Nelly Elliott

Newcastle based person, she/her, mama, creative, colourful, caffeinated, plus-size fashion lover, lefty feminist killjoy #funbutmakeitfashion


Jesmond Food Market @ Armstrong Bridge

I love Newcastle, it has so many hidden depths and gems to discover, and despite living here for 13 years now I am still finding new places to go. One of our favourite free places to visit with Zoe at the moment is Jesmond Dene. She can safely toddler about, and loves chatting to the chickens and ducks at Pets Corner.

Every third Saturday of the month there is a food market on Armstrong Bridge, which overlooks the Dene. It is such a hidden gem, and so many wonderful local food sellers and producers bring their wares. We decided to nip down on the Metro to the March market and we were not disappointed.

We got there for opening time (10am), so not everyone was fully set up yet, Zoe had fallen asleep on the way, so I took the chance to grab a flat white from OCC, and perch myself on a curb to watch the world go by. Paul had a few errands to run, so met us there, grabbing some Fat Hippo bacon sandwiches before heading for a wander through the Dene and the obligatory trip to Pets Corner.

By the time we'd exhausted ourselves running around pointing at all of the animals, it was 11:30, and so we decided to grab an early lunch before heading home. Paul opted for a Brisket Roll from Longhorns, and I went for a HUGE chicken shawarma from Papa Ganoush.

I took my proper camera for a change, so thought I'd share some of the pictures I took. I am slowly but surely getting a bit better at using my DSLR. I read this post recently which has really helped improve my photography.

I couldn't resist grabbing some of this amazing Smoked Stilton from the Northumbrian Smokehouse stall. They had some samples, and this stilton while being fairly mild for a blue cheese, was packed full of smokey flavour and creaminess. Look out for it in a recipe soon.

The next market is on the 16th April, follow them on Twitter for updates on the sellers that will be there (it changes each month).


  1. Newcastle Family Life31 March 2016 at 10:26

    Oh I will have to visit here sometime. I never visit Jesmond dene with my little ones, I really should as they would love it xx


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