What I Did For My Birthday

As with every year, I took some time off work and dragged my birthday celebrations out for a whole week. It meant I ended up having a lovely time doing all sorts of nice things with my friends and family.

I started off with a mother daughter trip to Manchester for the weekend. We stayed in Salford Quays and, instead of spending lots of time in Central Manchester, we mostly wandered around the Quays and Media City and had lots of food and drink in the bars around there.cfb8159f-cd5e-4e78-8695-1d59ef83efd4Tuesday was my actual birthday and all I wanted to do was have a nice day out with my fiancé. After cooking me breakfast, Andrew and I headed to Alnwick to have a look round Alnwick Gardens. I haven’t been here since I was little and it was lovely to see in the Autumn, and they had also decorated for Halloween which was fun. We then went into the town to The Dirty Bottles for some food. We’ve visited here before and they’re like a smokehouse/pub and we like to order their sharing platters so we can try some of everything.

On Thursday we decided to spend an afternoon in Newcastle and headed straight for Stack as its ages since we’ve been. We really overindulged on this day but the food and drink selections in Newcastle are too good to miss. We ordered sushi from Sushi Me Rollin’, genuinely the best sushi I’ve had, and some loaded duck fries from Hatch 76 which are just amazing, along with drinks from Yolo. We were stuffed after that but we’d spotted another table with pancakes from The Dispensary and couldn’t resist. We ordered some strawberry and Nutella pancakes to share and they were delicious.

I also wanted to try out some of the new bars that have been popping up in Newcastle so headed to Horticulture. It took us a while to find (use Google Maps and watch out for the huge sign that hangs over the street, you’ll never find it otherwise) but we weren’t disappointed once inside. They’ve got a huge cocktail menu including 40 types of espresso martini, our favourite, and we really enjoyed our drinks. We then headed to Revolucion de Cuba, which I haven’t tried yet, for couple more cocktails before heading home.

We ended up overindulging again on Friday as we headed into Durham to meet friends in Revolution for some food and a couple bottles of wine. It was a very late night but lots of fun and fab way to end my birthday celebrations.

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