WATCH: James Corden and co do Carpool Karaoke – Christmas style

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without a sing-along and James Corden has taken his Carpool Karaoke to heights even Mariah Carey’s head voice would struggle to reach.

The latest clip, part of Corden’s US talk show The Late Late Show, features a slew of past guests singing All I Want For Christmas (Is You) including the song’s originator Mariah, as well as Adele, Chris Martin, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Gwen Stefani and Elton John. It’s the most star-studded edition of the British talk show host’s popular segment yet. It begins with Corden asking Carey, who is currently performing in her holiday-themed show at the Beacon Theatre in New York, what the best gift she could receive would be. “I want you sing my song!” she tells him, before launching into one of her biggest hits.

It also tops of a stellar year for the host, having hosted the Grammys, Brits and the Tonys, starring in films Trolls and Norm of the North and being outed as quite possibly the nicest man in showbiz.

Watch the video below:

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Get your Christmas all wrapped up by the Children’s Foundation and Intu Eldon Square

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As Christmas Day fast approaches, shops are buzzing with people grabbing those last-minute gifts. But as you flash the cash and leave laden with bags full of presents, don’t fret about the dreaded wrapping because there’s help at hand.

The Children’s Foundation have teamed up with Intu Eldon Square and set up their annual wrapping stand to take some of the pressure off you this festive season. Shoppers can leave their gifts with the stand’s volunteers and have them wrapped up super fancy, in return for a donation. You can choose from a range of wrapping paper, ribbon and bows (the flashing bows are major, FYI). All gift wrap has been kindly donated by local businesses and the stand is run completely by volunteers.

The stand was launched this year by cast members from the Tyne Theatre’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, last Friday. They follow in the footsteps of other famous faces who have launched the scheme in the past, including Pam Royle and Ian Payne from ITV Tyne Tees, former Emmerdale star Charlie Hardwick and Heart Radio’s Justin and Kelly.

The Children’s Foundation aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in the North East and North Cumbria by tackling issues like distress, disability and disadvantage. The charity is based at the RVI in Newcastle and last year helped over 30,000 children.

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Above: The Children’s Foundation helps children across the North East and Cumbria

Jonathan Clegg is the Community and Events Fundraiser for the charity. “This is the tenth year of the wrap stand and so far over £25,000 has been raised,” he told us. “Last year it raised over £6,000 and we hope to beat that this year.

We always have the same people come back year after year and it’s always nice to see some familiar faces.”

I stopped by the stand to get the full wrap experience and was suitably impressed with Jonathan’s elf skills! See for yourself…

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Make sure you stop by the stand and donate if you can. It really is all for a fantastic cause and what better time than Christmas time to give back. Any donations are welcome and will all go to helping The Children’s Foundation continue their brilliant work.

The stand is located outside of Kurt Geiger and opposite John Lewis in Eldon Square and is open 10.00-18.00 Monday-Saturday and 12.00-16.00 Sunday and Christmas Eve.

From supermarkets to Heathrow Airport – Our pick of the best Christmas ads this year

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And for the retail industry, it’s by far the most lucrative. And whilst there’s plenty of things to get excited about at Christmas (namely parties, guilt-free carb-loading, parties, days off and more parties) festive TV ads are up there. Whether it’s John Lewis’ Bear and the Hare or Shirley Bassey and her mates going all Bond girl for M&S, Christmas TV ads have become a talking point in the past few years. Take a look at our pick of the best of the big-hitters this year.

Waitrose

Never let it be said that an advert can’t take you on an emotional roller coaster. Waitrose’s tale of a robin who goes on the adventure of a lifetime, across stormy seas and sprawling landscapes all to get a taste of one of the store’s fancy mince pies, is like a movie trailer. The moral of the story? Be nice. Be kind. Help each other out and you’ll get your reward.

Sainsburys

Sainsbury’s ad divides people as soon as it begins: soundtracked by the dulcet tones of Mr James Corden, who seems to be of the Marmite variety for most, it uses quirky animation to list everything that could go wrong at Christmas but also exactly what makes Christmas the best time of the year, and that’s family time. And it’s all in aid of Great Ormond Street. Lovely.

