And finally, what are your North East favourites?
My absolute favourite place to go in Newcastle is Waterstones. I love it. I love sitting in the café, looking at the books, watching people walk by. It’s such a beautiful building too.
To eat, I love The Bake in Gosforth. The food there is incredible. I love loads of flavours, so their menu is right up my street. They also recognise their customers and treat everyone as if they’re their favourite customer. It was one of the only places I felt safe when I was deep inside my mental health crisis too, so it’s special to me.
Tynemouth is my favourite place for a walk. King Edwards Bay is such a draw, especially in bad weather. I could stand and watch the waves crash with the Priory in the background, forever.
The Quayside, especially on a Sunday. I’ve always loved the Quayside and enjoyed watching it all develop over the years. It’s great for a night out, the market on a Saturday, the street food, the bridge. When it’s sunny, I could sit there for hours.
Finally, there’s a tiny place called Vicolo at the side of the Tyneside Cinema. They make the best hot chocolate, ever, and it’s so cosy and welcoming. I love the fairy lights, and the art deco feel of it. I could sit at the outside tables at any time of year, drink hot chocolate and watch the world go by.