Enjoy a progressive-lunch with a difference, by bike.
What is a progressive lunch?
Well firstly, it’s lunch (and we all know what that is). Each course is served at a each unique location/venue, closely related to the course being served. The Newy Rides difference is that we are travelling between courses by bike and the minds behind the menus are coming along for the ride as well.
This is your best chance to experience an event like no other in an intimate setting. Our goal is to give you a front-seat look at the back-of-house, meet the makers behind these local institutions and see Newcastle from their eyes.
Note: Each session is limited to 12 guests. You have the option to bring your own bike or use one of Newy Rides bikes which are available (limited availability)
Joel Humphreys, Executive Chef
Scotties, Lost Boys Kebabs & Maitland Growers Markets
Hailing from such culinary institutions as St. JOHN (London), Bistro Moncur, Bodega 1904 and Rockpool, Joel Humphreys has an impressive resume with time spent at some of the best restaurants in the world earning his stripes.
Now calling Newcastle home, Kiwi-born Joel, is at the helm of the kitchen at locally-loved seafood haven Scotties as Executive Chef and is the mastermind behind new fan favourite, Lost Boys Kebabs at the Cambridge Hotel.
It’s not like Joel isn’t busy enough, he is now the curator of the newly created Maitland Growers Markets held every Sunday at the Regal Inn, Tenambit.
What we’re saying is, we’re extremely lucky to have Joel onboard for the start of this Ride Along Series. Being a keen cyclist himself, Joel is excited to join the ride in order showcase his passion for local produce from the place he now calls home. Joel will be showcasing the best of his venues and menu stylings, in this completely unique setting.
Daniel Payne, Winemaker
Dirt Candy Wine
Daniel Payne of Dirt Candy Wine is the Hunter region's most inventive winemaker. Shying away from the typical styles, Daniel is focused on pushing the boundaries with unique grape blends, old-world techniques and taking a very DIY approach to his craft.
Winner of a 2019 Young Gun of Wine Award for his 2018 Dirt Candy ‘The Little Circus’, Daniel is one to step up to the plate to blow even the most seasoned palates away.
Chief Panellist from said award, Nick Stock, said of the wine, “Threading together of no less than six different red grapes and glazing them with the skins of the white traminer grape is brave, evocative and just the right kind of crazy. And to do all this in the Hunter Valley, Australian wine’s poster child of conservative, stoic and traditional winemaking is straight up nuts. Then again the wine is so fucking delicious the back label probably won’t even get a look. So they won’t notice - genius!”
With wine pairing notes of “Korean fried chicken” and “cheese burgers” we know you’re in good hands with Daniel to provide fun, inventive pairings with Joel's menu.
We’re stoked to have Daniel and Dirt Candy Wines onboard to kick off the Ride Along series.
Cameron Burns, Operations Manager & Distiller
Earp Distilling Co
The Earp story runs deep in Newcastle's history, running successful businesses in town since 1883. Six generations later sees the Earp family making their own gin in Carrington, one of Newcastle's most interesting and history filled suburbs.
When I spoke to Cameron Burns about the Ride Along Series, he was keen to jump in and help tell the story and sling some great booze at the same time.
Cameron is responsible for the first batches of gin at Earp, helping lay the blueprint for the great gin (and soon to be rum and whiskey) the team creates today. With almost 15 years of industry experience in the can, Cameron is well-versed in hosting a great time, ready to toast to any occasion.
Welcome - Nobbys Beach
Welcome Drink by Dirt Candy Wines
Starting at Nobbys Beach, you will meet everyone and be introduced to the minds behind the menus. After introductions we’ll kick things off right by starting with a glass of something fun and enjoy a sample of the menu, something that ties together the entire experience ahead.
Entree - Secret Location
Paring: Dirt Candy Wines
The first stop is served at a secret location by the sea. Here you’re served a Scotties-inspired dish, which is home to some of Newcastle's freshest and most inventive seafood dishes.
Now is a good opportunity to ask Joel about providence, sustainable farming, foraging and using the best ingredients available. He will showcase the very best of what Newy produce has to offer.
Personally, since my family moved to Newcastle, I try and eat at Scotties as much as possible. Joel’s menu and aproach to seafood is exciting, giving punters a little more than the standard fish ‘n’ chips (but they do a cracking version of that too).
Cocktail - Earp Distilling Co
Newy Rides Ride Along Gin Cocktail
Personally, we can’t wait to see what Earp Distilling Co has in-mind creating a completely bespoke gin for this experience. Here, we stop to learn about Earp’s history, the new distillery generation, taste and smell the botanicals and above all, sample the quality gin in a one-off bottle created for this event.
Main & Dessert - Lost Boys Kebabs
Paring: Dirt Candy Wines
You might be reading this because you’re already a fan of Scotties, Lost Boys or of Joel’s cooking in general. For those, not up to speed, Lost Boys Kebabs is the mecca of inventive middle eastern fare, completely flipping what we think of a traditional kebab on its head.
At Lost Boys Kebabs, we earn some time off the bike for our final stop for a hearty feast and dessert. Here, Joel will run through how he brought Lost Boys to life during a pandemic, the goals for the business and why a typically fine-dining Chef opened a kebab shop.
We finish at Lost Boys Kebabs (Cambridge Hotel) where you can stay for more drinks and socialising.
Newcastle is changing. The purpose of this ride series is to showcase the very best creators, producers, artists, chefs, musicians and thinkers. These people contribute to the changing face of Newcastle from days gone by.
During the ride we may have time to stop at places that form an integral part of Newcastle's identity.
Civic Art Precinct
Newcastle is well and truly shaking off it’s steel-city image with art and culture initiatives adorning the city's walls with incredible street-art and unique architecture, combining the old and new. Here we stop briefly to admire how Newcastle is becoming a destination in it’s own right.
Carrington Pub Scene
Let’s face it, Newcastle has a blue-collar image and is known for its host of characters. If anywhere in particular is responsible for Newcastle's rough-and-tumble image, it's probably the suburb of Carrington. Here we look back in time at Carrington’s pub history of days gone by, one that helped earn its reputation.
This is not a booze-cruise however alcohol will be offered as part of the experience. As a general indication you can have 1 drink per hour to keep under the legal driving limit of 0.05.
This tour is created to space out any drinks served throughout the course of the experience. All venues also serve a range of non-alcoholic options and all riders must be 18+.
It is up to each guest to know their limits. We highly encourage guests using their own bikes to utilise public transport, taxis or rideshare providers to get home after the experience - or call in a favour from a friend to pick you up.
The kind folk at The Cambridge Hotel have allowed overnight storage of bikes at the venue. Further details on bike storage will be provided in the lead up to the event.
3-course menu with snacks by Joel Humphreys. Please advise any dietarieswhen booking
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks will be available at each stop during the lunch including wine and gin. Soft drinks, juices and water will also be available. It is the riders responsibility to know your limits if you consumealcohol
One trustybicycle, helmet and lock. Simple, well loved and rocking a very-Newy custom paint job by us (if available). The bike you will ride is simple, easy to ride and you are sure to fit in like a local. We implement strictCOVID-19 safe measures by sanitizing all equipment including the bike, helmet and lock
This is a guided tour however not the typical follow-the-leaders flag audio-tour you will find in other cities. We promise
We'll be snapping photos throughout the tour and will post them on our Facebook page
What should you bring?
Please visit the FAQs page for a list of items you should bring with you on tour