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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East

I've enjoyed being fully self-employed for just over a year now. For those who don't know, I spent three years prior to this working as a Walk in Centre receptionist. In order to avoid extortionate childcare costs I would work long shifts every Saturday and Sunday and one of the biggest things I hated about this was missing out on Sunday lunch.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East

I love a good Sunday lunch and I only wish we had the funds to dine out every Sunday. There are a few places I regularly visit that aren't on this list too (Arcot Hall and Aphrodite in Cramlington) but I'm sure I'll get around to featuring them at some point. This list will hopefully grow over the coming months and years and will become a fantastic resource for those looking for a family-friendly place to enjoy the best meal of the week.

North East Sunday Lunch Reviews 


Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - Child's Sunday lunch at The Cherry Tree, Jesmond
The Cherry Tree, Jesmond - review here

The Cherry Tree is a neighbourhood restaurant in Jesmond serving delicious Sunday lunches in an elegant setting, often accompanied by live music. The children's menu is £8.95 for 2 courses but worth every penny. The staff are super welcoming and will really look after you. The adult Sunday lunch menu is definitely worth the £19 price tag for 2 courses. The Cherry Tree is the kind of place you can relax and spend a whole afternoon enjoying good food and company.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Child's Sunday lunch at Whitworth hall, Durham
Whitworth Hall, Durham - review here

Whitworth Hall in Durham is a formal setting with linen table cloths in a traditional setting. There is no children's menu as such but little one's can order half portions from the main menu. Sunday lunch for grown ups is £14.95 for 2 courses which is fantastic value and the food is all superb. Service was a little slow on the day of our visit. Make sure you leave time to feed the deer in the hall's gardens. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Child's Sunday lunch at Liberty Brown, Sunderland
Liberty Brown, Sunderland - review here

We were pleasently surprised with Liberty Brown. The food was tasty (although I'd skip the soup) and I love how there are usually lots of activities/character visits/face painting to keep the kids entertained at no additional cost. Sunday lunch is priced at around £10 for adults and there are usually lots of options and £7.95 for kids which is fantastic as this covers 3 courses, a drink and bambinocino. 


Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Sunday lunch platter, The Fox Hole Pub Piercebridge
The Fox Hole, Piercebridge - review here

Sunday lunches are served as huge sharing platters at The Fox Hole and priced at £18.95 for 2 courses (kids are half price). This way of sharing lunch is fab for families as you can pick and choose what you'd like. We opted for all the meat when we visited. This was served with jugs of homemade gravy and plenty of veg. I often recommend the Fox Hole as my favourite Sunday lunch in the North East. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - The Cook and Barker
The Cook and Barker, Northumberland - review here

The Cook and Barker is a beautiful inn located in the quaint village of Newton by the Moor near Felton in Northumberland. It's everything you'd expect from a country pub and more. Sunday lunch is priced at £17.95 for 3 courses (discounted for children) and I like how everything is brought out in dishes to your table. It feels as if you could be sitting around your mum's kitchen table when you dine here. Everything is homemade and yummy. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - The Botanist Roast Beef
The Botanist, Newcastle - review here

A lot of people are a bit snobby when it comes to the Botanist and their Sunday lunches but I think they offer fantastic value for money. You won't get a more magical setting in the city centre and there is often live music to add to the atmosphere. Sunday roasts start at £11.95 for grown ups and are just £6.95 for kids including a special seaside ice cream dessert. The roast beef is served nice and pink, the veg and yorkshires have always been perfectly cooked for us and the kids adore visiting here. Oh there's a very good cocktail menu to work your way too. 

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East  - Jesmond Dene House Roast Beef
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond - review here

Dining at Jesmond Dene House offers a real sense of occasion. The elegant dining room is beautiful and although it may feel fancy, children are welcomed with open arms. Sunday lunch at Jesmond Dene House is honestly an absolute steal at £22 for 2 courses (children's meals are priced at £9.50 for 2 courses). The food served here is some of the best the North East has to offer. A word of warning though, watch out for all the extras - extra side dishes, bottled water for the table, service charge.......it can all add up and if you're on a budget it's something to be mindful of.

Our Guide to the Best Family Friendly Sunday Lunches in the North East - The Broad Chare Pub
The Broad Chare Newcastle - review here

Although we didn't dine with kids on this occasion, there were plenty of families in the restaurant during our visit and I would certainly return with our three. Expect high quality meat, homemade yorkshires and roasties, a decent wine and beer list plus very good service. The pub is warm and welcoming with a good atmosphere. 

