Hotel du Vin Newcastle is located along the Quayside next to the up and coming Ouseburn Valley. The hotel is housed in the former home of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company, made up from a selection of small warehouses. The hotel has just 42 bedrooms set over 3 floors, all of which are named after a wine ours was Laroche.

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can’t help but like the hotel from the moment you arrive and walk through the cobbled courtyard area to reception with its exposed brick work, light fixture made from champagne glasses, burning fire and local photographs dotting the walls. It manages to get the mix just right by combining older features with modern touches.

Laroche is a terrace room and coincidentally the room which the BBC occupied to film the big fire just the day before. The terrace has a table and chairs with views over the River Tyne, nice for an early morning cuppa /early evening wine.

Inside the room was spacious with high ceilings, a free standing bath, TV, coffee and tea making facilities, huge bed and desk for working – yeah right who are we kidding! The bathroom had a walk in monsoon shower with the usual toiletries and robes (note – WE LOVE A BATHROBE!).

After a soak in the roll top we headed down to the Bistro. We were visiting on a Friday night and the bistro was full with guests and local folk, some of whom we knew and sat on the next table. One of the many joys of living in a small city!

To start we had the moules mariniere which even though they were not in season (no R in May) still tasted pretty, damn fresh. To follow we tried two different fish dishes, the Monk Fish and the Cod both served with tomato based sauces, a side order of tomato and onion salad and new potatoes. Both dishes were generous portions of good quality fish, well thought out and presented perfectly. For dessert it was all about the cheese board, a huge selection on offer which we managed to whittle down to about six.

After dinner we retired to our boudoir and managed to sleep a full 8 hours without a peep. The Hotel du Vin Newcastle gets a big thumbs up, only 10 minutes from the city and great if you’re visiting Newcastle on a relaxing city break.

Room rates from £120. But check the website for the latest offers.

Allan House, City Rd, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne And Wear NE1 2BE