Movenpick Boutique Metrocentre

In the heat of the summer, there’s only a few things that can truly cool us down but also satisfy our taste buds in the process. One of those being the beloved ice cream, it’s by far my favourite food and I could eat it daily (and sometimes do). Which is why I was so excited when I was invited along to an ice cream tasting session at Movenpick Boutique in Intu Metrocentre. It was a dream come true for me and I practically jumped at the chance to spend the morning eating ice cream. Yeah that’s right, morning. It’s never too early for ice cream.

Set in a lovely boutique-style unit in the heart of the Cube in the Metrocentre, Movenpick is definitely the on the luxe spectrum of ice cream and desserts. They offer a range of different ice creams, sorbets, desserts and coffees. Including chocolate fondue, pancakes, crepes and waffles. Honestly, I was in heaven.

At the start of the tasting session, Macara and I were blindfolded and asked to identify some flavours purely from their smell. Caramel, cinnamon, pistachio and strawberries were a few. This task was so Ellen could identify which flavours we may enjoy and ones we may not, judging by how we react to the smell. It was interesting to learn a little bit more about the ice cream and flavours at this point. No surprise my favourite was White Chocolate and Caramel. Ellen then made us each a sundae that she thought we would enjoy and we got to enjoy a taste of an ice cream of our choice. Macara and I ate so much ice cream that day, we really did try almost every flavour.

Carmelita Ice Cream

Strawberry Sundae

Waffle Cone with Raspberry Sorbet and Strawberry Ice Cream

My favourite flavours out of the ones I tried were the White Chocolate, Caramelita, Raspberry Sorbet, Espresso and Creme Brulee. There are so many choices to choose from, there’s a flavour for everyone. All cones are made fresh in store on the day, the quality is outstanding. I’m already counting down until I can go back and get another scoop of the Sorbet! On a hot summers day like today, it really is refreshing.

If you’re in the area and have a sudden lust for ice cream, Movenpick have you covered.

I’d like to give a special shoutout to all of the staff that work there, they’re all so friendly and lovely. I had a wonderful few hours with them and they made me feel so welcome – thank you for inviting me along.

See you all soon x

Afternoon Tea at The Joinery | Burnopfield, Newcastle Upon Tyne

It happened, I had my first Afternoon Tea. Yeah I know, it’s taken me 21 years to finally try one of the most insta-worthy experiences. It was worth the wait though, believe me!

I visited The Joinery, a gorgeous but rather small tearoom in Newcastle Upon Tyne and I was booked in to try one of their Afternoon Tea’s. The tearoom is a beautiful place, full of light and swoon-worthy decor. I was in love pretty much as soon as I walked through the door!

I took my Mum along with me as it was her birthday and we decided to celebrate it there, since she didn’t want anything too elaborate or fussy, it was a lovely low-key celebration for her and she had a wonderful day.

Starting off with tea – naturally and unlimited pots, it was just what we needed after a busy and early morning. Tea always tastes better from a pot, doesn’t it? Served in an owl teapot and floral cup and saucers, it was certainly Instagram worthy! Not to mention the tea was wonderful, I rarely drink it at home because it just never tastes as good.

We started with sandwiches, I wanted to dive straight into the cake but I had to stop myself. The sandwiches were Ham and Peas Pudding, Tuna and Cucumber, Cheese Savoury, Egg and Cress. Very traditional sandwich flavours and something for everyone.

Adorned with fruit scones, chocolate dipped strawberries, lemon cake, chocolate flapjacks and macaroons, this Afternoon Tea was a sweet tooth’s dream.

This Afternoon Tea was fit for two, and then some. We took the rest home and enjoyed it with another cup of tea the next day.

One thing that really stood out to me about The Joinery is the woodwork involved, everything there was more or less for sale and made from scratch. The tables were lovely and high quality. I know that’s a bit of an odd thing to comment on but it’s really irritating sat at a cheap, flimsy table that you feel will make you spill your coffee any second.

A huge thank you to the Joinery for inviting me along to try their delightful Afternoon Tea. It was a wonderful way to celebrate my Mum’s birthday and a lovely gem close to Newcastle.

Red’s True BBQ Newcastle | Where To Eat in Newcastle Eldon Square

It’s about time that Newcastle got a decent place to consume various forms of meat other than Longhorns (Sorry, Longhorns, you just don’t do it for me…) that have a cocktail menu and focus on slow cooked meats. I jumped at the chance to review Red’s and I shot them over an email asking if I could come along and tell you all what I thought.