Heathrow Airport

Paddington? Keep him. Winnie the Pooh? Who? It’s all about Edward Bair and his lady friend as they arrive home from their holidays in Heathrow Airport’s new ad. Just as you’re falling in love with the cute pair, as Edward fumbles with his glasses in order to read the signs or knocks over a shortbread display in duty free (he is a laugh a minute) they are met with their grandkids and it turns out they’re regular old Nan and Grandad from Lewisham or somewhere just as mundane (probably) Adorable nonetheless.

WWF

The only ad in the list that isn’t trying to flog you anything, the World Wildlife Fund have released this one to encourage people to donate to the charity and try and protest one of the planet’s most majestic, but endangered, animals: the tiger. The clip sees a family nursing an injured tiger back to health, before releasing it back into the wild. Both poignant and unsettling that these beautiful creatures could become extinct in the very near future, it’s stunning.

TK Maxx

Probably the least sentimental of the bunch, TK Maxx has gone for comedy rather than schmaltz. The family in the ad are propped around the piano in a seemingly traditional scene, before launching into a rather-hilarious acapella rendition of Misirlou, aka the iconic Pulp Fiction song, gargling granny and all. A firm favourite of ours from the car boot sale of the high street.

Amazon

Our favourite of the whole bunch. In the current climate, where hatred is rife and hope sometimes stifled, this one from Amazon is particularly poignant. It shows the friendship between a Christian vicar and a Muslim Imam and how we’re all not as different as you might think. It went viral on premiering and rightly so. Let’s all show a little more compassion this Christmas.

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M&S has a reputation of really pulling it out of the stocking when it comes to their ad campaigns throughout the year. But Christmas always brings out the best in them. Remember Shirley Bassey slaying Get This Party Started with her gaggle of supermodel pals? Iconic. This year’s effort isn’t quite as memorable but it’s chic nonetheless and sees Mrs claus taking matters into her own hands #GirlPower.

John Lewis

The one everyone anticipates every year, impressing customers is always a tall order for John Lewis. They’ve given us the Bear and the Hare, the super-cute penguins, the snowman love story and the Man in the Moon, who quite frankly, was a bit creepy. This year, it’s all about an energetic boxer dog named Buster who just wants to get involved with his little girl owner’s new trampoline, all soundtracked by a beautiful cover of One Day I’ll Fly Away by Vaults. Who can resist a naughty puppy? SOMEONE WITH A HEART OF STONE, THAT’S WHO.

INTERVIEW: PlastiQ on pretending to be Lady Gaga, going “totally off the rails” and gracing the stage at the O2 Academy

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Newcastle DJ and cabaret performer PlastiQ is on the bill of what promises to be one of the most exciting shows of the year for drag fans. Stars from mega hit US TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as home grown talent and the odd living legend, will be taking to the stage at the O2 Academy Newcastle next month for the Klub Kids Comedy Christmas Extravaganza.

And looking at the now polished performer who is quickly becoming one of the best-known faces in North East drag, she’s certainly come a long way from once being described by Boulevard’s Miss Rory as “a little bit sloppy and a little bit messy.”

“I first got into drag for a talent competition back when I was a member of the youth Parliament (really) in 2010,” she tells me. “It wasn’t really drag – I was pretty much a boy in a lace jumpsuit and blonde wig dancing around the stage pretending to be Lady Gaga.”

Donning wigs and commanding an audience would become more prominent in her life when she entered Drag Idol, an X Factor-style contest for amateur drag queens, last year, which she describes as her “first true attempt” at drag. 

“My make-up was shocking but my outfit was cute.”

Each week in the competition, much like The X Factor, the performers take on a theme as they are eliminated one by one before taking to the grand stage at Boulevard in the final. Although there was no backstabbing or Showgirls-style sabotage in the race for the crown. “Drag Idol never felt like a competition. I feel we had a really strong year and it gave birth to a lot of the new drag queens that have become regular faces on the Newcastle scene,” she says, with a flip of Marilyn-esque blonde hair. “But everyone was really good friends and we all wanted to see each other succeed.

I was happy with my experience and owe my entire career to it.”

She came third in the contest and went out on a high, with praise from the judges and local press, although the good times didn’t last for long. “After Drag Idol, if I’m 100 per cent honest I totally went off the rails. The popularity of the competition opened me up to a lot of people who were poisonous to my life without me realising. I fell into the wrong crowds and doing things I really shouldn’t have been and it wasn’t until months afterwards I started getting my life together. I have no regrets when it comes to the decisions I made following the competition, I’m just glad I learnt from them.”

