Monday, 24 March 2014

Gosforth Dreams and the Burgers of Destiny

Firstly for some lovely news that I just have to share.  My little sister got engaged on Friday!   Her boyfriend popped the question two days before her 30th birthday whilst they were away celebrating at Lythe Hill Hotel and Spa in Surrey.  She has the most gorgeous ring in exactly the style that she wanted and she is over the moon.   So looks like I have a very important wedding to attend in Norfolk next year and will be on bridesmaid duty again which I'm really looking forward to.

The weather has been clear and sunny today so we ended up going on a little spontaneous adventure.  I really love unplanned outings but don't often get to enjoy them as I'm one of life's planners.  For some reason I always have to know exactly what I'm doing and like to go out and about armed with maps - I just can't help myself.

We got up early this morning to catch the bus to Newcastle Racecourse for a little look at Living North Live that has been taking place there this weekend.  It's an Event which runs twice a year in Newcastle and York showcasing lots of local food, lifestyle, fashion and beauty businesses.  

Living North Live
Simon and I got there for doors open and headed straight to the food stalls in the marquee.  We had an enjoyable stroll around, talking to people about their produce and giving lots of things a try.  We particularly enjoyed our little taste of "Kitty's Homemade Ginger" who make non alcoholic ginger wine which is absolutely delicious and would be amazing mixed with lemonade in the summer or added to a stir fry.  We also had a lovely chat with the guys from Geordie Banger Company as we were selecting our sausages.  We've been meaning to buy some for such a long time and finally got ourselves into gear to get some today.

Living North Live
After a quick look round the lifestyle stalls and a lust after some rather beautiful garden furniture we caught a bus to Gosforth for a look around.

Gosforth is an area I haven't really visited before, it's a suburb north of Newcastle and wandering around the pretty High Street this afternoon it's become our new fantasy place to buy a house.   Unfortunately the prices of properties in the area are out of our price range but it's fun to dream of a life walking out of our beautiful house for a stroll beside the daffodils into one of the local coffee shops (maybe via the gorgeous Katherines Florists so Simon can pick me up a bunch of flowers) and then on for a brisk walk to the Park whilst having a nosy at the neighbours digging in their allotments.


Head out of the clouds and back to today! 
 
By this point it was heading towards lunchtime and I suddenly remembered there was a pub in the area that I'd been wanting to try so we decided to make a fun lunch plan.  We had a nice walk from the High Street to Brandling Villa in South Gosforth which is home to the "Burgers of Destiny".

The pub itself is quite dark and cold yet it's very popular which makes a nice atmosphere.  We managed to get in just before the tables started to fill up with friends catching up, families with kids and people out dog walking (the pub is very dog friendly and even has a menu for your canine pal).

What it lacks in d├ęcor it more than makes up for with the food.   The menu is so much fun to read, the author is clearly a bit of a comedian and there's also a lot of choice.  The dishes are classic "pub grub" but with a twist, and using food that is sourced locally.

Whilst the main menu looked great, we were there to sample the famous burgers so there was only one menu that we were interested in.

I don't often eat burgers when I'm out, if I'm going to eat a burger I like it to be big and full of flavour, I'm not interested in a boring cheese burger unless it also features some mushrooms and maybe an egg and some onion rings and those kind of burgers can be hard to find.

The Brandling takes the added extras and then pushes it further than you could imagine.  The menu is large and there's something for every taste, a lot for only the brave and some that just make you do a double take.  Each burger has it's own name and the description of each one needs to be read quite carefully just to give your brain some time to process.

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The highlights of the menu include "A Night in with Susan Boyle" (a burger with poached egg, pancetta, baked beans, potato cake and mushrooms),  "The Day Emily Bishop Went Insane" (a burger containing thin slice pork pie, a free range egg and Bramley Apple Sauce) and then, the most talked about tribute to Newcastle's very own Princess, "The Dirty Thoughts of Cheryl Cole" ... you can see from the picture below what that burger contains!

Brandling Villa Gosforth
I wasn't quite brave enough to try a Cheryl so I went for the "London Gentlemen" - a breaded chicken breast with roasted Northumbrian Swiss cheese, wholegrain mustard and a poached egg whilst Simon had the "Porco Rosso" - a beef burger with cheese sauce, pulled pork and crispy fried red onions.

