Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's the Height of Fine Dining; DINE BY THE TYNE HAS EVERYONE TALKING, AND OUR WHAT'S ON EDITOR GORDON BARR TOOK FLIGHT ON ITS OPENING NIGHT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

It's the Height of Fine Dining; DINE BY THE TYNE HAS EVERYONE TALKING, AND OUR WHAT'S ON EDITOR GORDON BARR TOOK FLIGHT ON ITS OPENING NIGHT

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DINING 100ft up in the open air on the banks of the Tyne might strike fear into some foodies, but for me it was a definite adrenalin rush.

Dine By The Tyne is at Performance Square on Gateshead quayside until Sunday and I took part in its opening-night flight.

First up - what everyone was asking before me taking to the skies was 'what if you need the loo?'.

Well, basically, you need to go beforehand and then hold on until you touch ground again! That's no mean feat, mind, if you are scared of heights.

Apparently they will lower you down for a toilet break if needs must, but who would want to be the first to ask that? Luckily, I enjoy being up in the air, but this experience was a first for me and I have to admit to having some trepidation beforehand.

I needn't have worried. This was unlike anything I've done before and would I do it again? Heck yes!

We were treated to a three-course meal by Hawthorns Brasserie, with Jack Brown, Ian Robertson and Chris Halliday all looking after us wonderfully.

More about the menu later. Drinks on Dine by the Tyne are supplied by Bonbar at the Assembly Rooms, and they do help steady any nerves!

PRE-FLIGHT Diners need to assemble 45 minutes before takeoff to register in the reception marquee on Performance Square.

A short safety briefing takes place and the ground crew begin seating guests before taking to the skies. Wrap up warm - even if the sun is out remember you are 100ft in the air so adequate clothing is advised.

ON THE UP After the briefing you are harnessed into your seat. A bit like on a thrill ride really, and that's what this turns out to be.

Once strapped in, with the chefs cooking up the meals, which have been prepared beforehand with just the finishing touches needed when in the air, you take off. The views are splendid. …

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