The traditional weekender to a northern city has a number of common features: the early faller, the sporting legend, the second day slump, the swift half before the train home. In previous versions, I’ve never had one that included a trip to the museum followed by a stop at a tea shop, but there’s a first time for everything.
Our museum of choice was the Great North Museum, just off the Great North Road. The Beer Man and I really enjoyed it, with the taxidermy exploits of a certain lynx attracting particular attention.
After a good wander round there we retired to the comfortable confines of Quilliam Brothers, a rather stylish little tea shop that’s been plying its trade on the corner of Eldon Square since 2013.
I’d originally thought about trying their coffee but it was clear that tea was their overwhelming speciality.
Accordingly, I chose to give their genmaicha a try, while Beer Man gave the tingly fresh masala a go (£5.45 for the two pots.)
The restorative power of both brews was obvious with a notable perking up in our constitutions. I was particularly taken with the masala tea as it was brightly refreshing.
So overall, a tea shop trip will tentatively be suggested for future weekender schedules as our visit to Quilliam Brothers was rather successful. I’d recommend you give this charming place a visit next time you’re in these parts and need a moment of restorative calm.