10 top foodie hot spots in Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne may be famed for its iconic architecture, incredible shopping opportunities and world-renowned nightlife, but it’s the array of exotic and mouthwatering menus available that makes this city a must-visit destination for self-confessed foodies.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to independent eateries, Newcastle is a hotspot for delectable dining destinations – which is why gourmands are travelling from across the country to get in on the action.
With the colder months drawing in, it’s time to turn your attention to booking in for your annual Christmas meal. Whether it’s a turkey dinner with all the trimmings or something a little more exotic, Newcastle boasts an extensive collection of the most palatable culinary experiences. My company, Newcastle breaks, gives visitors and locals the opportunity to sample the city’s range of delicious dining options, which is why I’m giving discerning restaurant-goers a glimpse at the best foodie favourites in Newcastle.
1. House of Tides
A stunning creation by award-winning chef, Kenny Atkinson, House of Tides can be found in a beautifully restored 16th century town house on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside. Just a stone’s throw from the busy city centre, the Michelin-starred restaurant is the perfect combination of fine dining in a comfortable and informal setting. Sourcing only the highest-quality local produce, the standard of each dish is second-to-none.
Situated in the affluent area of Jesmond, ARLO is a bistro and café that’s all about everyday eating. Boasting a mouthwatering breakfast, lunch and evening menu, as well as a scrumptious selection of baked goods all day long, ARLO is one of the quirkiest food havens in the area. This independent eatery sources everything from its seasonal produce to retro knick-knacks from the local area – making ARLO a hidden gem that’s truly unique.
3. Pitcher and Piano
Boasting the most spectacular views of the BALTIC, the Sage and the Millennium Bridge, Pitcher and Piano is a restaurant that is sure to wow. As if the iconic setting wasn’t enough, this sophisticated bar serves some of the most delicious dishes in the area. Whether it’s for a much-loved Sunday roast or a more exotic curried vegetable flatbread, a culinary excursion to Pitcher and Piano is a must.
As the first and original teppanyaki restaurant in the city, everything about a visit to Fujiyama is unique. It’s all about the personal touch in this authentic Japanese restaurant with the chefs preparing and cooking right in front of you. You can customise and create your own evening menu or experience the chef’s perfectly compiled banquets – the choice is yours.
5. Jesmond Dene House
Located within Jesmond Dene’s stunning parkland, this independently owned boutique hotel is the perfect escape from the buzzing city. Whether you stay the night in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites or are enjoy an afternoon dining in style, the exquisite restaurant menu at Jesmond Dene House is guaranteed to impress.
6. The Botanist
The Botanist is famous for its unique botanical cocktails, but it’s the impressive interior decor and mouthwatering food menu that makes this gastropub such a fine choice for foodies. From sharing boards to gastropub classics, it doesn’t get better than dining in this stylish location.
7. As You Like It
With live entertainment, stunning interior design and unique cocktails, this restaurant focuses on making your dining experience exactly how you like it. With a diverse menu boasting everything from burgers to beetroot gnocchi, As You Like It really does offer it all.
8. The Bohemian
An eatery that’s passionate about art, food and music, The Bohemian serves flavourful vegan and vegetarian food – all to the sound of vinyl music. With a menu packed with either light lunches or decadent evening meals, it is a unique restaurant that’s well worth a visit.
9. Fat Hippo Underground
Boasting the best selection of gourmet burgers in the city and beyond, the Fat Hippo family offers one of the quirkiest dining experiences around. With restaurants also open in Durham and the suburb of Jesmond, the Fat Hippo Underground is a unique underground haven, hidden just minutes from Grey’s Monument in Newcastle upon Tyne.
10. The Naked Deli
Whether you’re mindful of unprocessed foods or fancy exploring the world of superfoods, a trip to The Naked Deli is a must. With delis in the suburbs of Heaton and Gosforth, as well as in the city centre department store of Fenwicks, there’s plenty of opportunity to stop off and experience The Naked Deli. With a menu that’s focused on nutrition, The Naked Deli is dedicated to bringing you endless health benefits in each of its dishes.
If you’re hungry for a metropolis that’s packed with history, heritage and independent eateries, make sure a city break to Newcastle is on your agenda. From Michelin-starred culinary excursions to checking out the lesser-known local hotspots, there’s plenty to see and do in the city that’s famous for its love of food and drink.