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Old August 13th, 2017, 01:37 PM   #5481
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Didn't get a photo, but there's some boarding up outside the property to the right of The Hotspur that was discussed on here a little while back.

Anyone know if this means there's work finally starting on the plans for a restaurant put forward by Michigan Foods, or is it something else?
This was as of June

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Had a haircut today and chatted to the staff - originally they were in the above building but turfed out. They told me that things were going great guns then as the kitchen was being installed everything stopped.

It's 18 months after the scheduled opening and no sign of any work.

Website is still live but not updated, company not closed at companies house but... sole owner has registered a second company with a similar name [Michigan Ltd vs Michigan foods Ltd] at about the same time the work stopped.
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Still appear to be 'live' on Twitter, last posting to their feed was 30 May 2017. Twitter account indicates an opening in 'late 2017' - fingers crossed that something opens up in that space.
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I'm never quite sure if something has already been mentioned or even if it is in the right section!, but a takeaway place has opened up on the ticket machine level in the Monument Metro, where the newsagents used to be, with two coffee machines, slush, milk shakes, hot dogs and I'm not sure what else, some kind of hot foods
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Northumberland seafood restaurateurs open new eatery La Famiglia

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Northumberland seafood restaurateurs open new eatery La Famiglia
By Coreena Ford 15 August 2017


Martin Charlton and Ruth Charlton in La Famiglia, Amble (Image: Dee Chaneva)

A Northumberland food group has expanded its portfolio with the opening of an Italian eatery, creating new jobs in the process.

The Old Boat House Food Group, which runs a series of successful Northumberland restaurants including Blyth Boathouse and The Old Boat House Amble, have opened La Famiglia in the former Pride of Northumbria premises on Queen Street .

La Famiglia, which is set to offer authentic Italian dishes with a Northumberland twist, follows the recent success of The Old Boat House Amble being named as Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year in the 2017 Fishing News Awards. It has also been nominated as Seafood Restaurant of the Year by The Caterer, which has spurred the group to diversify their portfolio with La Famiglia..

Owner Martin Charlton said: “The Old Boat House Food Group is founded on excellent quality and La Famiglia will be no exception. Our guests can expect a warm welcome, great food and a really memorable dining experience.”

The family run group, which formed in 2014, hopes that by creating new jobs they can further demonstrate their commitment to creating opportunities for young people in Northumberland.

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Old August 15th, 2017, 07:55 PM   #5484
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Didn't get a photo, but there's some boarding up outside the property to the right of The Hotspur that was discussed on here a little while back.

Anyone know if this means there's work finally starting on the plans for a restaurant put forward by Michigan Foods, or is it something else?
Chron article and details of the now granted planning application @ http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4172

Took these photographs this morning, 15th August 2017, nothing on the hoardings giving any information.




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Old August 16th, 2017, 10:43 AM   #5485
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The French Quarter: Were we impressed by Newcastle's newest wine bar and bistro?

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The French Quarter: Were we impressed by Newcastle's newest wine bar and bistro?
By Hannah Graham 15 Augus5t 2017


The French Quarter on Westgate Road

Newly opened in the railway arches on Westgate Road, The French Quarter promises to offer ‘informal dining’ with tapas-style small dishes, and a wide selection of wines.

Inside, it looks stylish and clean, the wines themselves taking pride of place in the decoration and a few quirky touches - a rather sweet, distinctly French-looking bicycle - stopping it from being bare or clinical. t’s easy to imagine settling in at the bar, or any of the small tables, for a long night sipping good wine - but did it live up to expectations?

So how was the food?
We started with a planche of charcuterie and cheeses. Beautifully presented, it would make a perfect side plate if you just wanted a small bite with your drinks, as well as a good starter. A few items stood out: soft goats cheese started off mild, but packed an earthy punch after a few bites, thin strips of cured ham and bright little gherkins joined a really excellent, pungent sausage. I couldn’t resist a baked Camembert: we joyfully spooning up the warm, gooey cheese with fresh, crisp croutons couldn’t fail to be enjoyable.

Mussels, in a marinière sauce, were as good as I’ve had, creamy with a powerful kick of garlic, but not over-salty, as the dish can sometimes become. With these, we ate dauphinoise potato. The simple dish - little more than creme fraiche and potatoes - was elevated to a thing of pure beauty, perfect in its texture and rich, comforting flavour. Subric - a sort of potato croquette with generous chunks of cured ham - were piping hot, crisp outside and fluffy within.

The best choice of the evening was perhaps the confit duck, a whole leg offered a huge portion of tender meat which fell of the bone, and tasted wonderful drizzle in the dark, unctuous orange sauce. It’s often difficult to decide how much to order at a place where small dishes like this are offered. I’d say these plates aren’t huge - but you could probably easily fill up with just two each. We ended on tarte tatin, which was sweet and gentle, the puff pastry soft and not too crumbly.