Let me know if you have a favourite place to visit for Sunday Lunch in the North East.

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Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Save Time with The Laundry Co - Book Your Laundry & Dry Cleaning Online

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Although I work from home,  I am so busy actually working that I'll be the first to admit that I am not the best at keeping on top of our housework and cleaning. It's only on Steve's days off when I don't work as much that we manage to get things done. I am seriously looking into hiring a cleaner again next year and have been looking at services that can help me out. 

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online - a review

One such service is The Laundry Co. We've been following each other on Twitter for a while and they got in touch and asked if I'd like to review their service and tell you all about it. The Laundry Co is such a fantastic idea, especially for busy people. The concept is, you book your laundry and/or dry cleaning collection online at a time to suit you, you then book your return date (it's really easy to use - just like ordering your shopping online), then add the services or items you'd like before paying online and completing your order. Your laundry is then collected and returned at the agreed time. Perfect!

My experience with The Laundry Co


I was honestly so impressed. There are loads of jobs I had been putting off but just hadn't got around to doing. Our festive bedding needed washing after sitting in our cupboard for a year, my 'school run' coat was in desperate need of a clean, Steve's suit needed dry cleaning and a few of his shirts had been sitting on his ironing pile for a while. I am one of those people who never iron and I had a dress that I did need ironed too but it had just been hanging in my cupboard neglected for months.

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.
Clothes are returned protected with clear plastic

So I booked my collection for Monday morning (a double duvet cover set, 5 shirts, a winter coat, a 2 piece suit and a dress) between 12noon and 2pm and my return date on Wednesday, again between 12noon and 2pm. Payment is made online at this point. 

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.

A lovely lady (in branded uniform) turned up as expected on Monday to collect my clothing and returned on Wednesday exactly as expected. I was honestly so impressed. Our clothing was returned on hangers in and protected with a clear bag and they looked pristine. I was super impressed with our bedding - I have never ironed bedding so it's a real treat having someone do this for you. I was also quite shocked at how my Boden coat looked when it had been cleaned. Oooops! I didn't realise it was so dirty! It looks fantastic now though.

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.
My Boden coat is as good as new

The most important factor for me though is that this service is SO hassle free. No carrying suits to the dry cleaners or to and from the car. I am so pleased that these little jobs that have been nagging me at the back of my head have now been ticked from my to-do list. One less thing to worry about! 


The Laundry Co Pricing


A full price list is available online here but as a guide, here are a few examples:
  • 5 shirts washed, dried and ironed and returned on hangers £10
  • Office saver deal (A 2 piece suit dry cleaned, 5 shirts washed, dried and ironed and returned on hangers £20
  • Double bed set (four pillowcases, one duvet cover and one sheet washed, dried and ironed) £10.70
  • Outdoor jacket dry cleaned £10.50
  • Wash, dry and fold 7kg bag of clothing £12

Prices include delivery and collection and there is no on-going contract. Simply book as and when needed. 

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.

I have been provided with a special code for new customers - use CLEAN for 25% off your first online order. 

What areas do they cover? 


Visit The Laundry Co booking form and select 'choose your postcode' to find a full list of areas covered.

Who can The Laundry Co help? 


Everyone! Definitely busy parents like me, but here are a few other people who may benefit from The Laundry Co's services:
  • New parents - why not organise a 7kg wash, dry and fold for a few weeks as an alternative 'new baby' gift
  • University student - need a few shirts washed and ironed for upcoming events? The Laundry Co can help
  • Office life - take the stress of dry cleaning your suit and/or ironing your shirts away with The Laundry Co
  • Holidays - OMG I love this idea. If you can't face the laundry when you return from holiday (I know I can't), why not use The Laundry Co's wash, dry and fold service? 
  • Elderly relatives - I know my grandparents often struggle with their washing and I'm sure this service would make life a little easier
  • Illness - I am sure The Laundry Co's services would be of great use after a stay in hospital when you need to rest or when you're recovering from illness. 

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.


Would I recommend? 


I would definitely recommend and I will be using this service again. I just loved the convenience of this service and feel that it offers fantastic value for money. Being able to choose delivery and collection at a time that suits me is a huge plus. The staff were all lovely and friendly and the quality of the clean was superb. The service was efficient and I am really happy with the results. When Steve needs his suit dry cleaned, we need our coats cleaned or we return from holiday and I just can't face the washing, I will look no further than The Laundry Co and I'm happy to recommend. The Laundry Co have been supporting North East families with their dry cleaning and laundry needs for over 25 years and a lot of their new clients are through personal recommendations.

How can I find out more? 


