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LADIES THAT LUNCH: Louis’ restaurant on Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle, is holding a ladies lunch on Friday, December 7, which will help to raise funds for our sister paper the Evening Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund.

It includes a three-course meal, a glass of fizz and a fashion show by John Lewis. Tickets cost £25 with £10 per ticket being donated to the Sunshine Fund to help improve the lives of local children with disabilities. Contact Tom on 0191 281 4545 for more details and to book.

PURPLE PATCH: Chef Paul Amer is now heading up Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse at Hotel Indigo in Newcastle.

Paul, who used to run Amer’s restaurant in the Jesmond Hotel, Newcastle, is excited to have the chance to head up the showpiece restaurant, but says it is also about maintaining Marco Pierre White’s vision.

He adds: “I have a real passion for food and take great pride in the creation and presentation of each of the dishes I produce.”

Working alongside is sous chef Norman Bradford.

SEASONAL FARE: The Kitchen Garden at Meldon Park estate in Morpeth is holding a Christmas Fair on December 8 and 9 from 10am-4.30pm, which will help raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.

There will be food stalls plus gifts to buy from local artists and the cafe will be open. Tickets cost £4 for adults, free entry for children. Buy from the cafe or by calling 01670 772341. There will also be complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.

FLAVOURS TO SAVOUR: Swiss chocolate makers Lindt have brought out four new flavours in the Creation range.

The four flavours in the 100g Creation bars are: Luscious Caramel, Divine Hazelnut, Velvety Vanilla Almond and Sumptuous Orange, which contains zesty orange pieces, wrapped in dark chocolate. Lindt Creation bars, rrp £1.99.

COUNTRY PUB REVAMP: The Badger pub in Ponteland, Northumberland, part of Vintage Inns, will reopen its doors today after a £150,000 revamp.

As well as new seating, a new colour scheme, an external makeover and a new bar area, there have been some changes to the food offering.

Landlord Peter Drummond says: “We’re totally revamping the interior to introduce the Vintage Inns’ premium dining offering. And this means we’ll offer formal dining within the traditional pub environment every day from 5pm.

“The end result is candlelit dinners at beautifully laid tables and an ambience that, while remaining informal and welcoming, is also more select and desirable.”

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