A snowy weekend in Newcastle – UK
Its Ms Albatrose choice as its his birthday and hes decided he’d like to spend it with the fog on the Tyne in Newcastle. Were booked into a nice hotel and dinner is arranged for 8pm, now all we have to do is get there safely, which is not proving to be an easy task so far. The weather forecast said there would be blizzards and they were about right. As you’ll see from our other posts we’ve nothing against the snow, in fact I love looking out of the curtains and seeing a winter wonderland in the morning but it does stress me out when were driving. Fingers crossed the driving conditions don’t get any worse as we go more north, I bet they will, but I hope they don’t!
Luckily we arrive just before the snow starts to settle on the side streets, we did have a bit of bother trying to find the hotel but the sat nav got us there in the end and it was only a 10 minutes detour.
Were staying at the Indigo hotel which is holiday inns boutique range of hotels. The room is of the compact and bijou variety but perfectly formed and it even has my favorite Aveda toiletries in the bathroom. The complementary minibar is a bit disappointing as I was hoping for a little beer or wine after the long drive but I have to settle for a lemonade. And after a quick turn around were back out again for dinner.
Were eating at the hotels restaurant too which works out nicely because it is bitter outside and I don’t fancy trudging around in the snow trying the find a restaurant that we read about online but have no idea where it is (do I sounds like Im speaking from experience? I am). It just so happens that its a Marco Pierre White restaurant and has a reputation for good steaks. We order a glass of prosecco and some bread and olives to start, all of which are nice. We obviously order steaks for our main course, Ms Albatrose orders the rib eye and I order the sirloin both arrive with the fattest chips Ive ever seen, onion rings and a tomato. We have a little swapsie and try each others food, I think mine has the strongest taste while the misters has a nicer texture and is juicer, but both are brilliant and go so well with the Malbec weve ordered.
I’m such a glutton, my eyes are far bigger than my belly (although not for much longer if I carry on eating like this) so cant help but order dessert and I really would have been happy with any of them, they’ve got all the faves; creme brûlée, sticky toffee pudding, banoffee mess but in the end I opt for something really old school and something Ive never seen on a menu before- sherry trifle! Its amazing, I had no idea that was what it was supposed to taste like. Delish!
We finish dinner with a couple of g&ts in the bar and then Im so full I can barely move, that’s not so good, what a piggy, but we’ve had a lovely evening.