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Thursday, 29 November 2018

St Mary's Inn Stannington | Saturday Lunch Menu Review (with kids)

*This is a collaborative post

I've visited St Mary's Inn a fair few times in the past and even stayed over for two nights during New Girl in Toon and Simon's wedding celebrations (Mrs Cool doesn't want to mention the fact that I took advantage of staying over and sampled one too many of the pub's fine ales during the pre-wedding dinner so we'll brush past that point). Anyway, I've always been a fan of the place and was disappointed to hear that it had closed for a year while the surrounding building work was able to gather pace. That didn't last long though and St Mary's Inn is now very much open and back in business again. We were invited over to sample their family lunch options last weekend.

St Mary's Inn Stannington | Saturday Lunch Menu Review (with kids)
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Thursday, 22 November 2018

Fourteen Drops and Macbeth


This week me and Mrs. Cool had a night out in Newcastle to celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We have already had a celebration with the kids at Matfen Hall but this was a night out for just the two of us. If you haven't been to STACK on Pilgrim Street in Newcastle then you really need to get down there. There are loads of food vendors serving some amazing food. We've already tried Sushi me Rollin' for probably the best sushi in the North East. This time around we headed to Fourteen Drops which is a Charcuterie and Wine Bar.
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Monday, 12 November 2018

Post Box | Ponteland | Lunch Review

*This is a collaborative post


Me and Mrs. Cool were in Ponteland this week to have lunch at the Postbox in Ponteland, we were also planning on a trip to Belsay Hall only to find out that it is now closed during the week during the winter months (annoying!). However we still made it to The Postbox, this is a great little cafe with a lot of character, the interior is very homely with paintings of Newcastle landmarks like the Tyne Bridge and St. James Park.

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Dining Options at Matfen Hall


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This November Mrs. Cool and I celebrate our 12th Wedding Anniversary, we decided to mark the occasion with a stay at Matfen Hall in Northumberland. We spent all day and night at the Hotel and Spa so were able to try the menu at all of the Dining Experiences available at Matfen Hall.

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Thursday, 25 October 2018

Exploring the North Tyneside Coast with Tyne and Wear Metro


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Growing up in Wallsend in North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear metro played a big part in my life. Whether it was going to spend my pocket money in Eldon Square or Monument Mall as a teenager or travelling to Whitley Bay or Newcastle for nights out with my mates in my late teens and early twenties, the Metro was such a convenient mode of transport. Where I live now (in Northumberland) doesn't have a Metro line but does have some great bus links to Metro stations. I was recently asked by Tyne and Wear Metro to visit some of the bars and restaurants in various locations in and around Metro stations and to try out their Pay as You go Pop Card.
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Monday, 22 October 2018

Monday Munchies: Pigs in Blankets Mac and Cheese


It is never too early to start thinking about Christmas snacks. I've already had a few mince pies and I'm getting ideas for what to have leading up to the big day. This week I rustled up this little festive corker, this will serve four and maybe my new favourite Yuletide treat.

Pigs in Blankets Mac and Cheese Recipe by Big Stevie Cool
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Thursday, 18 October 2018

5 Horror Films to watch with teens this Halloween


Halloween is just around the corner and it's time to decide which scary movie to watch when all the Trick or Treating is finished. I've decided to compile a list of horror films I enjoy that I think would be ok to watch with your teenage kids. I have a love/hate relationship with the horror genre, I really love a good horror film but most of the time I'm disappointed as most horror films (especially more recent ones) are pretty boring and predictable. These choices are films I'm ok with letting my 12 year old son to watch, the list may be controversial as contains a few 15 rated films and one which is rated 18 but I look at the BBFC rating as more of a suggestion than an actual age limit.
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