The other night, I headed to the Bridge Brasserie restaurant in The Vermont Hotel. The venue is just incredible, right next to the Newcastle Castle. I headed there in my pretty new Smart For Four.
The views from the restaurant are just stunning. There can’t be many more in Newcastle that afford such gorgeous views of the city.
Inside the venue, it’s just beautiful. Light, sophisticated and perfect for a romantic meal.
I sampled their Couples Menu – 3 courses each from the A La Carte and a bottle of wine, for £69. A complete bargain.
I started with Wood Pigeon Salad, Pancetter, Crispy Potatoes, Pistachio Nuts and Walnut Oil Dressing. This was just perfect. I could have eaten it twice.
The boy opted for the Smoked Salmon ‘Sur La Plate’ with Watercress Salad, Brioche and Truffle Oil. His words: divine.
After such great starters, we couldn’t wait for the mains and we weren’t disappointed. The boy got the Slow Roasted Shoulder of Lamb, Crispy Polenta, Minted Green Veg with French Onion Soup. It was wonderful – in presentation and taste.
I tried the Char-grilled Lambs Liver with Saute New Potatoes, Streaky Bacon, Spinach and Red Wine Jus. Liver might not be to everyone’s taste but this was just sublime.
Though stuffed, we were still excited about the desserts. I chose the Lemon Meringe Eclair filled with Homemade Lemon Curd and the boy had the Chocolate Tart with Popcorn Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce. Both were eaten within seconds.
How is the Bridge Brasserie restaurant in The Vermont Hotel still a hidden gem?! After my visit, it’s a complete mystery. I highly recommend it.
The staff were just lovely, knowledgable, passionate and sweet. The food was just amazing and the couples menu offer – a bargain. If you’re looking for somewhere new to go – make sure you check it out. I’m already planning my return trip.
After our visit, we also popped into their new Redwood Bar – perfect for an after-dinner whisky, with rich brown leather chairs and roaring fires. Their afternoon tea is also worth checking out – in particular the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea, ideal if you think the traditional meal is a little too sweet. This rustic platter includes scotch egg, mini Vermont burger, ploughman’s, pork pie and a pint of Wylam Ale. Yum!
Visit the website and make sure you book in quick – I’m sure it’s not going to be a hidden gem for too much longer!
So where do you shop for your sportswear?! Since I’ve been a This Girl Can ambassador I’ve been checking out more and more places to shop for activewear. I’m delighted to have discovered my new favourite place for getting sporty.
The good thing about This Girl Can, is that it isn’t all about being fashion obsessed and wearing the latest looks – you can just throw on a t-shirt and old running bottoms. However, as I’ve been getting more into getting fit, I’ve realised, I do need some good outfits – for comfort and to improve my performance.
The other good thing about getting kitted out is – instant motivation! There’s nothing better than treating yourself for working out so hard than getting a new outfit. PLUS you’re instantly wanting to get out and about in them.
After discovering you can watch free pilates and yoga tutorials via youtube through my digital tv, I’ve been obsessed with working out at home and LOVE my new outfit from – wait for it…. Marks and Spencer!
I can’t stand loads of branding on my active clothing and think the most important thing is that it does the job it needs to. This is SOOO comfy and breathable and has added stretch with cool comfort technology. It’s ideal for yoga, pilates and would even work for hitting the gym. I love the material so much, I literally do a video after work and then slob out in it all evening. It’s one of those – “ooh you have to touch this fabric” outfits.
Top: Marks and Spencer*
Trousers: Marks and Spencer*
My favourite thing about it is the round cowl neck and the gorgeous tie feature at the back.
The other good thing is the price. The top and bottoms came in at only £22.50 and £25, so a bargain for this kind of quality.
If you love it as much as me, you can pick it up the top here and the bottoms here.
The colour is also fantastic, really sophisticated and good on any figure – much better than your boring black!
M&S have plenty of other sports wear with lots of great technical benefits. It’s such a hidden gem for getting your full sports kit. View their full range here.
Thanks for reading and ciao for now!