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Old August 18th, 2017, 01:39 PM   #5486
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Colmans Seafood Temple boasts great views but what is Secret Diner's view of the food?

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Colmans Seafood Temple boasts great views but what is Secret Diner's view of the food?
18 August 2017 Secret Diner


Grilled lobster at Colmans Seafood Temple (Image: [email protected])

The menu is not radically dissimilar from the Colmans mothership on Ocean Road. Fried fish and chips is at the heart of things and seemed to be dominating the orders leaving the kitchen. However, there’s a good deal else besides, and along with a friend visiting from the North West, where the fish and chips are mostly rubbish – her words, not mine (she’s a Scouser) – we set about it.

Mrs Diner, apparently feeling the need for a little regression therapy, ordered scampi and chips. The langoustine tails were just under-fried, resulting in a slight clagginess to the batter closest to them. However, the accompanying chips were superb. Colmans doesn’t go down the beef dripping route, which is controversial, but the lack of flavour in the frying medium – they use a neutral vegetable oil – does mean you can really taste the spud. They looked a little pale on first glance but there were crispy bits to enjoy. There’s just something tremendously satisfying about them, and they’re not so greasy as to leave you feeling like you need a hot shower immediately afterwards. A fine example of the fryer’s art. As was the haddock that our friend chose and which, I’m happy to say, was bang on form. A golden-crisp covering gave way to steaming white flesh that was moist, yielding and ozoney-fresh. In a word – perfect.

I pushed the boat out and tried their lobster, the harvesting of which had required an actual boat to be pushed out, from just down the coast in Sunderland. The beast could have done with more draining after cooking – piercing the claws released a fair gush of water which rendered the garlic butter it sat in pointless – but the clawmeat in particular was sensational. Summer is the time to eat lobster and at £25 for a whole one, including chips and salad, Colmans’ is a reasonably priced luxury.

Service was full of warmth and charm and was pretty clued up, aside from one moment of comedy when I asked where the lobster had come from. The waiter pointed out of the window and said: “The sea”. I deserved that.

My one major gripe is that for a place called a seafood temple, there are some glaring omissions on the menu. Where are the turbot, plaice or sole? Why no crab or cockles? What became of the gurnard or the mullet? Most damningly, given how plentiful it is in the summer, why no mackerel? Perhaps the menu will move away from the more obvious species in due course. Perhaps it won’t. Either way, with good fish being served in front of a wraparound panorama of the depths whence it came, I’m sure this temple will pack in new converts and true believers alike.

Secret Diner’s verdict (out of 5 stars)
Food ✪✪✪✪
Ambience ✪✪✪✪✪
Service ✪✪✪✪

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Old August 18th, 2017, 03:58 PM   #5487
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Camber Coffee in Start Fitness

Paid a visit today.
Upstairs where the bikes are sold. Very nice spacious high ceilinged room with multi views over Grainger Street.
Cycling pictures on the walls.
Good friendly staff. They sell light bites and sandwiches. Nice ambience. They offer a loyalty card so will visit again.
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Shilling, 17 Sandhill Quayside

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Well here's a further example of the mess and extra work that the Kittiwake's are creating for business's around Sandhill.

Photographed this employee of Shilling pressure hosing the bird excreta from the front of the resturant, 11th July 2017.

The business have a planning application in for a pavement cafe, so assume this will operate only outside of the Kittiwake breeding season.




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2017/1001/01/DET | Change of use of part of public highway to pavement cafe (Class A4) | Pavement To Front Of Shilling 17 Sandhill Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3AF
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Alternative Reference PP-06176537
Application Received Mon 26 Jun 2017
Application Validated Tue 04 Jul 2017
Address Pavement To Front Of Shilling 17 Sandhill Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3AF
Proposal Change of use of part of public highway to pavement cafe (Class A4)
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https://publicaccessapplications.new...=OS57J1BSJDE00
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Sloe Gin Hair And Beauty, 8 Holly Avenue West, Jesmond

17/00432/TMPCU | Notification of temporary change of use from retail (Class A1) to restaurants and cafes (Class A3) | Sloe Gin Hair And Beauty 8 Holly Avenue West Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AR
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Application Received Thu 17 Aug 2017
Application Validated Mon 21 Aug 2017
Address Sloe Gin Hair And Beauty 8 Holly Avenue West Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AR
Proposal Notification of temporary change of use from retail (Class A1) to restaurants and cafes (Class A3)
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Old August 21st, 2017, 06:03 PM   #5490
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Swiss Cottage 86-92 Grainger Street

