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Summer City Festivals

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As the year progresses, and summer begins to roll around festival season commences. To many, festivals immediately provoke an image of mud, music and beer, however that’s no longer the case. Here are our favourite alternative festival offerings over the next month, if you’re more partial to a bit of city living, than a weekend in a field.

Newcastle

Jesterval

From the 6th to the 14th of June, Jesterval, The North East’s Premier Comedy Festival, returns to the city. Being held for the second consecutive year at one of the North’s most iconic locations, Baltic Square at Gateshead Quays, the festival offers a range of comedy performances to entertain many tastes. Playing host to some of the finest comedians touring the UK today, the festival boasts a strong line-up for its 2014 run, including the likes of Jason Manford, Tony Law, Marcus Brigstocke, Sara Pascoe, Paul Zerdin, Simon Munnery, and Terry Alderton. From household names and hotly-tipped national ‘up and comers’  to the very best local talent, theres a huge variety in comedic styles.

With over 30 comedic performances running over the week, the festival will aim to capture the diverse, cultural and spiritual zeitgeist of the day, and, because of that, Jesterval can guarantee there will be an act for everyone – even those with the most delicate of tastes.

For further information on all the line ups, start times or to buy tickets please visit the website. Tickets are all very affordably priced, and the festival provides the opportunity to see nationally renowned comic Jason Manford for under £25 per ticket.

 

Manchester

Parklife Weekender

Parklife Weekender, held at Heaton Park in Manchester is a music festival with a difference. The June offering, which is a weekend festival without the camping element, comes courtesy of the people that brought you Warehouse Project. If it’s anything like last year, it’s sure to be a thriving weekend for the city. With the likes of Snoop Dogg, Disclosure and Bastille headlining the line-up over the strong weekend, it is an event not to be missed. The line-up is jam packed with some of the most current acts and DJ’s, set to be spread across the two day affair. Unlike many of the top festivals in the UK, there is no camping at Parklife, and although this might seem like an inconvenience, the close proximity of the location to the city of Manchester means you can enjoy the best of both worlds, by heading into the vibrant city of Manchester once the  evening music comes to a close.

Leeds

Food and Drink Festival

Running from Friday 23rd May until Sunday 8th June 2014, the Leeds Food and Drink Festival is a two week celebration of the amazing food and drink available in the city. With events running daily throughout the festival, it’s the perfect time to head to one of the country’s most exciting and vibrant cities to sample what the area has to offer.

With events that are of interest to all ages, the festival offers everything from a kid’s festival at The Tetley to an exciting pop-up dining experience in Trinity Kitchen through to cocktail classes and cake making in a range of exciting and interesting venues around the city.

 

The Leeds Food and Drink Festival grand finale will be the annual three day Yorkshire Food and Drink Show in Millennium Square between the 6th – 8th June. If you’re passionate about good, well grown Yorkshire produce there’ll be a plenty of tasty food combinations to stimulate the taste senses. There’ll be live cookery demonstrations from local chefs, artisan food specialists exhibiting delicious produce, traditional real ales, Pimms and cocktail bars and some of Yorkshire’s finest restaurants serving their signature dishes. In addition there’ll be the sizzle of delicious street food dishes from around the world being cooked right in front of you.
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Our guide to a refined evening in Newcastle

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Newcastle is known as a great location for a big night out. Whether you’re heading there with friends, family or your partner, it’s likely you’ll have plenty to do for the duration of your visit. However, the popularity of the city also means that, on a weekend, bars can get rowdy and restaurants will inevitably get busy. With rambunctious groups of friends, stag and hen parties and large numbers of students about, it might be the case that whilst wanting to go out, you’d rather keep your evening more refined. If this is what you’re opting for during your Saturday in the Toon, then we’ve got you covered.

Drinks

Start your evening off with a classy tipple of champagne in one of Newcastle’s most exclusive bars. Silk Room, located between the vibrant Newcastle city centre and the stylish quayside is one of the city’s more elegant evening destinations. Far enough away from the city centre to retain an air of relaxed atmosphere, you’ll avoid the rowdy beginnings of a Newcastle night out by selecting this bar to commence your night out. Both a restaurant and champagne bar, you could enjoy your full evening of drinks and food in this trendy location, however we’d advise enjoying some of Newcastle’s finest cocktails and champagnes here before moving on to further your night with food in the city.