Weeding out said ‘poisonous’ influences allowed PlastiQ to kick start her career properly. “When I finally sorted myself out I started working for Project:Homo in Sunderland. Then around Newcastle and I think I’ve worked everywhere now!

In January, I had the pleasure of performing in an interim show at Funny Girls in Blackpool and hosted the main stage at Newcastle Pride with the fabulous Gloria Hole.”

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The Christmas Comedy Extravaganza, which will play host to Drag Race alum like Alaska and Willam, as well as legendary drag queen Lady Bunny and Newcastle’s own Miss Rory, is being produced by Klub Kids. The alternative club promoters, headed up by DJ and businessman Andrew Hoyle and inspired by the cult film Party Monster, has become one of the most popular outlets for more left-of-field performers. What do you expect from a company whose newest club night is called Hooker Knees?

“Klub Kids has opened a lot of opportunities for me, including the Christmas Comedy show. It was a really exciting opportunity for me and obviously I jumped at the chance,” she says, adding that she is most excited to see ‘legendary’ drag queen Lady Bunny perform. “I’m looking forward to it as it’ll give people an opportunity to see me in a different light as most people aren’t aware that I do stand-up as they’re so used to seeing me in a DJ box.”

And after the show is over?

“I’ve loads of things in the pipeline. I’m going to continue working with Gloria and Anna (Morphic, another Newcastle queen) on our shows. I’m also working on producing a solo show that I hope to debut next year at some point. It’ll be a good mix of cabaret and stand-up. Well that’s the hope!

I have a lot of TV stuff that I wish I could say more about but I’m sworn to secrecy. But it’s all very exciting!”

She may have lost the Drag Idol competition but she won a host of fans, and in bagging high profile gigs, she’s proving all that glitters isn’t always gold…sometimes it’s PlastiQ.

Klub Kids Newcastle presents…Comedy Christmas Extravaganza is at the O2 Academy on December 11. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 477 2000 or online here

Photos: LAH Photography, Louise Crosby and Junkyard Studios

WATCH: NBC’s Hairspray Live! releases first trailer and it’s MAJOR

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We’ve been treated to clips of rehearsals and interviews with the star-studded cast but now the first trailer for NBC’s upcoming TV spectacle Hairspray Live! and it’s pretty great.

The trailer shows the cast, which is headed up by newcomer Maddie Baillio and star of the original Broadway show, Harvey Fierstein, singing and dancing to the inimitable score Marc Shaiman and Scott Witman. The musical, which is following in the footsteps of other televised live musicals like Fox’s Grease Live and the UK’s attempt at The Sound of Music on ITV, will also feature Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Kristin Chenoweth, Ariana Grande and a host of others.

The show has been written by Fierstein and original choreographer Jerry Mitchell is also on board.

The musical airs in the States on December 7 but a UK airing date has yet to be announced.

Watch the trailer below:

Meet the cast in the video below:

Photo/Videos: NBC

 

REVIEW: The Lady in the Van – “Anne Cater delivers one of the best performances I have ever seen on the stage.”

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It is a story that has intrigued me ever since I first heard it a few years back when it was being made into a film starring Maggie Smith, the star of the original play. Beguiling and bonkers, Alan Bennett’s play about his encounter with a homeless stranger that lasted almost two decades is sounds too good to be true. But it is.

The play tells the bizarre story of Bennett’s friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman and one of life’s great eccentrics, a friendship that lead to Bennett allowing her to park her van in his driveway and live there for 15 years.

“No one knew her well. Even I didn’t know her well. But I knew what she was like.” That was the playwright describing the eponymous lady after her death. On this basis, it seems inaccurate to call this a story of friendship, as the two were seemingly never close enough to be considered friends, but more so neighbours, whether Bennett liked it or not. “One seldom was able to do her a good turn without some thoughts of strangulation.” Quite.

