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Say Hello to Gateshead: FLANNELS Metrocentre Gateshead

Say Hello to Gateshead: FLANNELS Metrocentre Gateshead

We’re incredibly excited to announce that FLANNELS will be opening its latest store in Gateshead’s bustling Metrocentre this month, and can’t wait to bring the FLANNELS premium experience to an area as vibrant as Tyneside’s busiest shopping destination. To celebrate, we’ve put together our guide to nearby Newcastle’s experiential and culinary highlights. Regularly voted as one of the UK’s best cities, with Newcastle’s heady mix of foodie havens, after-hours party venues and burgeoning arts scene, it’s not hard to see why. The city’s industrial past is still evident in the architecture, with years of regeneration meaning that converted warehouses now house workshops, galleries, bars and museums, where once there was urban decay. There’s a captivating and gritty charm in the cobbled streets and redbrick mills. Standing on the banks of the River Tyne on a summer evening, the green arch of the Tyne Bridge mirrored upstream by the curve of its Millennium sister, it’s easy to understand why Geordies take so much pride in their city. The friendliness of its inhabitants is infectious – service here always comes with a smile. Wey aye, pet.

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From the Cluny arts complex that houses two theatres and a bar serving cask-conditioned ales to guided tours of the Victoria Tunnel (a subterranean wagonway built in the mid 19th century), there’s something for everyone in Newcastle. The historic Lower Ouseburn Valley is the cultural centre of the town’s increasingly cool arts scene, with scores of artists’ studios housed along Lime Street, including the UK’s largest art, craft and design gallery, The Biscuit Factory. Their in-house restaurant, Artisan, is bringing back its ever-popular Supper Club in August. With a menu including fresh North Shields crab salad and orange and clementine mousse, it’s a culinary experience not to be missed.

Newcastle’s most stylish new addition is the FLANNELS Metrocentre Gateshead store, where an afternoon can be whiled away browsing the rails of designer clothing, including collections by Helmut Lang, McQ by Alexander McQueen and accessories by Jimmy Choo. Having indulged yourself with the latest Stone Island bomber and C.P. Company essentials, unwind in one of the city’s renowned watering holes. The Tyne Bar offers punters live music and local Brewery Wylam’s traditional ales on tap, whilst the Bridge Tavern, under the arches of the Tyne bridge, is a smart microbrewery with gleaming copper tuns at one end of the room and a distinctively premium atmosphere. For award-winning cocktails, head to The Botanist – the Lemon Balm Tini is undeniably delicious. Roy Varty is the mixology powerhouse behind the Slaughterhouse Speakeasy – try the Grace and Flavour, a combination of El Jimador tequila, homemade coffee stout liquor and Gracie Bea’s vanilla pod ice cream. Proof that you don’t have to be on a hen or stag to enjoy Newcastle after-hours.


With unparalleled views of the city’s quayside and a maritime-steeped history, few hotels in Newcastle have luxury credentials like those of Hotel du Vin. Housed in a refurbished Edwardian building on the banks of the river, the rooms are sumptuous and beautifully presented, with Egyptian linen, roll top baths and private terraces. Equally, Malmaison Newcastle is a sure bet for an enjoyable stay in the centre. A short walk to the shopping and nightlife, Malmaison has suites with views across to the Millennium Bridge and an in-house spa whose treatment menu includes whole-body holistic exfoliation, bespoke deep tissue massage and cellular renewal facials.

If a trip to the spa isn’t enough to help you escape the pressures of city life, try venturing further afield with a stay at boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House. A short car-ride away from the city, this beautiful country house overlooks the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, and offers welcome respite for weary shoppers and party-goers alike. A Grade-II listed arts and crafts building, the house is surrounded by verdant gardens and no two rooms are the same. All areas of the house have been refurbished with meticulous attention to detail, and breakfast, afternoon tea and the best Sunday lunches served in the North East are cooked up in their accomplished kitchen.


For breakfast, QB teahouse offers multiple variations on a traditional eggs benedict, all served on their own home-baked stotties alongside over 60 varieties of loose leaf tea. After an afternoon of shopping, Thai street food restaurant Thaikun recently opened at the Newcastle Metrocentre and is great for lunch. Conveniently located just a few minutes from the new FLANNELS store, Thaikun serves up light, authentic Thai streetfood dishes. Their salt and pepper squid and fragrant chicken spring rolls are the perfect shopping pick-me-up. For casual dinnertime fare, Jam Jar Jesmond’s menu is relatively small, but all dishes are executed with care. The Flat Iron steak and traditional fish and chips are real comfort food. Equally, dAt bAr woodfires their sourdough pizzas at 700° f with dough risen for 48 hours, meaning, in short, that these are some of the best pizzas in town. Pair with a berkel board and burrata with fresh figs and honey. For a sophisticated evening, Sohe employs traditionally trained chefs and sets them to work creating dishes that bring together Asian flavours with a Western twist. The menu combines fine dining dishes from around the world, and the cocktail menu is just as mesmerising. Try the Korean treacle bulgogi beef sirloin with grilled asparagus and black pudding pate, and a Sohe Collins with Banksiea Rose petal infused gin, nettle and elderflower – fine dining with a seductively informal vibe.