The beautiful dog friendly beaches just 15 minutes from Jesmond
Today is the second in my a balanced belly travels series the first being my guide to staying gluten free while traveling in the UK and beyond. Today, I’m going to share with you my gluten free Jesmond trip: from where I stayed to what I ate. In case you don’t know, Jesmond is a suburb a few miles away from the centre of Newcastle. We were looking for a new place to explore that was also near to lots of open spaces for the doggies- this worked perfectly as there is a beautiful outdoor area called the Jesmond Dene and the beach (Tynemouth) was only around 15 minutes away. I didn’t know much about the area before going but we really liked it and would definitely return! It had plenty to do without being too hectic like a city centre is.
Where I stayed
The base for the trip was The Rosebery Hotel in Jesmond. I had been looking for a hotel that was gluten-free friendly hotel and also catered for dogs and was actually a really nice place to stay and unwind. After much google searching; I came across The Rosebery and I can honestly say it was one of the nicest and certainly the most accommodating place I’d ever stayed in. It was my first proper trip (outside london which has amazing gluten free restaurants!) since being gluten free so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this hotel just blew me away.
Firstly, let’s just take a look at some of the gorgeous decor; the hotel is known for its quirky vintage style and almost all of the furniture is upcycled; each piece has a story (including our beautiful bath that was over a hundred years old.). You would think that with such attention to design, they’d be anti-pets but the owners love for dogs shone through: they even provided little beds and snacks for Bella and Stevie- I know there’s lots of dog-friendly hotels but this just goes the extra mile and such a welcome change from places where there are so many restrictions for bringing a dog.
We stayed in a family room- the biggest in the house-because the double room we had been planning to stay in was being used by a guest who needed ground floor accomodation. This worked out perfectly for us because it gave us plenty of space for the dogs and all our bits. It also had the world’s most amazing bath with again all upcycled furniture.
The best bit for me as a visitor with multiple dietary restrictions, is that the room had a little area in the corner with a small dining table; a fridge; a grill and a toaster. This was just perfect for us as it meant we could start the day with a safe free-from breakfast and bring food back to the room. As any free- frommer knows, we almost pack a suitcase full of extra food but I didn’t need to as I was greeted by this little hamper on arrival.
It contained everything from cereal to gluten free bread and even a copy of Free-From Heaven to flick through. What’s more, in our fridge was fresh juice, almond milk, soya yoghurt and fruit. This was such a thoughtful touch and the favourite part of my stay was sitting on the little dining table with my breakfast feast. Breakfast can be such a tricky thing to navigate when on holiday.
Where I ate
Breakfasts were based in the hotel but I stumbled across a few favourites when exploring a gluten free Jesmond.
Fat Hippo is a burger joint that has several branches in Newcastle; one of which is situated in Jesmond. I was really excited to checkout their gluten free burger menu and it did not disappoint at all! We opted for a huge plate of gluten free nachos for our starter and then tried out a chicken burger for the main- I was very impressed with the waitress who talked us through the menu and explained everything was cooked in seperate friers to avoid cross-contamination. My non gluten husband said it was one of the best burgers he’d ever tasted and I’m inclined to agree as the free from choices were just as impressive.
Nudo Sushi Box
This sushi restaurant had a huge range of really reasonably priced sushi; which we grabbed a couple of times and ate back at the hotel to avoid leaving the dogs for long. I was really impressed with the amount of gluten free choice but didn’t think to check for dairy free since I’ve never known sushi to contain dairy- on our second night I realized the sushi contained Lactose; which I’m intolerant to. It’s not their fault at all as I only mentioned gluten but just a word of caution should you be both gluten and dairy free.
Clean and Press
Clean and Press is a juice bar which also offers plenty of raw gluten free treats. I nipped in a few times to grab a cold pressed juice and there was a whole range of gluten and dairy free snacks which was great to see.
Overall, we had a great time in Jesmond- I would really recommend The Rosebery for a romantic night away if you are gluten free or are looking for a place to chill out with your fluffy friends.
Disclaimer: The Rosebery Hotel and Fat Hippo offered me a complimentary stay/meal in return for my honest opinion on the blog. I haven’t stopped raving about both since so please be rest assured that all my opinions are very much my own.