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Posted on: Jul 28, 2014,  Categories: Food, Lifestyle & Events

I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting a meal in a casino to be very good. I mean, it’s a restaurant, inside a casino right? However, last Saturday night I headed into Freya’s Restaurant – voted one of the best restaurants in Newcastle on Tripadvisor, to find out what everyone is talking about.

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

Freya’s restaurant is tucked away within Asper’s Casino, in The Gate, Newcastle and has recently been highlighted as one of Newcastle’s best hidden restaurants. The Gate has a lot of top branded eateries from Handmade Burger Co, Coast to Coast to the recently opened ZaZa Bazaar so it’s easy for the casino’s restaurant to be overlooked.

It was NE1′s Newcastle Cocktail Week, the day we dined so what an excuse to order some cocktails with our food and the restaurant did not disappoint. As part of NE1′s Cocktail Week, the restaurant took part with cocktails for £3, £5 and £7 for one week only. We sampled June Bug & Sex on the Beach, which were a bargain price of £3. Impressive (and tasty!)

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate cocktail week

For starters, I opted for Rare Beef Salad - chargrilled rump steak and mozzarella drizzled with a mustard dressing and the boy went for the Smoked Salmon & Crab Salad with homemade pickled cucumber and fresh herbs. I was hugely impressed when they came out – the presentation was great and mine was just sublime. I don’t often go for salads as they lack taste sometimes but this was just moreish!

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

For our mains, the boy chose Rump Steak with twice cooked chips on the suggestion of our lovely waitress and I went for the Braised Belly Pork served with garlic mashed potato, mushroom spring roll and apple and ginger puree. It was DELICIOUS. I’m not sure the mushroom spring roll went well with it – as tasty as it was but the belly pork was perfectly crispy and tender at the same time.

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

Finally as stuffed as we were, we just couldn’t resist dessert and I’m so glad we went for it. I love Creme Brûlée and I wasn’t disappointed by their homemade Vanilla version served with their own shortbread. My other half enjoyed his Lemon Posset with an Italian Meringue topping. Warning, looking at the following images may result in drooling…

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

aspers casino newcastle freyas restaurant the gate

The result was – I’ll definitely be heading back. If you haven’t tried this restaurant yet, I suggest heading in quick before word fully gets round and their spaces fill up fast.


Posted on: Jul 24, 2014,  Categories: Lifestyle & Events

Theatre Royal NewcastleAnother week, another play at the Theatre Royal Newcastle – this year their programme is even more outstanding than usual. I never used to be a theatre fan since I moved to Newcastle and now I find I go as much as I possibly can.

This week, Grease is the word in the Toon. I found out that it was a part of the theatre’s programme a little while ago and thought the production would be a great excuse to also see it up on the big screen at NE1′s Monument Movies. A great chance to see the original AND a new production at the theatre. Eat your heart out Frankie!

Cast Rehearsal 1 Grease Newcastle Theatre Royal

The play itself is by the Newcastle upon Tyne Musical Theatre Company, an amateur production company. The show is a lot of fun, with some great performances – my favourite being Jojo Hattfield as Rizzo. What I loved about the show is the incredible costumes, the great set (Marnie’s room is like a fold out Barbie house!) and the fact that it doesn’t rest on its laurels. Instead of sticking to the same format, the show selects some of the less well known songs, such as Those Magic Changes, so it’s not like seeing a rehash of a classic movie but something with its own heart. I adore some of these songs so I was more than happy with these musical numbers. Although don’t worry if you’re not, as it still has all those classic Grease songs you all know and love! 

Pink Ladies Cast Rehearsal 1 Grease Newcastle Theatre Royal

If you’re a Pink Lady or a T-bird and you fancy a bit of a sing-a-long, clap your hands, fun, Greased Lightnin’ kind of show then it’s on for the rest of the week with the last show on Saturday – so make sure you catch it whilst you can! PLUS tickets start from only £9 so it’s a bargain price for a night out at the theatre! Find out more here.