So last week was just a smidge exciting for me. I dinned 100ft up in the sky, above the Sage in Gateshead (yes, that high) with Newcastle in the Sky! It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. I’m sure if you follow me on Instagram, you will have seen the countless Insta stories and snaps, it was just so amazing.
For only an exclusive period from the 24 – 29 August, Events in the Sky operated a 6-day pop-up event in Newcastle. Open to the public, this event saw a handful of Newcastle’s best restaurants menus and dining experiences up in the unique sky table, suspended 100 feet in the air. Basically, there are 22 seats around a huge table, lifted by a crane in the air, with a guest chef in the middle, preparing your food and a few staff serving you food. Guests are securely fastened into their seats before the table is raised to the dining height and then you’re good to go.
I was so nervous when I arrived! I went along with Laura Dawson, my partner in crime and she reassured me it would all be fine. We were greeted with a glass of bubbly on arrival and told about how the crazy ordeal would play out. After a short wait, thinking to myself ‘what the hell am I doing?!’, it was time to head up and dine in the sky.
Getting seated was surprisingly easy, the staff come to you and strap you in securely, imagine a roller coaster ride, that’s what it’s like. It was also really comfortable too, the seats feel very protective, although they do swing around, yes you can rotate yourself in the chair while you’re in the air… super scary.
Once everyone’s strapped in, you’re up up up. It goes up quite slow meaning you can adjust to your surroundings and it’s just breath taking, totally surreal. The views were AMAZING, you could see right down the quayside and over Gateshead. I remember thinking as I was going up, ‘oh my god, my legs are just dangling’ haha!
So, once you’re up in the air, the fun begins, the music plays and the wine flows. I was lucky enough to be at the evening sitting and have a four-course meal whilst up in the air by chefs from Artisan Newcastle, a five-star modern restaurant in Newcastle’s cultural quarter serving British inspired menus using the finest regional and seasonal ingredients. For appetizers, we had Lindisfarne Oysters with apple, cucumber, horseradish. I’d never tried oysters before, so I was a little apprehensive as to whether they’d make me feel sick or go down nicely, good news they went down sweet as a nut. I loved them! Can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long. For starter we had, North Sea Crab Salad with citrus cured salmon and fennel which was my favourite out of all of the food, it was melt in the mouth and so tasty. Then for main we had Orange Northumbrian Lamb with Navarin of Summer Vegetables, this was something I wouldn’t usually go for in a restaurant as lamb is probably my least favourite meat but this was so yummy, it was bleeding with taste and juice, I think it was probably the cut of it that made it so unreal. And, lastly, for dessert, we had Vanilla Poached Peach Champagne, Raspberry, Pistachio, again absolutely divine and very light, the perfect finisher. All the portions were just the right amount so that you didn’t feel overly full after too. I washed down the food with a lovely red wine, chosen by Artisan.
This experience was undescribable, I absolutely loved it and would definitely recommend this to anyone. Events in the Sky, travel all around the UK, so make sure you keep up to date when they’re in a city near you! There are six sittings during each day, each varies in price but the evening sitting that I went to comes in at £150.00 per person. All I can say is, that it’s well worth the money.
Would you dine in the sky, 100ft up?