New Places to Eat in the North East and Perfect Summer Tipples including Beer, Gin and more
Perfect summer tipples and new places to eat and drink - here's everything you'll want to know this month
Raise a Toast
Matfen Hall have recently announced a new collaboration with Foxdenton Estate to create their very first bespoke house gin. The 1832 Matfen Gin has been carefully crafted, creating a refreshingly crisp and smooth citrus blend which mirrors a London Dry Gin, with a Northumbrian countryside twist – we can’t wait to head to one of their bars or restaurants to sample, cheers!
Following the success of their Durham and Poole gin bars, Tin of Sardines recently opened the doors to their third venue in Sunderland. The transformed Victorian building has a fabulous outdoor terrace peering over Roker’s iconic Pier, and we’re sure this will be our go-to spot this summer – especially when they’re stocking more than 200 gins and 50 types of mixers.
Whether you’re a fan of a cold pint on a sunny day, or more in favour of a G&T, when the weather is fine, here’s where to get your perfect serve this summer.
Steeped in History
This family-run business with a desire to serve pure, quality gin aims to celebrate the culture and heritage of dragon slayer folklore through their favourite drink. Their Sir John Lambton Strawberry and Mint Gin tells the tale of Sir John Lambton and the Lambton Worm and is light and refreshing, made with 11 botanicals. Its unique summery flavour with hints of refreshingly cool mint, finished off with an array of spices, is perfect for summer sipping.
Accessible craft beer is what Bishop-Auckland-based Hops and Dots Brew Co. are all about. Founded in 2018, the team here wanted to create a beer they would drink, as well as promote braille on the side of their craft beer can range – accessibility really is key. Try their seasonal, easy drinking Porterhouse 5 which combines speciality Belgian and German malts to give a smooth finish with notes of dried fruit and caramel.
Tyne Bank Brewery is now in its fifth year and has established itself as one of Newcastle’s most exciting venues. Boasting an impressive eight cask ale lines and 10 craft beer lines, the venue is open to the public Thursday to Sunday every week, and with the beer coming fresh from the source, this brewery is a great spot for a pint.
New in The Neighbourhood
From craft beer to natural wine, this new neighbourhood bar is the coolest spot in town for a cold drink after work. Find Axis under the repurposed railway arch on the Gateshead side of the High Level Bridge and sample their rotating selection of UK craft beers or order a glass from their natural wine list, curated with low-intervention wines from independent vineyards.
Looking for somewhere to enjoy summer-inspired feasts? Look no further than The Hustle who are all about seasonal menus, cocktails, summer takeovers and al fresco dining on their outdoor terrace. From charcuterie sharing boards to fresh Scottish mussels, spiced beef ragu and superfood rice bowls, there’s something for everyone here. Fancy bottomless brunch this summer? Book here to enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless gin drinks and three small plates.
Master in the Kitchen
Created by MasterChef’s Matei Baran, #PoshStreetFood at Stack Seaburn offers tantalising dishes including everything from loaded fries and steaks, to Sunday lunches and delicious desserts. His belly pork kebab is a real winner – think slow-cooked belly pork served with a sweet and sour glaze, pickled red cabbage, Asian slaw, apple chutney, fries, Bombay mix, crispy onions, chillies, coriander, sesame seeds and chilli oil.