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Anne Cater played the role in the last staging of the play in Newcastle in 2007 (still the only North East production prior to this one) and her performance was described as ‘startlingly good’ by The Journal. Not having been witness to that turn, I have nothing to compare Cater to on this occasion but I can certainly see why the press fawned over her. She is captivating in the part. It would have been easy, and undeniably humorous, to make a caricature of Mary for cheap laughs. Mary is, without a doubt, a comic character at times; she compares herself to St Bernadette and implies she should be canonized. But, she is much more than that: an elderly woman in ill health, a feisty battle axe who likens herself to the Iron Lady, a woman who has lived a very full life, and a tragic heroine. One story about her mistreatment at the hands of some nasty nuns brought a lump to my throat. At times it could be Dame Maggie on stage; whether or not that is a good thing is up for debate, whether Cater’s performance is a straight copy of the film or whether that is just what is required for the character. In my opinion, it is the latter and Cater delivers one of the best performances I have ever seen on the stage.

Bennett himself is played by two actors, who bicker throughout over the mixed feelings he has for the woman who plonked her mobile home outside of his house and refused to leave. Sean Burnside and Ian Willis play the two sides of the man brilliantly, with great contrast. I originally thought I would enjoy more the performance of the shorter, more stout and more obviously comedic Willis, who represents Bennett’s inner thoughts but Burnside, as the man himself, creates ample laughs and really shares the limelight with Cater. One of the final scenes where Bennett pushes Miss Shepherd round in her wheelchair is a sheer delight and a wonderful moment shared between Burnside and Cater.

A touching lament of how friendship, or something near enough, comes in all shapes and sizes (and lasts longer than one may originally think or hope) the play has heart in abundance and shows us again how one, as cliché as it may be, should never judge a book by its cover. Or a lady by the van she may or may not live in.

The Lady In The Van is running until Saturday November 19. Tickets start from £11 and are available in person at the box office, by calling 0191 265 5020 or by visiting their website here

Photo: Dianne Edwards

REVIEW: Il Tabarro/Suor Angelica, Theatre Royal – “brimming with the attributes one hears so much about and anticipates so greatly. High drama, personified.”

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I’d heard so much about Leeds-based company Opera North before attending one of their productions, that I forgot this was actually my first opera – ever. In a sea of fur coats and suited gents shouting ‘brava!’ I wondered whether they could make it accessible to me.

Part of their current season, this double bill – Puccini’s Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica – proved the perfect introduction to the art form for an opera newbie in that both shows were only one act each. Both were brimming with the attributes one hears so much about and anticipates so greatly; drama, affairs of the heart, murder and the longing for forbidden love, if you plan on seeing the production when it moves to Salford, Nottingham or Edinburgh, you’re in for quite a treat.

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Il Tabarro began the night’s performances. Set on a docked barge, we are introduced to Michele, his wife Giorgetta and a band of men who work for them. We soon learn that Giorgetta and worker Luigi are in the throes of a passionate affair, one that has not gone unnoticed by Michele. Luigi tells Michele that he wishes to leave the barge, but Michele persuades him to stay. When he learns of Luigi’s reasoning, that he can no longer bear the thought of sharing her with someone else, he seizes Michele and forces him to confess – resulting in Michele gruesomely murdering his love rival and hiding his body beneath his cloak. Giorgetta, after being reminded of the love she has for her husband, returns to Luigi and begs to be enfolded once more in his cloak. Luigi then opens the garment to reveal her lover’s corpse.

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Ivan Inverardi and Giselle Allen are a dynamic match as Michele and Giorgetta. He is brooding and overbearing from the start, whereas her vulnerability and longing to be loved is the perfect contradiction. David Butt Philip brings great masculinity to his role as Luigi and anchors the piece, flitting between interaction with the other two. All three, along with the rest of the company, deliver stunning vocal performances – the beautiful singing heightens the eerie setting of the barge further, especially during the dance scene at the beginning of the piece. The finale atop of the boat is menacing and upsetting in equal measure and the grand reveal of Luigi’s dead body by Michele is everything you would expect from the piece – high drama, personified.

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Suor Angelica takes us on a more traditional journey. Set in a convent, Sister Angelica is in inner turmoil over the child she gave up years earlier. She wishes for nothing more than news from home, which she finally gets from visiting aunt, the Princess. She has come to inform Angelica that her sister is to be married and also, with reluctance, reveals that the child Angelica gave up has died. Alone and devastated, she prepares a fatal potion and as she takes her own life, she prays for mercy.

