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coldclimate
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The worst service I've ever had
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I’ve had my fill of terrible service in the past, from rude French waiters to restaurant owners who are grossly offended that you don’t tip their sweaty lecherous nephew, but rarely have I ever seen service as wretched as in this Burger King. Yes, it’s a fast food place, but still.

I popped in to grab a burger after a one day at work before heading to the hotel across the road. When I came in there was nobody behind the counter which is odd. I waited about, and eventually a lad appeared from chatting to the two blokes in the back and asked me… “Yeah – what?”

Whilst my whopper meal, with diet coke was being prepared by the two individuals behind the scenes, a lady came in in and asked if they did anything made of fish. “Yes, Ocean” came the reply from the cretin. “yes what is that?” she asked, because frankly Ocean is not a description. “Fish” came the reply before the imbecile then turned around and walked off. She left, I don’t blame them.

The burger, when it arrived, was limp, tepid, almost cooked and assembled by a blind man with no hands. All of the content was outside of the bread with the exception of the mayonnaise. I fully expect to get food poisoning, and if I don’t I’ll be manning a protest outside Burger King tomorrow to warn the world of the lackadaisical idiocy inside.

I’d have given this place no stars, if it was possible.
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Best bacon sandwich ever
5
The bacon sandwich is ubiquitous in it's morning glory. Even some vegetarians seem to crave them, but finding a good one it difficult. Most consist of two or at best three slices of tepid, flabby, limp bacon, fat attached, stuffed into a white roll and handed out in a paper bag. Not so those from Pierre's in Reading.

Pierre's Baguettes probably sells a hundred other great sandwiches, there is a massive queue at lunchtime that speaks volumes, but I go there for it's cracking bacon sandwiches in a morning. The buns are crusty on the outside, fluffy inside, and stuffed with crispy bacon. They're reasonably priced and served hot. You can pick a baguette if you like, but the “rustic rolls” are great. If you want they also do a full breakfast baguette, but I've never been man enough to take it on. Check out the photo!

Whilst you wait (which shouldn't be too long), have a glace over the cakes, slices and sandwich fillings which await you at lunchtime. If you've seen a finer looking slice of rockroad – let me know.
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Joe Rigatoni's
3
IPizza, pasta, all the usual sort of things you would expect. Staff seem to be a bit surly and miserable, but then it was busy. 1/2 pizza 1/2 pasta perfect for the indecisive.
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The Forth
Newcastle Upon Tyne | Pubs
The Forth Hotel
4
Good beers, a roof top beer garden and good staff. I love the Forth, it's just a shame that it's always a bit crowded, and half the clients are peacocks. Never before have I run across so many mullet touting, sunglasses wearing, poser indie kids. That said, I'll still stick to drinking here on a Friday night, worth it for the Archor Steam and apple white beer. Oh - great burgers too.
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Hidden gem
4
I'd have walked right buy this place but a friend pointed it out. it must only seat about twenty people i imagine, but the food is well worth the visit.

The menu is a bit crazy. There are some unique and tasty dishes on there, including a braise shank of lamb and a brilliant prawn dish cooked with vinegar, but there are a few way out there dishes to content with. Jalfrazi lobster for one, i didn't try it, I'm sure it would be a waste of lobster.

The prawn and vinegar however was brilliant, sweet juicy, tasty and with a wonderfully velvertene sauce. Great naan breads too - small but super tasty.

Oh and the waiting staff that evening - she was just fabulous. Attentive without hovering, chatty without being over personal. Great smile too!
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Frankie & Tony's Sandwich Bar
Newcastle Upon Tyne | Sandwich Shops
Home of the 4 tonne sandwich
4
Bacon butties that come with a free coffee.
Sandwiches with so much filling that they are hard to lift.
Staff so chirpy first thing in the morning it makes me want to kill them.
A queue to the door at 12:30
A great logo featuring a heart.

Need I say more?

Well, they bought me in a massive jar of mango pickle at trade price because I couldn't find it myself. I love this place.
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Mistletoe Bakery
5
I love the Mistletoe Bakery! They've served me fresh bread at 2am, the best cornish pasty I've ever eaten (and at 4am). The guys who run the place are either brilliantly friendly or amazingly grumpy.

The bread is brilliant, the pies are brilliant, but it is all definetly seen by night. Through the day, its just a normal bakery. Also be warned, it is very likely to be full of pissed students.
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Good Pho
4
Read some good reviews, and it stood up to them. The plain beef pho was excellent (and huge), the "special pho" ironically wasn't as good. Great summer rolls (like a spring roll but not deep fried) though. Alway fun to share tables too.

It's bring your own booze if you want a drink with your meal, and £2 corkage on bottles of wine, which is pretty good.
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Super noodle soup
3

Wagamama's it's not - and thank goodness.

Wonkies is about as close as you get to Hong Kong noodle houses in the UK as far as I can tell. It's busy, you share tables, the waiters are curt (I refuse to call them rude, they're just very business like), and the food is very fast. Everything comes in plastic bowls, the tables have soy and chilli oil, and there's a good chance that you'll be sitting with somebody you don't know (always more fun).

I really enjoyed their barbequed pork noodle soup, and the won ton soup was good too. The crispy chilli beef was excellent, the lemon chick less so. The whole bill came to £23 quid for two of us, and was way more than we could eat between us. The "starters" definitely outshone the mains, but then again the roast pork and rice on the table next to me looked and smelled excellent.

Worth noting that the décor is dated, the stairway less that clean and your chances of being disgruntled high is you aren't willing to bend you head down and crack on.

Take a bunch of non-fussy eaters, and you'll have a great meal for not a huge amount of cash. Take one fussy person, or be annoyed but one dish being just ok not great, and you'll all hate it.

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Best view?
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There's a long walk down to the loos, and there are a couple of rooms, the beer is good, but the best thing about it... the view.

Wander down to the terrace, turn on the outside heater, and you look out across the Tyne for one of the best kept secret views in the Toon.
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