Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 North East Foodie Awards

Welcome to New Girl in Toon's very own celebration of a year of amazing food places in the North East!   What fun would writing a blog full of food be if you couldn't host your own little award ceremony at the end of the year?  

This year I have ticked so many restaurants off my list and I thought it would be good to share my top picks of 2014 with you.

BEST AFTERNOON TEA

Winner: Jesmond Dene House

I think we all knew I'd pick JDH as my winner.  The food is amazing and the house is gorgeous - if you haven't been yet what on earth are you waiting for?  It is easily the best afternoon tea in the North East and we return time and time again.


Runner up: Bonbar

New to the Toon, afternoon tea at Bonbar is a really fun affair with funky glass teapots and delicious food.


BEST CAKE DATE

Winner: The Oak Café at Barker and Stonehouse

This little place is a hidden treasure in the centre of Newcastle.   A stone's throw away from the city centre it's peaceful and cosy with delicious cakes.  The best place to escape the hustle and bustle of the high street.


Runner up: Great British Cupcakery

Serving up the biggest cakes in town, the counter at the Great British Cupcakery has to be seen to be believed. 

BEST BRUNCH

Winner: Tyneside Bar and Cinema

The best breakfast menu in Newcastle!   Speed down there on a Sunday for Brunch Club, the perfect excuse to work your way down the entire menu whilst watching a classic old film.


Runner Up: Malmaison

Not for the faint hearted, the Malmaison offers up the biggest brunch in town which is so epic you'll need to go home after for a lie down.


BEST LUNCH ON THE GO

Winner: Sloppy Joe's

Always Simon's first suggestion if we're in Newcastle and desperate for a satisfying sandwich, he's even been known to sneak off and buy one without me!   Serving local produce on freshly baked bread - this is street style food at its finest.



Runner Up: Zapatista

Took us a while to try it but when we did it was love!   Hugely satisfying Burritos, crammed full of the most tasty fillings.   We will definitely be back there in 2015 to try out the churros that have recently been added to the menu.


BEST NORTH EAST NEWBIE

Winner: St Mary's Inn

Probably my most anticipated new restaurant of the year and it did not let me down.  From the people that brought us Jesmond Dene House, St Mary's Inn is so warm and cosy with a delicious menu.


Runner Up:  Coop Chicken House

After years of being left so disappointed by Nandos (bleurggghhh!) this little independent restaurant in Newcastle serves up chicken the right way ... with shots of sauce!  Delicious!


RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Bonbar

Bonbar was a real surprise for us when we ventured in during Restaurant Week.  We had no idea what to expect and were really impressed by how fantastic the food was.  So much so we have since returned for afternoon tea and again on Christmas Day!


I'm already excited to see what places we can discover in 2015!  

25 comments:

  1. Hi Chloe, loving the new design of your blog and agree with loads of your winners in this fab foody post! We really are spoilt for choice when it come to places to eat in the North East!
    Rachel x
    www.lifeingeordieland.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm really chuffed with it - I've been wanting a new layout for ages. That along with my lovely new camera have made things look all new and shiny round here :)

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  2. Great selection! What a lovely year :)
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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  3. Happy New Year 2015 ! :)
    www.blog017.blogspot.com
    Kisses from Poland ♥

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  4. All of your food posts make me hungry - great round-up.

    Lizzie Dripping

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    1. They make me SO hungry writing them all up, not good when you're a post Christmas healthy eating kick!

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  5. You really have had a foodie year, thank you for sharing the best of what the North East has to offer. I have enjoyed travelling on your journeys Lucy x

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    1. I'm glad ... don't forget Newcastle is only 2 hours 50 minutes away from London by train ... plenty to see, do and eat up in this part of the world ;)

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  6. Brilliant post idea and brilliant winners! :)
    I neeeeeed yo to take me to the Great British Cupcakery.. i neeeeed that caramel shortbread! :p

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

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    1. Yes! You really do need to go .. it is SO good! Hard to get a seat at times, but worth it when you do!

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  7. Lovely post Chloe! I can always rely on your blog for letting me know all of the good food places in our area :) I blame you for making me hungry quite a lot though ;) xx

    http://www.suzyheartsbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. Sorry :) I'm my own worst enemy, I'm forever making myself hungry too!

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  8. I definitely didn't eat out enough when I was in the NE! Will def we back for more! I especially love the photo of you eating the burrito!! You look so intense and focused!! ;)

    Lou xx
    whiskyandpancakes.co.uk

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    1. Definitely not ... you were always in Pleased to Meet You drinking gin ;)

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  9. Lovely post, there are so many places in Newcastle I'm yet to try! That should be my New Years resolution, I think Bon Bar will be first on the list x

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    1. Fantastic idea! We're going to try and tick a few more places off the list this year, it's growing out of control now!

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  10. There are lots of places on this list I have yet to visit! Definitely going to try bonbar - you can use your tastecard there too making it very good value. Think I might make it my mission to enjoy afternoon tea at JDH this year too as we've only ever dined in evening/Sunday lunch. Thanks for linking to #LoveNorthEast

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    1. Oooooooooooh brilliant! Simon's just got some kind of dining out card thing, not sure where we can use it yet but I'm excited about it arriving! Great excuse to go out and eat some more ;)

      Afternoon tea at JDH is a complete must, you have to move that to the very top of your priority list, it's so so good! I think we're going to make a return visit before the Winter is out.

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  11. Congrats to the winners and runners up here, lots of new places for me to try! Despite living across the road from Bonbar we've only ever been for dinner, never afternoon tea, so must give that a go! My boyfriend keeps pushing to go to Coop during Restaurant Week so I may negotiate if he takes me for Mal's brunch I'll treat him to dinner there! xx

    Viva Epernay

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    1. Coop and the Mal sound like ideal choices to me! We're going for the new Lola Jeans and Quay 7 just based on the delicious sounding puddings! Limiting ourselves to two even though each time Restaurant Week rolls round I wish we could just eat out for the entire week!

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  12. I definitely need to try some of these places! So delicious and such a great idea hosting your own little foodie awards!!

    Kay xx
    Idreamofcoco.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. We should drag ourselves away from cake some time and do a proper meal instead!

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  13. A great list of places to visit, I must try and go to some of them soon

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    1. Thank you :) Definitely a list of musts!

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