Obviously we know that Newcastle is great, hence this very lovely online magazine, but its always nice when other people realise it too.

Editors of upmarket travel magazine Conde Nast chose our fine city as one of the top ten best places in the UK to have a city break in 2019, describing Newcastle as ‘The riverside revival city’.

Joining places such as Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester in the swanky selection, Conde Nast said Newcastle ‘has been on the rise since the Millennium as a reimagined riverside for urban escapism’.

Whilst celebrating our Quayside Seaside and the proposed ‘Whey Aye’ observation wheel, the magazine also recommended heading to Ouseburn to ‘catch the next wave of the city’s resurgence’.

One of the city’s ‘most rapidly evolving neighbourhoods’ Conde Nast singled out the Cluny as the epicentre of the action, and went on to say;

‘The Ship serves some of the best vegetarian food on Tyneside, the Kiln does great breakfasts, while the subterranean Brinkburn Street Bar & Kitchen has more than a dozen cask beers plus small dishes such as vindaloo Scotch egg and Hasselback potatoes. And for smart dining with a spin, try Anna Hedworth’s superb Cook House‘.

In the city centre the editor’s top picks were Spanish foodies Kaltuur’s new restaurant on Dean Street, and local super-chef Terry Laybourne’s new venture Saint Vincent, which has taken over the old Caffe Vivo premises.

For ‘speakeasy glamour’ the posh publication picks out the Poison Cabinet, and is full of praise for the large container community on the South side of the Tyne, ‘the excellent By The River Brew Co’, highlighting the open-fire cooking and a bike café.

We loved this review and the recognition given to our lovely Toon as best places in the UK to have a city break, but we loved this in Conde Nast’s Newcastle City Guide even more;

“Every Geordie believes him or herself to be blessed to have been born here. Newcastle is a great city, founded on the technological and engineering innovations of men such as George Stephenson and Lord Armstrong, and if at times it seems to hide its highest achievements beneath garrulousness and laughter, that’s because nobody here is seeking veneration – they just want people to enjoy themselves as much as they do.”

Well said, Conde Nast, well said.

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