Foodies listen up. We’ve found the first-ever food tour in Newcastle that you have to try
Triple A Tours gives us the chance to experience the range of cuisines that the North East has to offer and here’s what we can expect...
It goes without saying that the North East is home to such a buzzing independent food scene. We’re so lucky to have a range of different cuisines from around the world right on our doorsteps. But why do we find that we continue to go back to go-to foodie spots? There’s so much more out there that we haven’t explored.
But now thanks to our very own local lass Amy Whitfield, who has a big love for her local cuisines, we can now get the taste of Newcastle and Northumberland after she’s launched the first-ever foot tour in the region. This concept was inspired by a trip to New York where she experienced her first food tour and fell in love with the chance of experiencing various dining styles, so she decided to bring home the bacon and Triple A Tours was born.
As you know, here at HLN we love to celebrate local business heart and soul in everything that they do and this is exactly what this tour does. Whether you’re a wine and cheese lover or prefer snazzy street food, there’s something for everyone on this tour that gives you the chance to experience the food that our region has to offer.
Oh, and Triple A Tours have been shortlisted ‘New Business Of The Year’ in the North East Tourism Awards – and it’s not hard to see why. That’s why we caught up with Amy to find out more…
What can we expect on your food tours?
You can expect a really exciting day full of various dining of different experiences at every stop. We sample food and drinks from around the world. Guests who are local often describe the day as a “ticking off your bucket list experience” as they get to try places that they have always wanted to visit all in one day. We also chat about local history as we stroll along. The best part is that all food and drinks are included in the tour.
What happens if you’re a picky eater?
No problem at all. Upon booking, we have a dietary requirements box where guests can fill in any specific dietary requests. It’s a great opportunity to sample food that you wouldn’t necessarily have chosen yourself but don’t worry, there are always alternatives if a guest was particularly not keen on trying something. Vegan and vegetarian guests are very welcome on our tours, too.
What do you love the most about the North East’s culinary scene?
I love how we have some of the best seafood in the country, literally right on our doorstep. We also have such a diverse range of good-quality independent restaurants and eateries right across the region. In the city alone you can experience award-winning street food from the Grainger Market right through to dining at Michelin Guide restaurant, Cookhouse at the Ouseburn. There is so much choice.
What are your favourite spots for your food in the North East?
That’s a difficult question because many of the restaurants are so different but just as fabulous in their own right. Myself and my husband have our “date night place “ which is the French Quarter. It’s somewhere where we love to pitch up on the high stools at the bar with a sharing cheese board and a nice bottle of red wine.
I also love the atmosphere in the Grainger Market. Vegan, Indian street food stop SnackWallah is amazing for flavourful food on the go and so reasonably priced too.
For anyone who already lives in the North East, why should they come along?
If you’re like how I used to be, always going to the same restaurant for birthday celebrations or date nights as you knew it would be good food, our tours provide a service where all restaurants are booked for you. You simply have to show up. It’s an experience that will allow you to explore other places that you either didn’t know existed or have been meaning to try.
Many of our local guests rebook back into the restaurants purely off the back of sampling on our tours. It’s also a great alternative to a birthday party or celebration. We take up to 15 guests for private tours so perfect for family or friend get-togethers!
How are your tours more than just about food?
The tours are a great way to be a tourist in your own city. We walk you through a light just tour as we stop off at restaurants. Over the last 12 months, we have seen the corporate market grow. The tours are perfect for employee incentives or team building (there’s nothing more sociable than eating together).
What’s next for you?
I’m so excited to be launching our first Durham food tour in mid-March. This tour has been in the making for some time now but with Covid, it was out on the back burner for a while. Durham has an incredible independent food scene. There are so many exciting things happening in the city this year. The city is steeped in history too and it also boasts its own indoor market, offering some amazing local produce. With its main train line running easily from Newcastle and Northumberland, it’s a no-brainer way to spend a day exploring your neighbouring city.
Want to find out more information or book your tour visit the website.
Keep an eye on High Life North’s Instagram to see HLN’s Beth experience the food tour for herself.
If you are struggling for something to gift a loved one who loves food, why not treat them to a Triple A Tour gift voucher? Check them out here.