Newcastle has witnessed a massive increase in local food establishments which has seen a grown of 12.8% since 2014. On top of this the Eldon Square shopping centre, a £25 million development with over 24 restaurants recently opened. As a vibrant and lively city food is a central focus of celebration and events. The Newcastle Restaurant week provides exclusive discounts at many restaurants, providing the perfect opportunity to wine and dine to your hearts desire. It is easy to be spoilt for choice! So, to get you started I have asked fellow students and food lovers to recommend their favourite places. Many people were quick to share recommendations on the best places to eat. I am have taken an overall look based on popularity. It was so difficult to cut the list down I have provided the top eleven to get you started. So, if you’re ready let’s challenge those taste buds and embark on a food tour around this great city.
If you want to stay a bit closer to home, there are plenty of heart-warming and cosy British dishes. Why not try good old scampi and chips or a nice juicy steak cooked to perfection with a generous serving of black peppercorn sauce with a side of crispy onion rings at George’s Kitchen. If you want proper comfort food in a warming environment with a relaxing fire pop along to Redhouse, which I may add received the highest rating. They have a range of homemade hearty pies and creamy mash containing locally sourced ingredients. If you fancy wash this down with a good old pint of ale. A stone throws away is The Ship Inn in Ouseburn a hidden away cove with scenic views, serving an extensive menu for vegetarians and vegans. If you want to go a bit further afield and leave the hustle and bustle of the city centre, venture over to The Roxburgh in Whitley Bay. You can quietly sit back and experience the fresh sea breeze and the soothing sounds of the waves, whilst friendly and attentive staff serve unique and high quality British food, made from scratch. Take note they Coeliac friendly. Best of all you can take your own alcohol.
If you still want to stay partially in the safe zone with your taste buds, why not take a culinary experience across the pond. Go for a Fat Hippo, My personal favourite if ever you have a rough day and want a nice pig out. It is renowned for fresh burgers in a brioche bun, which are that good you will literally want to shut your eyes and relish the combination of flavours. A popular choice is the peanut butter burger, although this may seem a bit odd, one person described this is as “pure class”. If you don’t fancy a burger but want a whole platter of fall of the bone meat, run to LongHorn’s Steakhouse. This is certainly worth a place on Man V Food. It is basically a selection of the juiciest, mouth-watering meats including marinated ribs, tender pulled pork, beef, chicken and sausage. You will literally want to take a miniature break to make sure you finish it off.
If you fancy being transported to a mini Italy in the heart of Newcastle give Café Panis a go. It holds historical significance by being open since 1995 and is managed by an accommodating Italian family with excellent culinary skills. People describe this as a “hidden gem” and “cosy and welcoming”. If you want to venture a bit further across the map why not have a Turkish experience by venturing back into Whitley bay. The Turknaz restaurant provides Turkish cuisine crafted by the experts. If you just want to go long haul, why not use your chopstick skills and impress your date with the walrus trick and try some specially crafted cuisine at St Sushi. This is centrally located so perfect if you fancy venturing along the diamond strip for an espresso martini, to keep you up for the night. This restaurant is that good it has received multiple awards, including the Certificate of Excellence in 2013. If you’re really craving a sweet treat or require a major sugar rush to keep you awake to finish that dreaded essay, why not try Pet Lamb Patisserie. Every cake is made with pure love and passion for baking. Beware these cakes are pretty addictive! Best of all it is located in Grainger’s market which is a great place to pick up cheap groceries. You can really get well worth your money here. The other day I noticed a Papaya bigger than my head for £1.99. Bargain! If you really can’t decide and what to travel the world in one sitting venture into Za za bazaar, located in the Gate this makes the perfect location for relaxing your stomach at the movies. Best of all you get student discount. Remember be cheeky and ask for student discount everywhere, you never know. Start with a nice hot dog with lashings of ketchup and mustard. Then enjoy a nice glass of Chardonnay with a creamy Penne pasta and a nice wedge of garlic bread. Why not challenge taste buds and load your plate with an Indian assortment of Curry, Masala, Poppadum’s and a Chicken tikka with a slice of naan to soak up the sauce. One must not forget dessert. It is an all you can eat buffet but for those that love dessert it is worth saving room. You can pile as much on your plate ranging from cheesecake, tarts, ice creams and a chocolate fountain.
There you go eleven amazing places to eat in Newcastle to get you started but the list goes on and it would be near on impossible to mention all the amazing places to eat in Newcastle. So why not make it a mission and create your own culinary journey across the world in good old Geordieland.