As soon as we arrived and walked in, we didn’t expect it to be what it was! It was huge, extending right to the back with another entrance out to the Grainger Market. With a huge bar, open kitchen and authentic American decor, I really loved the ambience of the place. The music they played was great, it went from Dolly Parton to my favourites… Foo Fighters. The music was a little loud, and my Mum isn’t really a fan of a lot of the music played there as some of it was quite heavy classic rock, it’s not a restaurant you’d go to have a relaxing meal at but rather some good food and drinks. It’s very much meat, alcohol and rock music. For me, I love that but just be wary if you’re taking someone who isn’t into that sort of thing, although I think the food is enough to get them to forget!

Red’s kindly provided my Mum and I with £50 to play about with and try the menu. We decided to order a cocktail each and try them out as they were keen for me to try them. A year ago I wouldn’t dream of drinking with my meal, but now? Yes please.

Rum Punch – 6.95Havana 3yr, Koko Kanu, grenadine, lime, pineapple, orange and Ting.

Strawberry Daiquiri – 6.95. A guilty pleasure perhaps? Havana Club, fraise, strawberries, and lime.

The drinks menu is extensive with lots to choose from. A healthy cocktail menu, milkshakes, virgin cocktails, ciders and obviously, plenty of IPA’s. My brother in law would love this place. Rebecca, if you’re reading this – take note. Now I get to find out if she really does read my blog 😉. Both very happy with our drinks choices, we ordered our mains.

I love the fact that Red’s had a BBQ sauce station where you went and picked your own. I tried two of them and although they were so tasty, I wish they were a little thicker! My favourite was the Judas Ketchup.

Now you’ll know if you’ve read my blog before that I should be a contender for World’s Smallest Eater. Seriously, it’s mad how little I manage to eat, so places like Red’s usually intimidate me as it’s usually about the quantity of food served and I end up having to explain that no, I didn’t hate the food, I just couldn’t finish it.

At Red’s I don’t feel as though the portions were huge, I ordered the Red’s Pulled Pork & Slaw (9.95) which is Red’s Pulled Pork and buttermilk slaw with apple sauce, cracklings and a Pickleback crust. I got two sides with this so I opted for Onion rings and Sweet Potato Cornbread. I’d never had cornbread before and although I really enjoyed it, I think personally it’s better suited to a cup of tea. Too sweet for my own tastes to go with a main meal.  That said, it was really good and moist. The onion rings were crispy and I loved them, with just enough oil left on them.

As for the pulled pork? I have to be honest, I wish it was a little more moist. It was delicious, soft and fell apart with the fork but I just wish it had a little more flavour. I think I had expectations of it being a bit more BBQ-y. With sauce however it was purely the pork. Loved the slaw! If I were to go to Red’s again, I think I would go for either a burger or chicken. Maybe trying different sides (BBQ pit beans sound amazing, I’m kind of kicking myself for not trying them!)

As for my mum, she ordered the Sticky Chicken – 12.95 which is 1/2 an oak-smoked chicken, with Unholy BBQ sauce. As for sides, she ordered fries and buttermilk slaw. She said it was the best chicken she’d ever had in the UK. Big statement for her as she can be pretty hard to please sometimes, especially at places like this as it isn’t really her thing. But she really enjoyed this meal, which made me happy because who doesn’t like making their Mam happy? I tried her chicken and it was REALLY good. I throughly enjoyed the little taste I had.

Our server was from Ireland so we were talking for a while about life in Ireland and discussing my Irish heritage, she was super friendly and we chatted for a long time which was so nice. The service was wonderful and I hope if I ever go back again, I’m served by her! (I wish I could remember her name, but I forget my own sometimes…) She suggested we try the Red’s Classic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake – 4.95. I’m not a huge fan of peanut butter so I wasn’t too convinced I’d enjoy this… but I tell you. This is a dessert I’d go back for. I really loved it. Rich, creamy and perfectly balanced with the buttery biscuit base (ten points if you get the reference…) 
By the way, our bill came to less than £50… perfect!
Service 5/5
Food 3.5/5
Drinks 4/5 
A huge thank you to Red’s for inviting me down, I’ll be back to try the Lunch menu which is on Monday-Friday, 12-4pm. A main from the menu plus a bottomless drink and skin-on fries –  £9.95.