Enigma Tap, North Shields’ First Micropub

I’ve been waiting to write this post for what feels like an age! I was so excited when I heard the news that North Shields’ was getting it’s first ever micropub, and even more excited when Abbie and Luke reached out to me on twitter a few weeks ago, and invited me to have a look around mid-renovation, and then again for their trade launch last week. Continue reading “Enigma Tap, North Shields’ First Micropub”

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Sunday Lunch at How Do You Do, North Shields

After a lovely mooch around Tynemouth on a Sunday Morning, I was hungry and fancying going out for lunch. My Auntie recommended How Do You Do in North Shields. I’ve been here before, a few years ago, and had mixed thoughts, particularly around the pricing of the food and a double-booked baby shower experience, however my Auntie reassured me that they’d had a rethink of the menu and that is was worth a visit.

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How to get tickets for Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival. The Big One. Home of the Pyramid Stage, cows and beautiful sunsets. It dominates the press while it’s on, and seems to some the most elusive club to get into, because tickets are so bloody hard to get! This Sunday, 7th October, tickets for the 2019 festival go on sale.

I’m lucky that I’ve been 4 times, 2013 – 2016, seeing headliners including Arctic Monkeys, The Rolling Stones, Metallica and Adele. I chose to not go in 2017 after failing to get tickets in the October sale and then booking a holiday to New York instead, but I still shed a few tears at work the June weekend it was on! 2018 was a fallow year, meaning there was no festival, and also means that I’m desperate to return.

T-day, or Ticket Day is a military operation. I treat it like that anyways, and have my rituals and superstitions that I just have to follow. I like to be sitting online on the page (glastonbury.seetickets.com) from about 8:30 to get in the (imaginary) pre-queue. Sounds sad, but I’ve always done it and it’s nearly always worked! I make sure I’ve got a cup of tea or coffee nearby and I flex my F5 refresh finger! I’ve got all of the registrations and postcodes in a word document ready to copy and paste over. I’ve got my bank card ready. I take deep breaths to steady my nerves. I dare to dream of that first sip of West Country cider…

Speaking of registration numbers, you should know that you NEED to be registered to purchase a Glastonbury ticket. This involves uploading a passport style picture which is printed on your ticket. This prevents ticket touting. Unfortunately registration closed on 1st of October, so if you’re reading this and you’re not registered I’d stop here – sorry!

Get the squad prepared in advance. Tickets can be purchased in groups of up to 6, so make sure you know who’s in your group, and that each member has everybody’s registration number and postcode for when the time comes! Can’t afford 6 tickets? Don’t worry, on October T-Day only a deposit of £50 per ticket is required at time of booking, which gives a bit of breathing room and time to save up!

9am ticks over…refresh refresh refresh. You might get that damn holding page if you’re lucky, counting down to a refresh, which FYI you can refresh yourself. If not, you get the white screen of “Pleaseeeeee, just let me in!”.

If the Ticket Gods are shining on you, the elusive enter registration page appears… frantically copy-pasting and typing, terrified of missing a number. Top tip: as touched on above, have each of your festival family’s registrations and postcodes typed out in a word document, ready to copy and paste quickly, even your card details if you’ve got extra jittery fingers!

You wait for payment to go through, and you get a booking reference. You refresh your email inbox until you see the confirmation. You’re going!

Or, a sickening thought that I hope you or I don’t experience on Sunday, but you don’t get anywhere near. The @seetickets Twitter feed keeps gloating, 25% gone, 50% gone, SOLD OUT. How can they be sold out you didn’t even get a chance! You shout out at the injustice of it all. You tell yourself it will probably rain and he a mud fest anyways and try and move on with your life.

Don’t worry, dry your tears, and don’t pack those wellies away just yet. Historically, there is a resale in April, of any returned tickets, i.e. those who haven’t paid off the rest of the balance. It’s definitely possible, as I got there in 2014 through the April resale!

Good Luck! Whichever way it goes for you this Sunday, keep faith and I’ll see you on the farm!

For official ticket sale information and FAQ’s, visit the Glastonbury website

Platform 2, Craft Beer in Tynemouth

There’s a new pub on the Craft Beer Scene, this time at Tynemouth Metro Station, in the former Porter’s Cafe.

I had a little look around on Sunday, which also happened to be their opening day! They went for a low key soft opening, and I’d only heard about it from a Craft Beer Newcastle facebook page I follow.

We had a little mooch around Tynemouth Market (perfect way to spend a rainy Sunday), and popped our heads in for a drink.

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York: Pubs, Food and Sights

Due to buying a home, and new jobs, we didn’t get an abroad holiday this summer, but instead decided to go for a night in York. I’d only been to York on school trips and once with my dad (I fainted in York Dungeon so we’ll not dwell on it!), so I was looking forward to enjoying the sights as an adult (read: sampling the local pubs).

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