Gino D’Acampo gushes over ‘super cool’ Geordies as Quayside restaurant launches boozy Afternoon Tea experience

Gino is chuffed with the progress of his Quayside restaurant

Gino D'Acampo has gushed over 'super cool' Geordies as he celebrated the first birthday of his plush Quayside restaurant.

The Gino D'Acampo restaurant in Newcastle opened a year ago and has fast become one of the area's most popular food and drink hotspots thanks to its sleek menu and views over the Tyne.

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Gearing up for summer, Gino recently visited the restaurant and seemed chuffed at having a site in the North East.

He told The Chronicle: "I always wanted to have a place in Newcastle. I came here about 20 years ago when I first came to the UK - I came to a party and I always thought one day I will have a restaurant here.

"It reminds me a lot of Italy - the sea, the bridge. Whenever I see water, I think I should have a restaurant there. When I came here they told me Newcastle was the party city of England and not to waste my time anywhere else!"

The restaurant's first anniversary and Gino's visit coincided with the launch of a new afternoon tea experience at the restaurant.

Gino D’Acampo Restaurant on the Quayside

As of Monday, June 20, guests can enjoy an Italian-influenced take on the British tradition.

There are savoury and sweet options, a deli selection, scones and Instagramable sweet treats.

The regular Afternoon Tea experience will cost customers £29 per person, but Geordies can turn it into a boozy afternoon with prosecco or champagne available as add-ons.

Afternoon tea is available from 12 pm to 5 pm Sunday to Friday and 12 pm to 3 pm every Saturday - reservations are required.