Friday 15th January, 2016

Why Generator Studios is a great location to work from

PR Assistant Sophie Slimings shares her top five places to visit from our Newcastle city centre studio.

Sophie Slimings

If you haven’t been to the office before, then you may not have heard of Generator Studios – the former generating station for the new city electric tramway, now redesigned as stunning studio space - just up from the Quayside and down from Manors Metro. One of the great things about Gardiner Richardson is the location of the office; whether you’re on your lunch or have plans after work, there’s plenty you can do without having to travel too far!

Here’s a list of my top 5 places within walking distance of Generator Studios: 

1.     A lunch time treat – Crisis Skylight Café, City Road (1 minute walk)

Located just over the road from Generator Studios, Crisis serves up a range of tasty food at a competitive price. Whether you’re there for a simple sandwich or fancy something more extravagant like a nut roast with all the trimmings, Crisis has got you covered! Lots of vegetarian options too. What’s even better is this café helps the homeless and vulnerably housed by providing them with education, training and employment.

2.     An after work tipple – Pitcher & Piano, Quayside (8 minute walk)

A favourite amongst our hard workers after early finish on a Bank Holiday Friday! Only a short walk from Generator Studios and in an amazing location right on the Quayside, Pitcher & Piano makes the perfect scene for some after-work drinks. Check out the picture I took last Easter.

NewcastleGateshead Millenium Bridge and Sage Gateshead (pic: Sophie Slimings, Gardiner Richardson)

Vouchers are available every month if you sign up for their email newsletter, which means either a free beer or a cocktail, so there are no excuses for passing up on drink invites!

3.     Hunger buster – Byron Burger, Monument (11 minute walk)

This new burger place just popped up at Monument in the art deco building that used to house H&M, and before that, Waterstones. Byron Burger is a national chain, but the sheer massiveness of the place is what makes it stand out - and I hear their sweet potato fries are to-die-for. We have a few vegans and vegetarians on the team, and it seems Byron caters for these guys as well.

Honestly, there are a billion places I could’ve picked for this section (Tyneside Bar Café, Longhorns, The Herb Garden, The Sausage Emporium, Super Natural, Fat Hippo, just to name a few). Newcastle city centre is crawling with fun, new and exciting restaurants – have a walk and you’ll stumble upon something!

4.     A payday delight – Intu Eldon Square (11 minute walk)

Working so close to a huge shopping centre like Eldon Square can either be a blessing or a curse, depending on your outlook. For me, it’s a bit of both (I’m indecisive!) From shops like Topshop and HMV, to department stores like Fenwick and John Lewis, you are always going to find something you want to spend your hard earned cash on!

5.     Artistic inspo – BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road (12 minute walk)

If you live in or around Newcastle, chances are you’ve visited Baltic once or twice. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?! This place is one of the best modern art galleries in the UK and has played host to the Turner Prize. There are always amazing exhibitions, including the current Bill Murray installation by Brian Griffiths. If contemporary art isn’t your thing, you can enjoy the fantastic views from Baltic’s viewing platform, which gives you a great vista of the Tyne and the bridges that cross it. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat at one of the two fantastic restaurants SIX and Baltic Kitchen. The added bonus is that as B.Partners we enjoy a 10% discount in the restaurants and gallery shop