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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Lane 7: Racing rig

Lane 7: Racing rig exterior


Lane 7 is boutique bowling alley with a difference in Newcastle city centre. It doubles as a bar and restaurant and has other activities on offer like pool tables, ping pong and karaoke. I've been a few times, the food is always great and on a recent work night out we booked the karaoke room and had a great night. Last night Me, Mrs Cool and a few of our friends were invited for a meal from the new menu and to try out the new Racing Rig.

Lane 7: Racing rig track

We arrived and confirmed our reservation and then had a drink at the bar while we waited for the rest of our friends to arrive. Once everyone had turned up we went to our table to have dinner. The food at Lane 7 is the type of food I love, chicken wings, BBQ ribs, burgers, pulled pork and grilled sandwiches. Mrs Cool had the pulled pork bun and I went for The Cuban Press which is essentially a ham and cheese toastie, but what a ham and cheese toastie it is! All of the mains come with either fries or sweet potato fries, we both opted for sweet potato fries.

Lane 7: Racing rig The Cuban Press
The Cuban Press with Sweet Potato Fries
Lane 7: Racing rig Pulled Pork Bun
Pulled Pork Bun with Sweet Potato Fries

After our meal we headed upstairs to the Racing Rig, this new attraction is a miniature racing track for up to 10 racers. When you first arrive your asked to make a race licence, this is to upload your details to the computer to track your laps and time your race.

Lane 7: Racing rig Race Licence

Once you're registered you can take your place in one of the drivers seats, scan your licence so your details are assigned to your car and wait for the race to begin.

Lane 7: Racing rig Cars

The race is so much fun, it took a few laps for me to get the hang of it as I kept over steering and the spinning around, as the cars speed around the track crashing into each other and the walls various racing and car themed songs play (starting with The Chain by Fleetwood Mac obviously) and there is a trackside commentator giving in-race updates. The winner is the first to complete 20 laps and although I finished 2nd in our race I was 8 laps behind the winner, this is probably because I spent a few laps either going backwards or round the track the wrong way. After the race you can get your picture taken on the podium (if you're good enough to finish in the top 3).

Lane 7: Racing rig winners podium

You can find more information about Lane 7 here. The racing rig cost £3 for one turn or £10 for four turns. You don't need to pre book but there might be a queue if its busy. It's recommended for ages 7+ but children under 18 have to leave by 7pm due to licensing.

Here is a video of our night that Mrs Cool did for her blog:



Well, that's all for now.

S


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