On Brentwood Avenue, Dabbawal, which also has a branch on High Bridge, is a quirky Indian restaurant with chic warehouse-style decor and a menu of healthy, low fat tandoori and curry dishes, Arlo is an informal bistro with a laid-back vibe and Bistro Forty6 is the place to be for a traditional Sunday roast. Osborne Road is a bustling hub of restaurants and bars – we love Antico for proper pasta and an authentic wine cellar, and new addition Sohe for Asian tapas. Need an afternoon pick-me-up? Head to Clayton Road for coffee and cake at Willi’s.
The lively Osborne Road is studded with hotels. The Caledonian Hotel is housed in a classic Georgian building that dates back to 1870, though the interior is sleek and contemporary with wooden flooring, plush sofas and plenty of mood lighting. If you prefer a bit more freedom, Kensington House Aparthotel is a mix of 23 luxurious serviced apartments, all of which are individually designed with a perfect blend of style and homeliness. The idyllic Jesmond Dene House feels more like a country house than a city centre hotel.
Jesmond is brilliant for high-end fashion – start on Clayton Road with a mosey around Palmer, EDO and Designer, then make your way to Acorn Road to explore The Conservatory and Jules B for brands such as House of Holland, Helmut Lang and Markus Lupfer. Pick up some artisan foodie treats from Adriano’s Deli and Gourmet Gifts, then pop over to Stanger’s Cookshop on Brentwood Avenue to stock up on cool kitchenware and tempt yourself with interior accessories from Y&L. Head to Jesmond Travel Bureau to pore over the super-luxurious destinations (and book up if you’re feeling impulsive).
Around the corner
Heaton is often dubbed the brunch capital of Newcastle. The quirky Butterfly Cabinet does gigantic portions of freshly cooked breakfast (we love The USA, with light buttermilk pancakes, crispy bacon and sweet maple syrup), while The Wild Trapeze, also on Heaton Road, has over 18 teas and to choose from. Watching your figure? The newly opened, ultra-healthy Naked Deli on Chillingham Road specialises in clean, natural and organic dishes.
Jesmond Dene, a beautiful public park occupying the steep-sided valley of the Ouseburn, is a great place for a leisurely stroll and Pets Corner is a family favourite. After you’ve worked up an appetite, head to nearby Santana’s Pizzeria on Jesmond Road (with thin and crispy pizzas and a lunch menu of three courses for £4.95, you can’t go wrong).