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So close: Stockton has superb beaches and is a short ferry ride to the city.
So close: Stockton has superb beaches and is a short ferry ride to the city.

As the owner of the delicious, European-inspired cheese and meat retreat, Pork Ewe Deli, with stores in Mayfield and Darby Street, Cooks Hill, self-confessed foodie Sam Glover definitely knows her way around the city.

There is so much happening in the Newcastle food scene at the moment and we are spoilt for choice with so many amazing options. Living in Stockton we would usually start the weekend with a ferry ride into town Friday night and head somewhere within walking distance.

The Grain Store is a favorite of mine. I have daughters in their early 20s, so we will often go down to the little hidden bar, Coal & Cedar, on Hunter Street. I love that Coal & Cedar is a tucked away, a secret gem in the middle of Newcastle, which is a little bit like Pork Ewe Deli – you’re stepping into something different, a sense you are stepping back in time.

 I also love Queens Wharf Hotel it’s the perfect spot to grab a drink while you wait for the ferry and its hard to beat with the views over the harbour. It’s an easy place to impress the out-of-towners.

Saturday morning always starts with a walk around the harbour, there is always something going on. Living in Stockton, you get to walk around the harbour and the beach, so we are a bit spoilt.

Blue Door is a favorite breakfast spot of mine and you cannot go past their Green Bowl – kale, quinoa, avocado, eggs and haloumi is the best combination on a Saturday morning.

For a coffee fix you have to drop in to The Locomotive, they have just moved into town and their coffee is A-grade.

If I’m working on Darby street, which I do most weekends, I get my fix from Haywire on Darby - Pepe and the team serve up awesome coffee and Pepe has to be the most energetic barista in Newey.

My Saturday afternoon usually starts with a wander on Darby Street. There is such a great range of unique stores and I always find something to fall in love with. It’s a great place to take visitors - you can shop, dine, grab a coffee or cocktail and, of course, stock up with deli treats. All bases are covered

Then I head back home, armed with some cheese and meats from the deli to create an easy platter  before heading down to one of the lovely parks on the water around Stockton. Pitt Street Reserve, or as the locals call it ‘Lion’s park’, in Stockton is perfect - it has an incredible view back into town so I often take the relatives for a wander along the breakwall. There are picnic tables and barbecues, so you have good food coupled with a few drinks and the best view. It’s an amazing way to see the day out.

For a special night out, you can’t go past Subo - it’s an impressive restaurant to show the visiting relatives. Suzie and Beau’s attention to detail is astonishing, their food is incredible and it’s a special night out without being pretentious. It’s great food, great service - we are so lucky to have a restaurant of that caliber in Newcastle.

Bocados is a family favorite. We started going there when they were in the little place next door and the food is consistently good. The chuleta de cerdo, crumbed pork cutlet dish, is out of this world. The banquet is a great way to try all the dishes with friends and family. You definitely get what you pay for, you just can’t move afterwards. There is a strong European theme in most of what I like, but I love Spanish food and they nail it.

Sunday is spent at the Newcastle Farmers Markets out at the showground picking up delicious produce. The range is fantastic and I would rather shop there than the supermarkets. My husband and I like to grab breakfast there - we love a Tibetan dumpling and find it pretty hard to not indulge with a  French crepe from Felix at Kid & Cat.

A beach swim with our dogs is a tradition at Little beach in Stockton, but if I’m showing the out-of-towners the iconic Newcastle I would have to end it with the Anzac Memorial Walk down to Bar Beach. You couldn’t get that far without watching the sun go down at the Merewether Surfhouse with a cocktail or beer in hand watching the surf roll in – it just completes the weekend.

Fresh: Newcastle City Farmers Markets has a wide range of produce and vendors.

Fresh: Newcastle City Farmers Markets has a wide range of produce and vendors.

Pork Ewe Deli: Sam Glover and Lisa Hambly. Picture: Sophie Tyler Photography

Pork Ewe Deli: Sam Glover and Lisa Hambly. Picture: Sophie Tyler Photography