Playing tour guide in my home town

Playing tour guide in my home town

17th October 2018 8 By Rachael Stray

I’m a very proud Geordie and I absolutely love any chance I can get to show people to delights of Newcastle and in the last week I got the opportunity twice!

On Wednesday evening I met fellow blogger Kate who was in Newcastle for a conference for tea after I finished work.

I am a firm believer that bloggers make the best recommendations and I felt under pressure to take her somewhere great so I asked another blogger Chloe for a recommendation as there’s just so much choice!

Chloe suggested Fat Hippo Undergound which is an excellent shout and I hadn’t been there for ages.

I met Kate outside Central Station and then we were off exploring my native city.

We walked up to Newcastle University where I spent three years studying for my Sociology degree and the older building are just gorgeous.

I also showed Kate the football stadium, Leazes Park, Grey’s Monument and Northumberland Street before we headed to Fat Hippo.

For a Wednesday night it was surprisingly busy but the friendly server quickly found us a free table.

We both plumped for the American burger – double 4oz patty, topped with cheese, gherkins, ketchup and American mustard and I couldn’t resist the dirty fries.

It was a really lovely evening and Kate got a tour from a local which I think (hope) she enjoyed.

At the weekend my friend and her partner came to stay with us for two nights but unfortunately Storm Callum literally rained on our parade but we didn’t let the weather dampen our spirits!

They arrived just after lunchtime on Saturday and the rain just didn’t let up.

After a quick tour of the house and the car unpacked we headed to my beloved Newcastle for some lunch.

We headed to Central Oven and Shaker as their pizzas are delicious.

Three of us went for the beef ragu and mozzarella pizza while Steve had the roasted vegetable pizza with pepperoni (obviously) and both couples shared some truffle fries.

Afterwards we were supposed to play crazy golf at Mr Mulligans Space Golf but unfortunately it seemed everyone else had the same idea for some indoor fun on a wet Saturday afternoon; so we decided to have a little walking tour of the city instead.

This time I headed down to the Quayside so they could see my beloved bridges including the Tyne Bridge which has just turned 90 and we headed up to the viewing point in the Baltic for an even better view.

The Quayside Seaside was deserted even though the sun finally made an appearance and the rain finally stopped!

All walked out we then headed home.

They had planned to spend the whole day at Beamish Open Air Museum on Sunday but with the rain pelting down Friday and Saturday it didn’t seem like a good idea.

So it was time for Plan B.

We headed this time in my car to Tynemouth for some more indoor fun – the market at the Metro Station.

I managed to pick up some gorgeous gifts for some upcoming birthdays and we had a good mooch around.

I’d promised them some fantastic fish and chips so we headed to Longsands but there were no tables and the rain was coming down hard.

Marshalls was also packed but undeterred my quest for fish and chips continued and we were on our way to Newcastle once again.

We went straight to George’s Kitchen where the fish and chips are fantastic and we even bagged ourselves a booth (in the form of a beach hut) so I was pretty happy!

I plumped for the cod which I had breaded and the other three went for the haddock battered.

It was delicious and they treated us very kindly as a thank you for having them stay with us.

With satisfied tummies we were off to spend the rest of the afternoon playing crazy golf which I had booked the night before as I didn’t want to risk disappointment again. I’ll fill you in on what we thought of that in an upcoming blog post.

It was a lovely weekend despite the gloomy weather and I loved playing tour guide in my home town.


When was the last time you played tour guide where you live? Let me know in the comments below.  


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