Newcastle has an abundance of delicious options for those looking for a bite to eat or a refreshing drink after a day in the city.
Whether you’re in the mood for an indulgent brunch, healthy lunch or pint with Victorian surroundings, Newcastle has it all.
If you’re planning a trip to Newcastle, here are our best picks of places to eat and drink in the city.
On the lookout for the best breakfast in Newcastle? Hidden below the Tyne Bridge, away from the hustle and bustle of the famous Quayside, you’ll find Quay Ingredient, an independently run coffee house offering a choice of mouth-watering, locally-sourced breakfasts that will fuel you for a day in the city. Whether you fancy a traditional breakfast sandwich or pastry, or something a bit more adventurous like their grilled kippers or truffle oil scrambled eggs on brioche, there is something for all tastes. Experience the cosy buzz of Quay Ingredient for yourself.
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Looking for vegetarian restaurants in Newcastle for a bite to eat at lunchtime? If you’re passionate about food, music and art, The Bohemian vegan and vegetarian restaurant is the perfect choice, as it not only offers delicious freshly prepared food, but also doubles up as a vinyl record shop. Whether you’re in the market for a mix of vegan tapas or a more indulgent portion of BBQ pulled jackfruit nachos heaped with guacamole, or just fancy browsing the vinyl music with a punchy cocktail, this is the place to visit. Just a couple of minutes’ walk from Newcastle Central Station, why not take a look for yourself at what’s on offer.
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For some of the best fresh local produce around, take a trip to Cook House where you can eat, rest and hangout in the welcoming, informal setting of an old shipping container. Nestled behind the Hotel du Vin in trendy Ouseburn, just a short walk from Manors Station, Cook House offers a constantly changing menu all created using regional ingredients including produce from owner Anna Hedworth’s own kitchen garden. With a lunch menu from £5, why not pop by and indulge in one of their delicious creative salads or tarts including Roast Chicken, Pea & Courgette Salad with Sour Dough Crumb & Aioli to their Soft Egg, Caper & Herb Tartine. The menu changes weekly so drop by to see what’s on offer this week.
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There is an abundance of great restaurants in Newcastle and if you’re on the lookout for some Asian cuisine we would recommend River Beat. Just a stone’s throw away from the famous Newcastle Quayside, you will find the authentic taste of River Beat.
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With a modern, yet welcoming air this Asian fusion restaurant offers something different with its Thai tapas style dishes, giving you the opportunity to share and taste a variety of delicious flavours. We recommend you request a table by the window to take advantage of the stunning views across the Tyne. Check out the tempting menu for yourself.
Looking for something a little more family friendly for a quick bite to eat after a day in the city? Zapatista Burrito Bar is just the spot. With a menu bursting with fresh and delicious Mexican inspired treats it’s sure to get your taste buds tingling. The menu has something for everyone thanks to its four simple menu steps – pick a dish, whether it’s a burrito, taco, nachos or healthier salad option, pick your protein from a range including chargrilled chicken, spicy shredded beef or butternut squash and halloumi then choose your salsa and extras – if you can handle extra jalapenos. Get their early though as the queues grow quickly on a weekend.
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For special occasions, we would highly recommend House of Tides. Nestled in a beautiful 16th century former merchant's house on the city’s iconic Quayside, this Michelin Star restaurant has really made a name for itself since opening in 2014. With seasonally changing tasting menus, wine pairing and signature cocktails, House of Tides offers fine dining in a casual, informal setting. Tables get booked pretty fast so be sure to make a reservation in advance.
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Looking for something a little different? Why not give Newcastle’s Träkol a try? Bringing primitive outdoor cooking inside, this unique restaurant overlooking the river offers high quality British breeds of meat cooked to perfection on the restaurant’s open fires. Based within the River Brew Co, an independent container community hidden below the famous Tyne Bridge, after you have tasted some of the best steaks the city can offer, there are also a range of independent bars and street food vendors to enjoy a casual craft beer or refreshing cocktail.
For a pint in beautiful Victorian surroundings, we recommend The Centurion pub. Voted 'Newcastle's most impressive watering hole', this former first-class lounge which is located in Central Station has been restored to its former 19th century grandeur. Even if you just pop in to see its breath-taking Victorian wall tiles, that are today worth nearly £4 million, it’s well worth a visit.
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Heading into the city after dinner and looking for Newcastle’s best spots for a drink? Check out Pleased To Meet You. This contemporary gin and draft house has recently opened in one of Newcastle’s most historic Grade II listed buildings. Once the Old Turks Hotel and The Lane Pub, Pleased To Meet You is a gin lover’s dream. With over 50 varieties of gin and a wide range of international and local craft beers, as well as spirit, cocktails and hand pulled cask ales there is something for everyone. The kitchen also offers a selection of delicious locally-sourced food if you’re fancy a bite to eat.