Visit The Laundry Co website and if you enter the code 'CLEAN' you will receive 25% off your first online order. You can also give The Laundy Co's Facebook page a like and follow The Laundry Co on Twitter here.

Giveaway


Now for the best news - as well as 25% off your first online order for ALL readers (Use the code:  'CLEAN'), The Laundry Co have offered one lucky reader the chance to get prepared for your Christmas party this year. Simply comment on this Facebook status with what you'll be wearing to your Christmas party this year (or your ideal Christmas party outfit) before midnight on Friday 9th December and I'll select one lucky winner at random on Saturday 10th December. 

Prize:
1 x 2 piece suit dry cleaned
5 x Shirts washed, ironed and returned on hangers
1 x Dress dry cleaned

OR any services of your choosing from The Laundry Co website up to the value of £30.

Terms and conditions: UK entries only. No cash alternative. Winner must live within The Laundry Co's delivery area (check postcode here). Prize must be claimed by 10/6/17. The Laundry Co's standard terms and conditions apply to all orders.

The Laundry Co - North East Dry Cleaning and Laundry collected from your door. Order and pay online. A review and giveaway.

Disclosure | We were given a complimentary trial of this service in return for an honest review. 
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Monday, 5 December 2016

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Visiting Santa Claus & Christmas Bazaar 2016

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We LOVED visiting Preston Park Museum & Grounds during October Half term and think that their entrance fee of just £5 per family for a whole year offers fantastic value. Preston Park's programme of events has been fantastic this year and we can't wait to see what 2017 has to offer. We desperately wanted to re-visit this festive season, however my diary was just too full and we weren't able to make it. We sent my sister in law and her bestie along with their children to report back instead. Over to Kelly:

Last Sunday we visited Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton-on-Tees for their Christmas Bazaar weekend. We were glad to see plenty of parking available. There was a short walk across the grounds from the car park to the museum. A huge adventure playground, skate park and ample picnic space makes Preston Park a ‘must do’ on our summer 2017 list!

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016

Once inside the museum, we sauntered around the independent stalls which sold traditional and hand-made gifts, accessories and sweets. Emily and Ella made a bee-line for The Fudge Station. Tempted by tasty samples of gingerbread, rum & raison, salted caramel and jaffa flavours, we couldn’t resist a cheeky purchase. Needless to say the boxes of fudge were soon demolished. 

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - stalls

Outside, at the back of the museum there was cobbled streets and traditional shops. Some of the shops were closed (like the fish & chip shop ), but those that were open had staff dressed in traditional outfits who were interacting and engaging with all the visitors. More market stalls were set up in the main street. We came across a stall by Illuminating Candles. They sold a huge selection of scented candles and oil burners. Us grown-ups (who aren’t allowed to eat synful fudge), were tempted by the delicious smell of this stall   Our houses now have a lovely spiced orange smell.

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - brass band

A brass band wearing old fashioned police uniforms were playing Christmas tunes in the street as we wondered down to see the ‘festive donkeys’. Operated by Burniston’s Traditional Donkey Rides, Emily and Ella thoroughly enjoyed a short ride on Sonic and Jack. 

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - donkey ride

Next we headed back inside, to write a letter to Santa. Two lovely ladies in Victorian costumes explained to Emily and Ella how to use the ink well and quill to write their letters and where to post them. Partially pre-printed letters were handed out to guide the kids with what to write. Not surprising, both girls put themselves on the ‘nice’ list!! We headed up to the magic post box outside of the police station and the girls posted their letters. If you put your address on the back, you will get a response in the next few days.

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - writing letters to Santa

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - Posting letters to Santa

Other activities on offer were calligraphy bookmark making and leather toy making. Otherwise known as bashing a piece of leather with a mallet until you have a headache! 

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - calligraphy bookmarks

After all these festive activities, it was time for our visit to Santa’s Grotto. You have to pre-book a timeslot and it’s £5 per child. Mrs Claus was on crowd control at the entrance of the grotto and a comedy couple also dressed in Victorian clothing provided entertainment for the queue. They handed out jingle bells to the kids and played a ukulele, while singing Christmas songs. We had a good laugh with them and it passed the time quicker. We waited about 20 minutes before entering the decorated grotto which had a much needed log fire. Santa was really good; he interacted very well with the kids and cracked jokes. He told us he had a huge stock of eye pads after a misunderstanding several years ago! We had about 10 minutes with Santa and plenty of opportunity for photos. Santa gave Emily and Ella an early present, which they couldn’t wait to unwrap.

