If you’ve been following me on social media, you might have noticed that I’ve been doing a little bit of travel with work recently. I’ve been able to have a quick look around a few different places in England and even had time for a bit more exploring in some of them. One such place was Newcastle. Obviously, I spend a lot of time in Newcastle (since its one of my fave cities in the UK) but that didn’t mean that I was any less excited to be there!
So that we could have a proper mooch, Sam and I even decided to get a hotel room so that we didn’t have to worry about catching the last train and could make the most out of our visit. We stayed at Motel One, which I first heard about on New Girl in Toon. Her photos looked gorgeous and once I saw how affordable it was, we went ahead and booked it. I would definitely stay in Motel One again, especially since they have venues all over. The room may not be the biggest but it was clean, comfortable and had everything we needed for a quick trip to the city. Add really helpful staff and a central location to the mix and I am sold.
While I was in Newcastle, I also headed back to Olive and Bean, which I first reviewed here. While I really enjoyed my ‘tapas’ platter and coffee, I don’t think my mum was the biggest fan of her sandwich. It was also really busy which meant that the service wasn’t quite up to its usual standard that day. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to write it off as a bad day and go back again soon but I have to admit it was a little disappointing, especially since I usually recommend it to folks who are visiting Newcastle.
I also got a chance to go back to one of my new favourite coffee shops in town. Laneway is tucked away – not from Motel One actually – and serves seriously good coffee. I’ve only been twice but its definitely made it to my list of favourite places to go when I’m in Newcastle. Next time I go, I’m determined to try some of their food too!
Of course I made sure to check out the sights too. This time I made an effort to go and have a look at the Baltic and almost went to the castle (though I couldn’t quite justify paying entrance fees for the short amount of time I would get to be in there for).
The best part about my recent trip to Newcastle though? I finally got to meet the lovely Steph from A Little But A Lot, where we chatted books, teaching and coffee. Hopefully when I’m back in the north east we can make those chats more of a regular occasion, though I’m sure we’ll keep nattering on Twitter until then!