Little Black Book

Welcome to High Life North’s Little Black Book.

This will be your go-to guide for making the most of living the High Life in the North East. We have curated a list of the best of the North East’s independent and small business scene, from hairdressers to hotels, cafes to co-working spaces.

With inclusion within this directory based on a subscription model, you can be sure that the information about the businesses included will be up-to-date, and you’ll find our top tips within these pages as well. As lovers of this fantastic region ourselves, the HLN team has taken on the hard task of trying out a whole host of North East businesses, restaurants, cafes and more to bring you the best of the best.

Have a look to discover our top choices for places to eat, drink, stay, shop and explore. Make sure you subscribe to our e-letter as we’ll be dedicating Friday’s to the Little Black Book, with ideas, tips and offers for the week ahead.

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Coquet Cottages

140 luxury holiday homes across the best coast and countryside locations in Northumberland.

The Big Banh

Vietnamese Inspired Sandwich and Coffee bar - It all started with the Big Bánh!


Meet Acropolis – the award-winning street food vendor bringing authentic Greek cuisine to the North East

The Good Tempered Chocolate Company

Local chocolatiers making delicious chocolate in plenty of interesting and always on the mark flavours. Don't miss them if you spot them at a market and definitely hit 'buy' if you're browsing the website.

Studio 28 Patisserie

Studio 28 Patisserie is a small high end chocolate and pastry shop in Hoult’s Yard.

Point Blank Shooting

A state-of-the-art simulation shooting range and the ultimate, competitive socialising experience!

Robinson’s Alnwick

If you’re looking for… well, just about anything, you’ll be able to find it in Robinson’s Alnwick.

Flight Sim Centre

Flight Sim Centre is Europe’s largest flight simulator – where you can ‘pilot’ everything from the Boeing 737s, to Cherokees, Spitfires and helicopters.

North Chocolates

Described as ‘more desirable than world peace’... Introducing the award-winning North Chocolates, handmade by Bev Stephenson in Newcastle Upon Tyne since 2013.

Twenty Nine Degrees

Handcrafted exquisite chocolates in a variety of interesting and exciting flavours.

Circe Flower Co

Circe [Ser-see] Flower Co is an artisan florist and plant shop based on Hill Street, Corbridge.


PureKnead is an artisan bakery with a highly skilled team of bakers, producing a range of treats from quality ingredients. The products reflect PureKnead's ethos of pure ingredients without unnecessary additives or chemicals.

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