individually served charcuterie plates. More wine flowed and I could feel myself getting a little bit tipsy, not to mention very full. Everything was delicious, right down to the whipped salted butter!

Some of the delicious food we sampled at Six

Fifth Stop – The Great British Cupcakery

Another huge grin appeared across my face when the final stop was revealed. The Great British Cupcakery is somewhere I have wanted to visit for a long time after seeing many amazing pictures of their homemade creations on Instagram.

My eyes widened as we stepped inside the pretty parlour, it’s beautifully decorated with a gorgeous pastel coloured flower wall. A pretty blossom tree stands in one corner and baby pink seating curves around another. The counter was filled with tempting sweet treats, from individual cupcakes to huge slices of the most amazing layer cakes you have ever seen, all creatively decorated with mouthwatering delights.

The grand finale of the tour

We were offered the choice of a hot drink and any cake or a shake… but we’re not talking your average milkshake here so I simply couldn’t resist the latter. This salted caramel creation was the absolute bomb and provided the perfect end to an absolutely fabulous day!

I can’t believe I managed to finish it!

Final Thoughts

I consider myself very lucky to have been one of the first to enjoy a Newcastle Food Tour with Triple A Food Tours, although I’m sure it wouldn’t have taken me long to book! They’ve managed to create an experience that encapsulates so many of the things I love about Geordieland… passionate people, sensational sights and fabulous food and drink!

Amazing food and drink + breathtaking locations = the perfect day out!

I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, whether you’re a food lover who wants to sample some of the best eateries around or a tourist looking for a fun way to see the city. The variety of food and drink means there’s something for everyone and I think it would be a great way to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or hen party.

Triple A Food Tours also offer vouchers, the perfect gift for a foodie!  I think the price tag of £49pp is great value considering how much you get to eat and drink and the quality of the establishments you visit.

The only tips I can think to give you would be to arrive hungry and wear comfortable shoes. Oh, and keep an eye out for new and exciting tours being announced, including a cheese tour (I know what I’ll be doing for my birthday this year)!

All the booking info you need is at www.tripleafoodtours.com

Do you fancy trying out the Newcastle Food Tour? I always love to hear your thoughts so leave me a comment below 🙂

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Rachel Kershaw

I'm a proud ambassador for all that's great about Geordieland and love sharing the best of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer. I may not be a Geordie born and bred but I've lived here for a over a decade and am proud to call this fabulous region my home!

10 Comments

  1. When I first saw this tour, I assumed it was self guided, but to be lead through the city makes it better. There are so many times when we think about going out and just don’t know where to go. Then go somewhere we’ve been 100 times before.
    Totally love this idea and I’ll suggest it to Cat for our next date night.

    • Thanks for your comment Alan, I agree, it’s PERFECT for a date! The guide was lovely and deliberately took us the ‘pretty way’ from one venue to the next. It’s a great way to try new places and as you can probably tell, I had lots of fun!

  2. Stuart Forster Reply

    The tapas board at La Casa looks a treat. I’ve tried food tours in other cities but not in the North East. Looks well worth a go.

  3. That sounds brilliant Rachel! I’d consider launching a Parmo Tour of the Boro, but that would probably kill every guest!!

  4. Love this idea! That tapas board looks incredible. I’ve noticed there Insta too, but this has definitely made me want to book.

  5. Honestly can’t believe that no one has thought to do this before, it’s such a brilliant idea and the city has been crying out for it! Can’t wait to book myself onto one!

  6. Oh wow. What a great business idea. You’ve described it so well, I have a great picture in my mind. This would make a great gift or something to do with visitors to the region. Fab! I’ll add it to my list.

  7. Oh you stopped at lots of my faves – love the idea of this x

  8. Newcastle FamilyLife Reply

    This sounds like such a great idea, I will have to look into booking one for my dad’s birthday later in the year x

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