Sunday in sunny Newcastle

Sunday in sunny Newcastle

19th August 2018 21 By Rachael Stray

It had been a good while since I paid the Sunday market at the Quayside in Newcastle a visit so on a sunny day we made the trip over.

This was also Steve’s first ever visit to the market and the Quayside Seaside.

Avid readers will know that for Valentine’s Day I put together a list of dates for the hubby and I to do and at number 4 was a visit to the Quayside.

You can catch up with my romancing the socks off Valentine’s Day post here.

After a quick trip to the Metro Centre (pretty sure it’s my second home) to book a holiday we made the short drive to Newcastle.

We parked up at Times Square as you can pay by card and it’s easy for us to get to and from.

It was a beautiful sunny day so we slapped on some sun cream and headed down to the Quayside and it was really great to see the market was buzzing.

We perused the various stalls and with our stomachs rumbling we decided it was time for lunch.

It was really warm and we wanted a sit down in the shade so we headed to the Quayside Seaside to check out the menu of the Little Fishy.

I love how in the warmer months this part of the Quayside is transformed into a sandy oasis with deckchairs, palm trees, candy-striped beach huts and golden sand.

We were pleased to see only a small queue and joined it. We both plumped for the fish finger sandwich and opted to share some chips.

We sat down at an empty table with our cans of pop and watched the children enjoying playing in the sand on the beach while we waited for our food.

Fish finger sandwich is a misleading name as this was more like a whale. Two large fish goujons within a toasted brioche bun with tartar sauce and crunch coleslaw.

The chips were really tasty – chunky with the skin on and were the perfect accompaniment.

We ate every last bite and it was delicious.

After lunch we had another walk through the market but on this occasion didn’t buy anything. We took a couple of cards though for future birthday present ideas.

We decided to head up into town to check out the temporary transformation of Blackett Street for the summer.

Grey’s Monument looked amazing with his temporary glad-rags as part of the Great Exhibition of the North.

Blackett Street has really been transformed – pedestrianised, AstroTurf, beanbags, picnic tables, mini golf, fairground rides and a puppet show has replaced the usual road and traffic.

It looks fantastic. It was full of families and friends enjoying the sunshine.

We nipped into a couple of shops so I could stock up on makeup (hello No7 counter at Boots) and then headed to Wilko’s for a few bits and then TJ Hughes for a summer duvet and another sheet as it’s just so warm on an evening still.

After clocking up well over my 10,000 steps for the day we headed back to the car for home.

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