Friday, 15 December 2017

Staying in, exploring local, splashing out - Date ideas in Newcastle for December 2017

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Long-time readers will know that Steve and I always try and prioritise time together every month - sometimes this might just be a nice meal at home and other times we'll splash out on a night out or even a hotel stay. I really am a strong believer that couples who play together stay together and always look forward to our date nights whatever they may be. I'm going to share a few recommendations every month for new places to visit with your other half or even your friends. Get those babysitters booked in now :-) 

Staying in 

December is THE month for going out but it's also the perfect time to stay in with your loved ones, order a takeaway or cook some nice food and snuggle up on the sofa. This weekend we're planning a Christmas movie night on Saturday. We'll be watching A Muppet's Christmas Carol, treating ourselves to some fancy popcorn and a bottle of my favourite English Sparkling Wine from M&S. Check out this post for Mrs Mulled Wine featuring 24 Christmas Movies to watch in December. 

Exploring local 

If you're looking for somewhere with twinkly lights and Christmas cocktails or mulled wine I can highly recommend Hadrian's Tipi, The Botanist Roof Terrace and Tiger Hornsby on the Quayside. All of these bars are guaranteed to put you in the mood for Christmas! 

Newcastle's very own Sangria bar has opened this month and I highly recommend popping in if you fancy something a little different - especially on a Friday and Saturday night when there's live music, salsa and a party atmosphere. You'll find the bar in Tapas Revolution at intu Eldon Square (enter via Blackett Street) and you can sample one of five types of Sangria and a variety of Gins. Look out for special offers too. 

This month we finally got around to trying The French Quarter - it's a lovely little French restaurant in the railway arches next to The Herb Garden in Newcastle City Centre. If you're a fan of French food you'll be in heaven - there's a fantastic value lunch menu that's worth checking out. If you're not usually keen on French food I honestly still recommend popping in. We tried the cured meats and cheese sharing boards with tomato bread and a flight of red wines. Nowhere really offers this in Newcastle at such a good price (around £20 per head for wine and food) and the staff were all super friendly too. It's perfectly located if you're travelling into town via train.

Splashing out

My number one recommendation for splashing out this month has to be the Malmaison. I received so many comments after posting a photo of this breakfast in bed after my birthday stay there:

Newcastle Malmaison (and Malmaison in general actually) have some fantastic deals and offers running at the moment. Their hotels are always well-located, packed with treats and have super comfy beds. My top picks include:

Let me know if you have any plans for a special date night or have visited anywhere new this month.

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