Dinner

Marco Polo is one of Newcastle’s prime dining locations, so if you’re looking to sample the very best food offerings available, book a table at this quality Italian located on Dean Street. A hugely popular restaurant, you’ll undoubtedly have to book your table in advance. Having been recently renovated, and with an elegant split level seating arrangement and great ambience, it’s no surprise that Marco Polo is such a popular restaurant. Priding itself on using locally sourced ingredients, the team behind the restaurant aim to offer a creative menu, quality ingredients and consistency’. Near enough to the city centre to still be bustling with a busy vibe, Marco Polo is a great spot to enjoy a meal before moving on to your nights entertainment.

Entertainment

Entertainment in any major city is rife, and in Newcastle it’s no different. There are many options depending on how you want to spend time after your evening meal. If you want to continue with a classy drink, then Newcastle has plenty to offer. Bars like Babucho and Popolo exude an air of elegance when you sit down to enjoy a relaxed drink. Offering extensive cocktails, spirits and more continental lagers on tap, these two locations are more refined bars, and the ban on large parties of stag and hen do’s means you won’t be interrupted by rowdy groups. Pleased To Meet You is another elegant bar that specialises in Gin drinks, and whilst it gets busy on a weekend, the selection of exotic drinks on offer more than makes up for the somewhat bustling atmosphere on a Saturday night.

If a relaxed evening drink simply doesn’t cut it for you during your weekend break, there are more lively options available. The Livello cocktail bar and club on Lower Dean Street is an exclusive nightlife spot frequented by many of the areas celebrities, and if you want to enjoy drinks in contemporary and busy surroundings, Livello is the place to head.

Alternatively, if you’d rather enjoy an evening performance, the Metro Radio Arena and Theatre Royal both offer performances most nights of the week.

If you’re looking to enjoy a weekend of entertainment this month in Newcastle, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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St Patrick’s Day weekend events

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This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday, opening up the whole prior weekend for city breaks to enjoy Ireland’s biggest national celebration. From city centre paradestaking place throughout England, to bar and food promotions, there’s plenty happening to celebrate the Irish patron saint. We might not originate from the Emerald Isle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of these great events as part of your weekend city break.

Leeds

On Sunday 16th March, Leeds celebrates St Patrick’s day with the city’s annual parade, taking place in the iconic Millenium Square. Now in its fifteenth year of running, the event which is free to attend, provides fantastic entertainment for families and friends of all ages who are all welcomed to come down and join in the fun.

If you’re after something a little less rowdy, and are looking to sample Irish food and drinks options over the St Patrick’s Day weekend, there are plenty of options in Leeds, however if you’re wanting to extend the weekend into Monday, we recommend heading to New Station Street and enjoying an evening of top quality charcuterie and cheese, all washed down with craft beer and great wine at Friends Of Ham. The ‘Paddy’s Day’ event, which kicks off at 19:30pm gives you the opportunity to sample special edition beers from Eight Degrees Brewing in Cork, accompanied by delicious Irish cheeses and delicacies.

Manchester

Not satisfied with simply one day of celebrations, Manchester’s annual Irish Festival has turned Albert Square green from Friday 7th March all the way through to the big day itself on Monday 17th.

The square, which is an iconic Manchester location is the place to head if you want to sample some of the country’s finest offerings, with an assortment of products from both local traders and ones travelling over from their Irish homeland. Irish treats like Tayto Crisps will be available in abundance, and you can stock up on the likes of Clonakilty Black Pudding and Galtee Cheese.

If you’re in the city for the weekend and want to sample the traditional Irish pub feel, you have plenty of potential evening destinations. Manchester’s renowned Printworks area is packed with bars and restaurants, and with many offering Paddy’s Day themes over the course of the weekend, you can head in to enjoy ta full weekend celebration at Waxy O’Connors which includes live music, sport and drinks. Elsewhere, The Living Room are celebrating St Patricks Day this year in serious style. Offering a fantastic 3 course set menu for just £14.95pp served all day and night, the Head Chef at the restaurant will be cooking up some Irish Style Specials to give you a genuine taste of Ireland.

