Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gamble Here Is One That Pays Off

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Gamble Here Is One That Pays Off

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FREYA'S Aspers Casino, The Gate, Newcastle Tel: 0191 255 0400 ODDS are that if you are not a gambling person you have probably not yet tasted the delights of Freya's.

That would be a shame as the restaurant is probably one of Newcastle city centre's best-kept secrets.

It is situated inside Aspers, the casino at The Gate, and if that puts you off for whatever reason, really it shouldn't.

For while you do pass the playing tables, slots and machines, once at Freya's itself you are removed from any feeling of a casino environment.

As long as you are 18 years or over (and look over 21, otherwise you will need a photo ID) then I would thoroughly recommend trying this place out.

I've eaten here several times since it opened in 2005 and have yet to be disappointed.

Named after Donna Air's girl Freya, it is a lovely eatery with equally lovely staff.

Which brings me on to Gavin, who looked after my two hot dates and I for the night superbly.

I remembered Gavin from my last time here and he certainly is a real treasure.

Funny, chatty and knowledgeable about the food he is bringing to the table, he is what all front-of-house restaurant workers should be like.

He kept his cool as he poured the sauvignon blanc while the three of us enjoyed a not-too-tasteful joke and some great banter ensued.

While the jokes were not of the tasteful kind, the exact opposite can be said of the food.

The fish of the day was a starter of hot smoked salmon, pesto and mascarpone tartlet.

This appealed to one of my guests, lovingly known as The Trickster, but she asked if the portion would be big enough for a main instead as she also fancied the wild garlic mushrooms.

She was advised to have the special as a starter, though, and it did not disappoint (pounds 4. …

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