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In my opinion the superior of the two pieces, Suor Angelica was stunning. Made up of an all-female company, led fiercely by Anne-Sophie Duprels, it felt more like what I was expecting from my first foray into opera. Duprels’ innocence at the beginning, followed by her strength, or arguably weakness, as she kills herself had me in her grip throughout. The finale, as she walks naked towards her child in heaven, was emotional if a somewhat bizarrely modern contrast to the otherwise simplistic production. Soraya Mafi as Sister Genoveva and Louise Collett as the Monitor Sister were other standouts, although the whole cavalry of nuns could not be faulted. Like in Il Tabarro, the convent setting was used sufficiently and provided context for the stripped back simplicity of the nuns’ existence.

Conducted by Jac Van Steen and Anthony Kraus, the orchestra was lovely, although I wish I could have heard them a little clearer. They seemed somewhat restrained and therefore didn’t fill the entire theatre like one would expect from such a large band.

Opera North has made a new fan in me. Murder, love triangles and nuns in despair – what’s not to like? Add to that a gaggle of homegrown performers, as well as fantastic international talent, and you have an irresistible show. By the end, I found myself wanting to join in with the chorus of ‘brava!’ and next time, I think I just might. (Editor’s note: no fur coat needed.)

Opera North will continue their season in Salford, Nottingham and Edinburgh. For tickets and more details, click here

WATCH: Gal Gadot slays in new Wonder Woman trailer

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The word fierce has never applied so much than it does to the latest trailer for upcoming superhero flick, Wonder Woman.

In the clip, released yesterday, Amazonian warrior Diana Prince (played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot) is shown defending her homeland against attackers. It doesn’t give too much away about the film’s plot but it looks pretty stunning. It opens with our heroine saying, “I used to want to save the world. This beautiful place. But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within.” All the feels.

Wonder Woman is the latest D.C comics adaptation to hit the big screen. The film, also starring Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright and David Thewlis, is out next year.

On the Toon…My night at the inaugural Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards

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Last week saw the people behind the North East’s best businesses mix with the beautiful people of television, and the odd celebrity guest, as the first ever Tyne and Wear Lifestyle Awards took place.

Newcastle’s Discovery Museum proved a beautiful venue for the great and the good to assemble as prizes in categories like Best Bar, Best Fashion Retailer and Best Live Experience were handed out. And as special guest, pop star Sinitta, said, it was the perfect opportunity to find out just where you can get the best cup of coffee in the North East, where you should be checking in for the night and where you should be getting your hair did!

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(The grand Discovery Museum, our venue for the night)

The Lifestyle Awards is the brain child of PR guru Jason Gale, who was in attendance on the night along with his partner Sinitta. After public voting, a panel decided on the eventual winners.

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(Me and special guest Sinitta)

As an awards do newbie, I was grateful and relieved to be introduced to a fellow blogger on arrival. Also riding solo, Pixie Tenenbaum (below) a fashionista I had heard lots about through mutual friends, became my date whether she liked it or not. After posing on the red carpet and grabbing a complementary glass of fizz, we were frantically pulled aside by the lovely Hazel Pude and Melissa Crawford from The Lowdown, Made in Tyne and Wear’s hit TV show, for a live interview. We ended up having a ball together – our table was a mix of Made TV talent, PR and the lovely Donna Petch, who is behind the marketing powerhouse The North East Hub. We dined on a delicious three courses, ranging from a Geordie delicacy with a twist (ham hock terrine with a peas pudding sauce and fresh stottie) to corn-fed chicken supreme with gratin dauphinoise to a Sicilian lemon tart with macerated berries and cream. All superb.

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(Fashion blogger Pixie Tenenbaum)

Entertainment was provided by The Mimic Men, an impressionist double act last seen storming Britain’s Got Talent, and the rowdy room was kept in check (just!) by hosts from Made in Tyne and Wear, Peter Darrant, and the lovely Hazel and Mel (below).

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(Hosts Hazel Pude and Melissa Crawford from The Lowdown)

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(Two of the winners of the night – Mister Woods took home Best Coffee Shop)

It was wonderful to see the eclectic mix of talent our region has and lovely to not only recognize a lot of the winning faces but also make new friends. It is events like this that really shine a spotlight on regional businesses and let the rest of the country know what we already do; that the North East is a truly unique place to live.

