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.
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.
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
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!