I love writing travel diaries after mini-breaks that I have had, to not only share my photos and memories, but also having everything in one place so I can look back on them. My travel posts are probably the posts that I read back the most frequently because they are always filled with such happy memories. This mini break is no exception, as although we were only away for just over 24 hours, it was amazing and I had the best time. This post is delayed because of other scheduling I had to do before, but going to Newcastle was actually a birthday surprise from my boyfriend for me as my present, which was so kind of him to organise it all.
We went to Newcastle last summer (click here for the post) so I was so excited to go back. However, I didn’t know we were going until the day before- it was a complete surprise to me for my birthday!
We set off pretty early and arrived in Newcastle about lunchtime. After a quick bite to eat, we headed straight to Mr Mulligan crazy golf, which is in the centre of Newcastle and close to Eldon square. I absolutely love Junkyard golf club and this is a very similar concept. The courses are spaced themed, and it was a perfect date activity to have a bit of fun and also to get out of the rain. I loved it! I would definitely recommend going to an indoor crazy golf course, they are becoming so popular at the moment and I think there is one in most cities now.
After that, we headed back to the hotel, which was super close to millennium bridge and the quayside area. I was further surprised to walk in my hotel room to balloons, banners and a huge bunch of flowers that had been put there… which I didn’t deserve at all! John organised everything and it all went so smoothly and I was surprised so many times. We spent a few hours chilling in the hotel room and getting ready for the evening. I won’t talk about my outfit because there is a whole outfit diary post coming soon talking through all of the outfits I wore during my birthday week, so look out for that if you like my fashion content!
We then headed to pitcher and piano on the Newcastle quayside for a night of good food, good cocktails and good company. I had never been to pitcher and piano before but I would definitely recommend it, the food was gorgeous and the view overlooking the Newcastle quayside and millennium bridge is just stunning. They also have a rooftop terrace but we didn’t get to go onto it due to the classic British weather that we had throughout the trip! After pitcher and piano we walked down the street to Slug and Lettuce (also on the Newcastle quayside) for a few more cocktails. It was a really chilled night and I loved it.
The next morning we had a bit of a lie in, and once we were up and ready we went out for brunch. I love brunch so much so I’m so glad we got to try another little cafe in Newcastle. This was one of the highlights of my trip, as the cafe was so cute and the food tasted amazing too. It is called ‘Quay ingredient’ and it is just behind the quayside. Very central location and I would definitely recommend it if you want a cosy brunch location in Newcastle. I had the French toast and would 100% have it again.
After Quay ingredient we headed up to my main treat, which was a visit to the dog and scone. If you have seen this post, you will know that I went back in September and I absolutely love it, so I was so excited to go again. If you know me you know just how much I love sausage dogs and the dog and scone in Newcastle is home to a mini dachshund called Noodle, who just melts my heart. It was the cutest hour filled with puppy cuddles (I got to hold a pug like a baby and my heart exploded) and I would recommend it to any dog lover visiting Newcastle.
And that was my little trip to Newcastle! It was quick but it was amazing, and I loved everything we did. Newcastle is such a nice city and one that I would recommend for a mini break if you are wanting a city to visit in the UK. So many things that you can do there! As always thank you so much for reading this, I love writing these travel posts so I’m glad this surprise one happened….and there will be more to come this summer!