Chaophraya, intu Eldon Square

Last week we were kindly invited to try out Newcastle’s newest thai restaurant, and the jewel in the crown of the new intu Eldon Square food hall. We had actually already been to Chaophraya before this date, but I thought it might be of interest if I write a post covering both visits and comparing the service/food from our anonymous visit to our ‘VIP’ launch night visit – the results we’re quite as you would expect.

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PizzaStorm, intu Eldon Square

Since the inception of Tyne and Dine, I’ve been the silent consumer who accompanies Ellen on her journeys into Newcastle’s finest eateries. When Pizza Storm, who unfortunately don’t offer any gluten-free options, invited us down to try their quick-fire pizza restaurant, I was excited to accept. Ellen had to bow out – so any other coeliacs or gluten intolerant diners will also have to dodge the place.

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head of steam

Head of Steam, Newcastle Quayside

On Wednesday night we went to see the fantastic Regina Spektor at the Sage Gateshead and stopped in for a quick drink at the new Head of Steam on the Quayside. I had a bottle of Daura Damm, a gluten free lager brewed by the same guys who make Estrella. When he ordered the drinks, the lad behind the bar told Craig they have two other gluten free beers on their menu and a decent selection of GF options on their food menu too, so we decided we had to go back to try-out the full Head of Steam experience, and, on Friday, that’s what we did.

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