A big thank you to lovely Fran from Made TV for the invitation and looking after us and the rest of the team for helping pull off a fantastic event. Sore heads all round the morning after, no doubt. Looking forward to the next one.

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The full list of winners:

Best Coffee Shop – Mister Woods

Best Pub – City Tavern

Best Fashion Retailer – Have To Love

Best Hair and Beauty – Patrick Forster Barber and Shop

Best Hotel – Malmaison

Best Bar – The Botanist

Best Cultural Attraction – National Glass Centre

Best Restaurant – River Beat

Best Club – House of Smith

Best Fitness Facility – Model Health

Best Live Experience – Great North Run

Legend Award – Colin Burgin-Plews (Big Pink Dress)

REVIEW: George’s Great British Kitchen – “a refined and dynamic twist on the traditional”

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When the multi-million pound Grey’s Quarter investment was announced as an addition to Newcastle’s Eldon Square, I was both intrigued and apprehensive. Did the city really need more generic chain restaurants? Or would it be all pulled pork and hipster craft beers? These feelings turned to excitement and BIG, BOISTEROUS hunger pains when I discovered George’s Great British Kitchen would be one of the eateries holding (food) court in the new development.

Although the second opening (after their successful Nottingham venture) I had never heard of George’s. My excitement was merely the result of looking at their quirky online website and traditional-cum-contemporary menu.

Things got off to a great start with Pigs Under Duvets; an update on the festive favourite complete with bubble and squeak mash and honey mustard, and George’s posh take on a scotch egg, perfectly cooked inside with a side of piccalilli.

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I plumped for the Geordie Saveloy Pie – layers of saveloy sausage, mushy peas, pork-sage and onion stuffing with homemade onion gravy, encased in pastry. The pie is topped caramelised onion crumble and served with Newcastle Brown Ale salt, mouth-wateringly good, twice-cooked chips and more gravy. This dish is exclusive to the Newcastle restaurant and by god did it make this Geordie lad happy. Moreish AND satisfying – a funny combo, but this is a funny place. I certainly didn’t bet on saveloy ever being a dinner favourite outside of Dickson’s but it just works so well. We also had the “Proper Dirty” double burger, which is chuck and brisket, grilled in the Inka with red leicester and a ‘frickle’ – a fried pickle. Served pink, the meat was to die for. Far from being proper dirty, it was heavenly.

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Desserts range from the kooky (doughnuts with chocolate dipping sauce and candy floss) to more traditional fare like orange tarts and apple pies. Too full to indulge, we passed – not an easy choice when giant puffs of floss are floating by your table all night. Next time…

The food is rich and homely, but by no means amateur. George’s puts a refined and dynamic twist on favourites like pie and mash and chippy teas but delivers them in a sophisticated way that doesn’t feel like a bearded hipster knocked it up and served it on a slate or in a watering can.

Like any new restaurant, the place was frantic. In stark contrast to the serene décor of quaint seaside life, the buzz of the new business’ opening week didn’t let up all night – although this didn’t affect the service. Staff were attentive and positively charming (shout out to our waitress Jayne, who was a gem) throughout the night and gave us the history of the place from its roots in Nottingham. The barman even recommended a different wine when our first choice wasn’t available.

I read a review recently that mused that food should do the talking, and that gimmicks in restaurants aren’t necessary. I loved the gimmicks here. Plush cod toys and bowler hats adorned every free table top and booths are named after seaside favs like Whitley Bay and Amble. Chandeliers hang harmoniously with shabby-chic railings and wooden fixtures, without any of it feeling forced: It so easily have come off pretentious. My favourite aesthetic is the menus in the style of newspapers – a lovely touch of nostalgia.

This place could be a reviewer’s dream; plenty of fodder for the Instagram generation, with props and selfie opportunities galore. But it’s far from a case of style over substance – as the Pub Landlord might say, beautiful British food from a beautiful British name, George’s kitchen is well and truly open and I’ve got a feeling I’ll be going back for seconds.

George’s Great British Kitchen is part of the new Grey’s Quarter development in Eldon Square. To book a table, call 0191 230 4229 or visit their website here