Preston Park Museum & Grounds | Christmas Bazaar and visiting Santa 2016 - Santa's Grotto

There wasn’t much in the way of places to eat and get a hot drink. The tearoom was full when we tried to get a cuppa, so we had to buy one from a coffee cart in the street. There was outdoor seating, but we had to linger about for a table. There were only two food vans available for lunch. Blackwell’s of Norton were offering pulled turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce in a brioche bun for £4 and The Spitting Pig Company had pulled pork stotties with all the trimmings also for £4. To be honest, I thought that was a bit pricey. However, they also sold hot dogs, burgers and bacon rolls for £3. After standing for 20 minutes in a queue for a hot dog for Emily, I was told there was none left. It was only half one! That’s one of my pet hates…. I can’t understand why they don’t cross it off the menu when something is sold out! Anyway, as we own two fussy pants eaters, we had to leave to feed the starving children!

Overall we had a lovely day out, although it was cut short by the lack of lunch options. We could have easily spent another hour or two after lunch mooching around the stalls and enjoying the festive atmosphere (and mulled wine). 

Thanks Kelly. We'll definitely make sure we save a space in our diary to visit next year. I'm sure our Jack would love to meet Jack the Donkey. I think we'll pack a winter picnic though. 

Upcoming events at Preston Park this Christmas include:

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5 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve in the North East with Kids

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It's always tricky when you have kids and are trying to organise something the whole family will enjoy for New Year's Eve. We normally have a family party at home but as the children are growing older, I would like to plan something special in the next few years. Here are a few ways to celebrate New Year's Eve in the North East that are child-friendly this year:

5 Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve in the North East with Kids


1 - St James' Park Family New Year Celebrations


From 5pm - 10pm, families can enjoy New Year Celebrations at St James' Park. There will be party games & a disco and Monty and Maggie will make an appearance. A hot fork buffet will be served at 7pm (and I spy my favourite sticky toffee pudding on the menu). Prices are just £30 per adult including one free child. Additional children are charged at £15 and under 3's are free. Call 0191 8525 to book. If you would like to enjoy a glass or two of champagne to celebrate, I would recommend looking at hotels in Jesmond which are only a 10 minute walk from the city centre. The Holiday Inn Jesmond offers free parking.

5 Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve in the North East with Kids - family party St James Park


2 - Winter Carnival Parade


Newcastle's Winter Carnival Parade is perfect for families. There will be puppets, music and live performances around monument from 4:30pm and the parade will set off from monument towards the Civic Centre via Northumberland Street at around 5:15pm and will end with a spectacular fireworks display at Civic Centre. This event is FREE and not to be missed.


3 - Catch a Pantomime 


If you haven't managed to catch a Christmas Panto yet, there are still a few tickets available NYE performances including James and the Giant Peach at Northern Stage and Jack and the Beanstalk at the Customs House South Shields. Both of these performances are fantastic for the family and I'd recommend them both.

5 Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve in the North East with Kids - watch a panto


4 - Family New Year's Eve Party at Blue Flames


This event is just outside of the city centre but the Blue Flames Family New Year's Eve Party is always popular. Tickets are just £12 per adult and £6 for kids and include a disco, buffet, party games, bouncy castle and the football court will be open for kids to play on. Tickets are available from the Blue Flames reception.

5 - Bowling


We loved our trip to AMF Bowling in Washington earlier in the year and their NYE deal has certainly caught our eye. For just £16.99 for adults and £13.99 per children, you can enjoy unlimited bowling from 9pm and will enjoy hot food, a glass of bubbly on arrival, a bottle of Prosecco for your lane (kids will receive squash) and a party atmosphere. This sounds like a huge bargain to me! Enquire online here.

5 Ways to Celebrate New Years Eve in the North East with Kids - family NYE bowling at AMF Washington


Don't forget to like North East Family Fun on Facebook for more ideas of what to do in the North East with kids and let me know how you're celebrating NYE this year. 

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Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review



We have our go-to places to dine with the kids in Newcastle but it's always nice to try somewhere new right? We were invited along to sample the new Bella Italia in the Grey's Quarter of intu Eldon Square this week and popped in before our trip to the Tyne Theatre to watch Beauty and the Beast.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - white wine in booth

First things first - the staff took our drinks order straight away, brought the kids over some bread sticks to nibble on plus a festive work sheet to keep them entertained. Our server Helen was simply fantastic. She immediately built up rapport with our table and was quizzing Harry about his favourite Harry Potter characters (as always he had brought his book along).