2017/1252/01/DET | Change of use of part of ground floor from retail floor space (Class A1) to bar and restaurant (Class A3/A4) including installation of mezzanine floor kitchen area, new shopfront to Bigg Market Elevation with awnings, new structural opening to form a fire escape and erection of extraction duct to side elevation | 86-92 Grainger Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JQ
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Application Received Fri 28 Jul 2017
Application Validated Wed 16 Aug 2017
Address 86-92 Grainger Street Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5JQ
Proposal Change of use of part of ground floor from retail floor space (Class A1) to bar and restaurant (Class A3/A4) including installation of mezzanine floor kitchen area, new shopfront to Bigg Market Elevation with awnings, new structural opening to form a fire escape and erection of extraction duct to side elevation
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https://publicaccessapplications.new...=OTT5UIBSKHX00

This is the floor space of TJ Hughes which has its entrance/exit on Bigg Market. Previously discussed on the forum when there were plans to turn that part into a 24 hourgym - see http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=9963

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The document below outlines the proposal for an A3/A4 unit to be situated on the lower ground floor of TG Hughes on Newcastle’s Bigg market. It is proposed that this new venue becomes a high level operation which looks to operate from Breakfast through the evening. The offer will be both food and wet led with a kitchen on a new mezzanine and the main bar on the ground floor. The main public area is on the ground floor with toilets situated on the mezzanine. Between 150 and 180 covers will be proposed on the ground floor interior and pavement cafe area subject to licensing approval.

In February 2015 the business improvement district company for Newcastle city centre (NE1) received initial support of £202,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Approximately £2.9M of combined funding is expected to be used to reinvigorate the Bigg Market by recreating the historic area in a commercially sustainable manner with soft landscaping and public spaces. This work looks to be complete by Spring of 2018.

The introduction of this new venue will enhance the area, create jobs and develop a sustainable business. The design takes into consideration local and national planning policies to ensure that the scheme is delivered to the highest possible quality. It also looks to compliment the regeneration scheme which is investing into the surrounding areas. This part of the building in which TJ Hughes are looking to proportion to this scheme is not listed but is surrounded by listed buildings and is within a conservation area.

This proposal looks at a new shop front design including awnings, signage and new glazing, and the side elevation which has kitchen extract and a fire escape applied.

The main entrance in the Bigg market will have a new shop front, replacing the dated aluminium glazing system and removing the intrusive bulkhead behind the glazing. A whole new signage scheme is proposed in line with new branding. Full height glazing will enhance vertical emphasis. The glazing system is mechanical and does allow for a full open frontage at times of good weather which makes for a unique and creative design. Traditional awnings will cover a proposed pavement cafe this is to promote coffee and alfresco style dining.

The interior will have a mezzanine erected at the rear. This will house public toilets and a new kitchen. Extract for the kitchen will be applied to the external of the building and rise 1meter above the line of the building.
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Future of Newcastle restaurant Longhorns in doubt after landlord files winding up order

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Future of Newcastle restaurant Longhorns in doubt after landlord files winding up order
By Jonathon Manning 22 August 2017


Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse

The future of trendy Newcastle restaurant Longhorns BBQ Smokehouse has been thrown into doubt after a petition to wind up the business was filed against it.

The petition was filed by Zara Commercial Limited, which is understood to be the landlord of Longhorns’ former restaurant in Jesmond.

The branch closed in March at around the same time as the business lost a contract to serve food at five kitchens in Head of Steam pubs. After the closure, Longhorns was left with only one restaurant on Newcastle’s Mosley Street.

Now, the future of business as a whole could be at risk after Zara filed the winding up petition, which will be heard at Newcastle County court tomorrow. The Journal has tried to contact managing director Paul Henzell but has not been able to speak to him. The restaurant was not open for business yesterday.

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2-10 Cross Street And 9-10 Charlotte Square

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Much discussions in the past on the forum about this property on Cross Street.

This application is for the installation of a new frontage but the Design and Access Statement mentions the fact that there is no proposed change in use, it will stay as a restaurant and offices.

017/0176/01/DET | Installation of new shop front | 2 - 10 Cross Street Blackfriars Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XE
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Application Received Fri 03 Feb 2017
Application Validated Wed 08 Feb 2017
Address 2 - 10 Cross Street Blackfriars Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XE
Proposal Installation of new shop front
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This is the latest position of this redevelopment at 2 - 10 Cross Street, photographed 18th July 2017.








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New planning application submitted for the building on Cross Street and also the adjoining property at 9-10 Charlotte Square:

2017/1260/01/DET | Change of use of restaurant and offices (Class A3/B1) to hotel (44 bedrooms) (Class C1) and erection of additional storey to 2-10 Cross Street | 2-10 Cross Street And 9-10 Charlotte Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XE
Reference 2017/1260/01/DET
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Application Received Tue 27 Jun 2017
Application Validated Mon 21 Aug 2017
Address 2-10 Cross Street And 9-10 Charlotte Square Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4XE
Proposal Change of use of restaurant and offices (Class A3/B1) to hotel (44 bedrooms) (Class C1) and erection of additional storey to 2-10 Cross Street
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https://publicaccessapplications.new...=OS77RKBSJEL00

Cc Newcastle and the North East HOTELS - Of the present, the past, and plans for the future
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