The Hottest Foodie News You Need to Know About This Month
From award-winning cocktail bars to new places to dine, there's lots going on across the North East and Yorkshire
Step inside Tickets, Newcastle’s latest cocktail bar which brings a new lease of life to The Old Ticket Office on Neville Street. The Victorian building has been transformed with interiors reflecting the history of the railway, and on the menu you’ll find themed cocktails such as Toon Iced Tea inspired by Newcastle Brown Ale.
Pretty in Pink
Award-winning cocktail bar Mother Mercy have recently taken over what was Decantus on Grey Street, opening Café Mercy. Continuing their signature pink theme, the cocktail and spritz café is serving Mother Mercy’s speciality cocktails alongside seasonal specials – we love the Marshmallow Fizz made with local Hepple sloe and hawthorne gin, rhubarb, rose lemonade and topped with a toasted marshmallow. Check out our review here.
More the Merrier
Martino Lounge is a new casual café and bar which has opened in the heart of Morpeth. Open every day for breakfast, brunch and lunch, as well as relaxed dinner and drinks, be sure to check it out. Expect burgers, flatbreads and sandwiches, alongside mains such as carbonara, chilli and steak frites, plus they serve tapas boards where you can pick three small plates of your choice. Stopping for a tipple? You’re in luck as Martino Lounge hold happy hours during the week.
The Spice iS Right
Warm up this winter with flavours from the streets of Delhi, thanks to multi award-winning Indian street food purveyors My Delhi. Following the success of their restaurants, the team have launched their own home recipe kits so you can now enjoy their delicious butter masala, chettinad madras, tandoori spice rub and onion bhajis from your own kitchen. The kits include spice mixes which have been freshly ground and roasted by their expert chefs, and can be ordered from their website.
Taste and Tranquility
Named after the German word for peace and tranquility, Ruhe is a new healthy café in Roker Park brought to you by Hannah Jackson, who owns the popular Flamingo Café, and manager Joanne Woods. Serving coffee, brunch and lunch, expect to find eggs Benedict, loaded focaccia sandwiches and tasty rainbow superfood bowls at this dog-friendly café. Want to take away? They have a special side hatch perfect for grab-and-go coffee.
Get a taste of Hartlepool with a new gin, Monkey Hanger, which has launched in celebration of the legend of the Hartlepool Monkey. Hartlepool native Amelia Pearce originally started the business in the US but has launched Monkey Hanger in the UK, creating the small batch gin just a stone’s throw from Hartlepool. Made using only natural botanicals, fruits, herbs and spices, the dry gin replaces the traditional coriander seed with orris root, and reduces the juniper to achieve a fresh profile, balanced with elderflower, liquorice and saffron. Head to their website to find out more.
Nice And Cheesy
The Cheese Bar London have partnered with Yorkshire’s The Courtyard Dairy to bring a new cheese restaurant to Yorkshire. Offering seasonal British cheese-topped pizzas, cheese boards and baked cheeses, Rhind will be opening its doors near Settle this month. As well as a delicious menu which revolves around the wood-fired oven, there will be a carefully chosen wine list from neighbouring wine experts Buon Vino, so watch this space.
Showcasing five delicious cuisines from India’s coastlines, Ma-hé in Leeds offers tastes of Kerala, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. As well as a boutique bar, specialist cocktails and soulful cooking, expect fresh flavours across their range menu. We’d order the chicken 65 varuval (chicken coated in red chillies, tossed in yoghurt and curry leaves), followed by the spicy crab and coconut curry.
The Spice Is Right
Famous For Their Delicious Indian Street Food, Mowgli Have Opened Their Latest Restaurant In Beverley. Mowgli Gives You A Taste Of Fresh, Bright And Intensely Flavoured Food Offering Authentic Indian Dishes – Try The Yoghurt Chat Bombs And The Treacle Tamarind Fries, Followed By Mother Butter Chicken Tikka Masala.
Keighley-based Noble Spring have launched a range of alcoholic spirits, including a smooth vodka and gin. Using a rare form of mineral water that takes more than 100 years to trickle down through the Yorkshire Moors, their London Dry Gin blends 13 of the finest botanics giving flavours of fresh berries and citrus aromas. Their vodka, also made with their natural mineral water, is the perfect base for cocktail making or can be enjoyed with a simple tonic.
Best Of Brunch
Serving fresh juice, smoothies and delicious coffee, popular York café Drift-In have opened their second venue on Clifford Street. Head to this cosy café and try the huevos rancheros if you’re visiting for breakfast, or order the ‘nduja-topped toast with a fried egg, avocado, feta and sesame seeds for something with a bit of heat. You’ll also find yummy cakes and pastries on the counter.