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids activities

Now I don't know why more restaurants don't provide complimentary breadsticks for kids on arrival. It must cost them pennies but it makes a massive difference to us parents. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, Jack seems to have no concept of time when it comes to dining out and will usually start crying/moaning/whinging as soon as he's ordered that he's starving and he continuously asks when the food is coming. Breadsticks prevented this from happening and our experience was pretty much stress free. Thanks Bella Italia!

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids breadsticks

They make everything as fun as possible for kids at Bella Italia right down to choosing your own straw (that they can take home). Believe me when I say that Bella Italia have absolutely nailed dining with kids.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids unlimited drinks

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids juice

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids crossword

The children's menu at Bella Italia is a real bargain at £5.45 (ages 2-6 years) for three courses, re-fillable drinks, nibbles, a worksheet and crayons plus a special Bella Italia curly straw to take home. This price increases to £7.25 for 7-11 year olds. My three all went for cheesy garlic bread to start which they demolished in no time.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids garlic bread starter

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids garlic bread starter

Then to follow it was a Pepperoni pizza for Harry, Fish and Chips for Jack and Plain Pasta for Heidi (which was her choice - weird!). All very good and eaten with no complaints.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids pepparoni pizza

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids fish and chips

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids fish and chips

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids plain pasta

Another reason to love Bella Italia is that they have a specials menu. I always like to see a seasonal specials menu and again, would love to see more chain restaurants doing this. To be honest, you can order pizza or pasta in any chain restaurant and it will all be very similar. A specials menu sets Bella Italia apart and is the chance to try something new. Steve and I were immediately drawn to their festive offerings.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas specials menu

Steve ordered the Pollo Pate served with fig chutney. He loved it but did say the bread could have been a little more toasted. This is really picking faults though.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas menu pollo pate and fig chutney

I went for the smoked salmon with orange, mascarpone, fennel, radish and rocket. It was delicious - who knew salmon and orange would be such a nice combination? It was very fresh and light so perfect if you're out for a three course feast as we were.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas menu smoked salmon and orange

Onto the mains and again we ordered from the seasonal menu. I knew as soon as I spotted it that Steve would be ordering the Venison and Beef Tortelli. Bella Italia is not your typical chain and they source their pasta from Agnesi - the oldest pasta makers in Italy and their cured meats come from two family run Italian Charcuteries. The quality is impressive. I can usually not resist a pizza but Steve's pasta dish has convinced me to try Bella's pasta on our next visit. Steve's pasta was rich and served with lots of sauce - he gave it a massive thumbs up.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas menu beef and Vanison tortelli

I always like to browse a menu online before visiting somewhere and my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I spotted a festive pizza - Pigs in blankets, fig chutney, roast chicken, red onion and fresh sage all served on a pizza - yes please! It lived up to my expectations and although not the finest pizza I've ever eaten, I still loved it and think it's a quirky alternative to a roast dinner this festive season. I am so pleased I ordered this. I can confirm that pigs in blankets, fig chutney and pizza are indeed a match made in heaven. I might actually recreate this at home - Christmas leftovers pizza anyone?

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas pizza with pigs and blankets

We were starting to get a little pushed for time and to be honest, I wouldn't have ordered dessert if the kids dessert hadn't already been included (clever marketing Bella Italia) but the staff assured us they could get desserts out asap so we just went with it. Heidi ordered a 'create your own gelato' which involved heading over to the ice cream cart and selecting the ingredients for her own creation. She loved doing this! The boys went for chocolate brownie which is the standard dessert they always order and they thouroughly enjoyed it.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Make your own gelato cart

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids gelato

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - kids chocolate brownie dessert

Steve and I spotted Chocolate Orange Fondant on the festive specials menu. Served with Vanilla gelato and amaretti crumb it was heaven on a plate. It's not often we'll order a full three courses but it was definitely worth it on this occasion.

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas menu chocolate orange fondant

Bella Italia at intu Eldon Square Newcastle | Children's Menu Review - Christmas menu chocolate orange fondant

For years now Frankie and Bennys has been the kids' favourite restaurant and I think we have maybe dined there more than 50 times now. Steve and I have always just found it to be average but it was still ok and we went because the kids loved it. Bella Italia however, has been a game changer for us. The kids declared that Bella Italia has replaced their no1 restaurant and they want to come back again soon. For me, it has been one of the most stress-free dining experience ever. The children's menu is very good value, the grown ups menu is nice too and I would say Bella Italia are definitely one of the better chain restaurants we've been to. I really would recommend.

Find out more: www.bellaitalia.co.uk

Disclosure | We received a complimentary meal in return for an honest review. 

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