Over to the UK this time and i was traveling from Leeds to Edinburgh.
The train journey was pretty uneventful (with the exception of a delightfully dreadful set of toddler twins who insisted on spitting crisps at me the entire journey).
I boarded the 8:25 train on a drizzly monday morning amid a wave of suits and luggage on wheels, found my seat and settled down for a micro-nap before planning my stop over in Newcastle (no other reason than I wanted to stop and visit this historic City which for some reason I’ve never actually spent much time in).
I did my research and wanted to stay somewhere nice and just outside the city so that i can avoid the tussle of the town.
I settled on a quaint little town named Whickham. It is a lovely little village just outside Gateshead (south of Newcastle) and is just a 10 minute taxi into the city centre.
Newcastle it has to be said was exactly as I hoped it would be (cosmopolitan, yet full of history and the people there are so friendly and passionate – I’ve yet to find locals as passionate about their heritage as the “geordies”).
But… What really stuck in my mind was the morning before the afternoon in the city. While i was getting my self ready and planning my afternoon I stopped by a local cafe in Whickham named Nibbles and Bits Catering. The staff there were probably among the nicest people that i have ever met. They actually sat and talked with me about the local attractions offering advice and listened for a good half hour to me talk about my travels. Such a lovely lot!
I would be remiss if i did not give them a plug so here goes – Nibbles and Bits Catering in Whickham are just the Bees Knees! if you want to stop and have a coffee or even plan to take Afternoon Tea or need catering for your parties or events these are the ladies for the job!
Lots of love girls – I will be back for some of that delicious cake next time im in town!