Appetite’s new Girl About Toon

I love the North East’s food and drink scene, and after starting Geordie Scran in 2018 with a picture of a lonely eggs benedict in Blakes, I’m ecstatic to be sharing my passion for independent businesses and producers beyond a 4:5 frame on Instagram. 

A highlight of the whole of 2023, not just the last few weeks, was the reopening of St Vincent. Part of Terry Laybourne’s 21 empire, the Quayside wine bar and restaurant closed in the pandemic and I’m happy to report the wait for its return was well worth it after I enjoyed a multiple-course feast and adventured through the delicious wine selection – all recommended by the expert team. From cheese and charcuterie to delicate seafood and delicious twists on comfort food, the Franco/Italian menu has something for everyone.

It’s also been great to see Thali Tray continue its success after swapping Arch 6 in Ouseburn for Bealim House. The relaunched brunch menu is a must if you’re a fan of Indian street food and want an alternative to eggs on toast.

Meanwhile, cocktail bar Mother Mercy has played host to a line-up of critically acclaimed bar takeovers. Since opening in Cloth Market in 2019, and featuring in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars published by William Reed, they’ve welcomed teams from the likes of Schofield’s Bar in Manchester and Satan’s Whiskers in London. These takeovers are an excellent opportunity for any cocktail connoisseur to sample some of the best drinks in the UK, right here in Newcastle. Sister venue Café Mercy on Grey Street is brilliant too – a perfect spot to retreat from the chaos.


Laura Middleton – AKA Geordie Scran on Instagram – shares her food experiences from Newcastle and beyond.
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