Bridging the Gap
BY Brian Johnston
July 05 2009 11:00 PM ET
New and noteworthy dining experiences include the ambitious British cuisine of Blackfriars (BlackfriarsRestaurant.co.uk) and Café 21 (CafeTwentyOne.co.uk), where chef Terry Laybourne presents seasonal bistro food with considerable flair: Try the venison with wild mushrooms and tarte tatin.
The city also has one of the country's fastest-growing and most vibrant gay scenes in what is referred to as the "gay village" or "pink triangle," a relatively compact area just west of the city center. Actually mostly mixed gay and straight, it has a relaxed vibe, with a good dose of hedonism and humor thrown in; the lumberjack decor of the Eagle leather bar on Scotswood Road-the main gay strip-will amuse Monty Python fans. The lack of pretension in the gay scene is refreshing, epitomized by Camp David (CampDavidNewcastle.com), where an interior of bare brick and chrome furnishings is so unassuming, it's retro cool.
It must be just about the only place in town that looks back to the 1960s, when this northern English city was a blackened post-industrial center with no prospects. Now chic, sleek, and with considerable urban style, Newcastle has its cyclops eye fixed firmly on the future.
- Entertainment News Johnny Weir Scrubs His Bio of Russian Government Work 24 min 7 sec ago
- Transgender HHS to Reevaluate Ban on Gender-Confirming Surgeries 29 min 34 sec ago
- Women WATCH: Mary Lambert's Version of 'Teenage Dirtbag' is a Lesbian Love Song! 1 hour 19 min ago
- Marriage Equality Senate Republicans Introduce 'License to Discriminate' Bill 1 hour 28 min ago
- Entertainment News TV Icon Bob Newhart Scheduled For Antigay Org Event With Rick Santorum 1 hour 49 min ago
- Military Hagel: Full National Guard To Recognize Gay Couples 2 hours 21 min ago
- Day in LGBT America PHOTOS: Follow 24 Hours in LGBT America 12:00 PM