 

Newcastle

If it’s a traditional Irish feel you’re searching for in Newcastle this weekend, then head to O’Neills pub for a huge celebration on their biggest day of the year. Complete with Irish drinks and patriotic dancing with live music, O’Neills is an option for a quick drink, or a full evening of St Paddy’s traditions.
It might not immediately spring to mind as being synonymously Irish, however heading to Newcastle Racecourse is a great option this St Patrick’s Day weekend. Get your friends and family together and join in the craic at this very popular event, which incorporates live racing all afternoon, coupled with entertainment in Grandstand Hall and a selection of food options. Taking place on Saturday 15th, tickets start from £15 per person.

If you’re looking to enjoy an evening of entertainment this month, make sure you book in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

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Daytime entertainment in Newcastle

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Newcastle is a vibrant and exciting city which is frequently a destination of choice for people looking to take a weekend city break in the UK. If you’re planning a trip, and want to sample the history around the area after you’ve seen all the city centre has to offer, here are some destinations within driving distance for you to enjoy.

Angel of the North

One of the most iconic landmark in the UK, you’ll pass the Angel on the drive north to Newcastle. Just ten minutes outside the city limits of Newcastle, the nearby location means you can easily nip out to visit the contemporary sculpture and return to the city within a couple of hours. The iconic 66 ft Anthony Gormley piece was described as having three-fold significance ‘first, to signify that beneath the site of its construction, coal miners worked for two centuries; second, to grasp the transition from an industrial to information age, and third, to serve as a focus for our evolving hopes and fears’.

Bamburgh Castle

If you’re wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for an afternoon, then take the hour long drive up the North Northumberland Heritage Coast and pay a visit to Bamburgh Castle. With breathtaking views and true history on offer, you can spend hours exploring the castle and grounds of this Grade I listed building.

St James’ Park

If you’re in the city for the weekend, then make sure you plan the date to correspond with a Newcastle United home fixture. The Premier League outfit might not be perennial title challengers, however over recent years have played some great football which has seen them challenging for a place in Europe. With a capacity of over 50,000 and a rich history including greats like Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, join the Geordies for 90 minutes of passion fuelled sport.

Intu Eldon Square

If you’re after an afternoon of shopping, Newcastle offers a number of options. If you want the shopping centre feel, Gateshead’s Metro Centre is a short drive away, however if you plan on a casual window shop in the heart of the city, Intu Eldon Square has a host of big name fashion brands along with all your high street favourites. The indoor centre compliments the retail on offer through the city centre, so whether you’re after the latest fashion trend in All Saints, or just want a browse through Next, you have plenty of options available.

 

If you’re looking to enjoy an weekend of entertainment in Newcastle this month, make sure you check out booking in at Roomzzz, to enjoy a full weekend of comfort.

 
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Valentine’s Day in Newcastle

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February is almost here, which means that for the loved-up couples out there, you haven’t got long left to plan that romantic evening or weekend away to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Whether you want options for the Friday, or you’re planning to get away for a whole weekend, here are some ideas of how to wow your partner.

Dining

Silk Room

The Silk Room is a restaurant and champagne bar in central Newcastle that has been popular with diners in the city for the past 7 years. Silk Room prides itself on providing an ambient dining experience with an enjoyable atmosphere and great food. Ideal for Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a customised menu to go with the champagne bar, which is an ideal spot to for kick off your special night. The bar, upon which the Silk Room has made its name, offers over 25 champagne choices for customers, along with 16 champagne cocktails and a variety of classic and new world wines. Whether you’re after a bar to kick off the evening with a classy drink, or want to enjoy the special restaurant menu, Silk Room is a great place to head to on your big evening.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill

If you’re looking to indulge someone you love this Valentine’s Day, then a table at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill may be exactly what you’re after. Offering a specially designed Valentine’s menu, treat your loved one with three courses of arguably Newcastle’s finest food. Enjoy a starter from a range of options, including scallops and oysters before moving on to a main of seabass, beef or duck. For £50 per person, enjoy some of the best cuisine Newcastle has to offer this Valentine’s Day, and showcase your love through the highest quality of food.

