River Beat, Gateshead

This week, we were kindly invited along to River Beat on Wednesday to try their Vegan Tapas menu. The venue is located on the Gateshead side of the river, just down from the Hilton hotel. We had walked past a few times on our Quayside explorations, but never went in. Since we both went vegan, we have been increasingly hesitant to try new places in town, unless they have been recommended to us by vegan friends or on the North East Vegan and Vegetarians Facebook Group. Up until now, we had no idea that River Beat not only catered to vegans, but had an entirely vegan page in their menu. In fact,  they offer 3 for £10 on all vegan tapas on a Wednesday night – a midweek treat you’d be mad to miss.

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What I ate in my first week of veganism (all gluten free!)

One year ago this month, I decided to give up red meat. After chatting with vegan friends Michael and Maisie (Obviously Vegan), and watching documentaries Cowspiracy and Earthlings, both myself and Craig felt like a curtain had been lifted and, within a matter of days, our bacon-eating days were over. At first, I figured being gluten free and vegetarin would be too difficult so I kept eating chicken until October last year. Craig, however, cut out all meat last April, and he has been proudly vegetarian since.

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Ottoman, Clayton Street West

I’ve got to admit it was the enemy (Tripadvisor) that brought me here. We were in search of somewhere new to spend payday Friday as our usual haunts hadn’t lived up to scratch on our last few visits. As huge fans of The Bake Express on Chillingham Road, this appealed to us. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with barbecue grilled meats with a side of rice and salad, but Ottoman exceeded expectations.

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