Brandling Villa Gosforth
  Brandling Villa Gosforth
Believe me these burgers are not for the faint hearted and should only be handled by true experts!  I struggled with mine and we all know how much I love my food.  I'd never had a chicken breast in a burger before and it was so delicious but very very filling.  I really loved the fries which were homemade with their skins on and I always appreciate a bit of coleslaw on the side although on top of the burger it was all a little too much.  I had a small bite of Simon's burger as well and it was huge.  The meat portions in these burgers are man sized!



I'm very glad I went as it was a fantastic burger, but unfortunately a little too much for me.  Simon on the other hand has already text his mates telling them all about the place so I think he might well be planning a Lads Burger and Beer Night.

After a day of sunshine, walking and epic burgers I'm now sat here feeling a little full with tired legs and am contemplating whether to have a snooze on the couch.   

It's a good job an afternoon nap is just what Sundays are made for.

16 comments:

  1. What wonderful news and something to look forward too. Those burgers look yummy Lucy x

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    1. SO good :) Although still feeling rather full (and kinda guilty cos I also ate a shed load of cake this weekend which I didn't blog about!) x

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  2. I keep meaning to try these burgers even though I'm not a huge burger lover! The lads from work have been a few times and say they are lovely. xx

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    1. It's definitely a lads burger I think ... I think if I went again I'd order something else x

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  3. Those burgers sound insane! There's a pub near me which does similar ones, and I think that's the first time I've ever not been able to finish a burger. I like mine to be different too, though I'm always won over if it contains mushrooms, cheese and onion rings!


    Jo xxx

    She Wears Burgundy

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    1. If I was going to design my perfect burger it would be a big juicy beef burger with cheese, onion rings, mushrooms and a fried egg :D

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  4. I am not eating burgers, but on weekends could spoil myself.
    And yes those burgers look too yummy yummm :)
    Have a good start of week!
    Liuba x

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    1. That's exactly how I try and live, healthy(ish) during the week and then lots of treats at the weekend ... although I do now have slight burger guilt after this feast! x

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  5. Sounds like you had such a lovely day. Congrats again on your sisters engagement :). The food looks immense. I don't think I would have been able to finish mine either though!! xx

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    1. Thank you :) I'm very excited, can't wait to go bridesmaid dress shopping (should probably lay off the burgers eh?!)

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  6. Congrats to your little sis! And oh my goodness that burger looks to die for, I am totally craving one now!!

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    1. I don't have them often, but when I do I go big :D

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  7. Congratulations to your sister. I love gosforth too. Those burgers sound absolutely amazing! I love how you can make any of them veggie. So many places just have one vegetarian burger option with no added extras so I'm always jealous of the mushrooms, fancy cheese or salsa meat eaters get with their burgers. I need to try this place.

    Just wondering, how do you manage to stay so slim and eat all this amazing food. I need some tips to lose this baby weight! Xx

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    1. Well! I used to be severely obese but then I joined Weight Watchers and lost 9 stone (I know a few people who've joined to shift baby weight and I'd definitely recommend it if you're struggling). I've been at my goal almost 2 years now and I just apply what I learnt through WW in my every day life now. On the whole I'm very very sensible during the week, I stick to a pretty strict routine ... porridge for breakfast, banana for mid morning snack, salad and an apple for lunch, then I usually have a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit in the afternoon. In the evening I have a pretty small dinner and make sure I don't over do it on the carbs, then I have a hot drink before bed usually with some kind of small treat.

      Then at the weekends I eat whatever I fancy really ... burgers, cakes, afternoon teas :O

      I also do quite a bit of walking, I walk to work every day and try and walk instead of getting the Metro at weekends too where I can.

      It all seems to be working at the moment :)

      X

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    2. Losing 9 stone is amazing! It's such an achievement to not only lose it, but maintain it. I'm, not really sure if I'm struggling yet, I just think I need to get into more of a routine. I;m used to being at work from 8 to 6 during the week and I'm usually on my feet a lot and only manage a 15 min break each day so I'm not used to having time to eat much. But since having my baby girl I've been going for a few too many coffee and cakes and after having a c-section I haven;t been able to do any exercise, but I can start to now. I used to be much more indulgent on a weekend too, but my husband works shifts so weekends don't mean much to us these days! Also, sleepless nights make me reach for cake, chocolate etc for an energy boost, but I've been stocking up on healthy snacks. Hopefully I will be in a routine soon.

      I've ordered three cropped jumpers from the Topshop website! I've told myself I can't keep them all! Thanks for the tip.

      x

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  8. Those things look HUGE! I want one :) x

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