Entertainment

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – Theatre Royal

If you’re after a cultural evening of performance, but favour something light hearted, then The Theatre Royal has you covered. Featuring Jason Donovan in a starring role, Pricilla Queen of the Desert is heading to Newcastle over Valentine’s weekend. With a stunning selection of Olivier and Tony award-winning costumes, coupled with a huge number of musical favourites including ‘It’s Raining Men’, ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Hot Stuff’, and ‘Boogie Wonderland’, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more entertaining way of spending your Valentine’s date.

Pleased To Meet You

Once you’ve enjoyed an evening of rich food and feel like you’re bursting at the seams, it’s time to visit one of Newcastle’s coolest bars. Known as the king of all gin bars, head to Pleased To Meet You if you’re a fan of Gordon’s, Bombay or a spirit of a more exotic nature. The vast range of drinks options won’t disappoint, and the relaxed ambiance in the bar will be a fitting end to your special night.

 

If you’re looking to spend the evening, or even the weekend away celebrating Valentine’s Day in Newcastle, make sure you check us out and make a booking for stylish accommodation this coming weekend.

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Newcastle Restaurant Week Deals

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Commencing on the 27th January, NE1 Restaurant Week hits Newcastle, which means that many eateries from big name chains to popular independents are offering great deals for their customers. The promotion runs through this week, and ends on 2nd February, however to make sure you check out, take a look at our top five below if you’re in the city for a short break.

El Coto

If you’re a fan of tapas, but want to avoid the typical high street chains, El Coto offers delicious authentic home cooked food in a spacious Spanish themed location. As with any good tapas restaurant, the key is in providing a strong menu full of varying food to dip in and out of, and El Coto does just that; offering traditional favourites like chorizo to more unique dishes consisting of chickpeas and black pudding. Their offering, as part of the NE1 Restaurant Week, allows guests to enjoy any three set menu tapas with a glass of wine for just £15 per person.

Babucho

One of the most popular restaurants in Newcastle, meaning it is also one of the most commonly recommended, Babucho is a stylish Italian  restaurant and brassiere that garners rave reviews for its food, drink and overall ambiance. Not always the cheapest of dining options in the city centre, Babucho’s participation in the week of restaurant deals means you can pick any two courses from the set menu for just £15, including chicken, pork and sea bass main courses. The restaurants location is convenient between the city centre and quayside, and the stylish bar allows you to grab a drink before or after your meal.

Barluga

Located in prime position on Newcastle’s Grey Street in the midst of the best city centre bars, Barluga is a great location to head for evening food and drink. The gastro pub offers a  varied and imaginative menu, including a range of delicious modern British dishes in a unique setting. With an extensive cocktail menu and an outside terrace, head to Barluga this week to sample two or three courses from their restaurant week menu, priced at £10 and £15 respectively.

Las Iguanas

Latin restaurant and tapas bar Las Iguanas might be a chain, but the numerous stylish locations and high food standards have seen the restaurant boom in popularity to the extent that it is fully booked on most evenings and weekends. Directly across the road from Barluga, you can enjoy tapas in the spacious bar area with an assortment of Latin influenced drinks, before you head into the restaurant area to enjoy the best of Mexican, Brazilian and Cuban cuisine. Enjoy a starter, main and drink for just £10 this week.

Fat Buddha Asian Restaurant

If you’re a fan of Asian cuisine, then the stylish and modern Fat Buddha is a restaurant you simply have to visit. Offering dishes from China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, Malaysia and Hong Kong, you have ample choice to broaden your horizons and sample some of the finest tastes of Asia. Whether you’re a spice fiend, or a fan of something a little more mild, the menu offers something to suit every taste, and until 2nd February you can get two courses for £10 per person before 7:30pm or two courses for £15 after 7:30pm from the set menu. Make sure you try down a bottle of Lucky Beer, or a Fat Buddha cocktail as the perfect accompaniment to your meal.

 

Check out the full list of participants here, and determine which deals you want to take advantage of. If you’re planning a night in Newcastle, make sure you check out our website for a more luxurious end to your evening.

 

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