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food collage Clockwise from top left: Fork in Rose, Scream for Pizza, Nest, Smoke and Sear, Rebel, Aidan’s
Eat and Drink
September 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

From causal brunch to Michelin Guide-recommended dining, there are plenty of places to dine out in Heaton and Sandyford

Here are our top 10 picks.
Aidan’s Kitchen

Aidan’s Kitchen

11 Starbeck Avenue, Newcastle NE2 1RH 
0191 261 6852
Purveyors of breakfast and brunch, this popular Sandyford café has people travelling from across the region to sample their delicious home-cooked dishes. As well as locally-roasted coffee and a selection of decadent sweet treats (the rocky roads are our favourite) you’ll find fluffy pancake stacks, shakshuka, Turkish eggs and classic eggs Benny on the menu. Look out for their second venue, Little Aidan’s, opening near Ilford Road soon.

Fork in the Rose

63 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HE
0191 250 8487
On the corner of Heaton Road, this florist-cum-café serve a range of breakfast and brunch dishes in their spacious florist shop. Take a seat inside the café, or head outside with an iced coffee and watch the world go by. Dishes range from eggs Benedict to shakshuka and grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Flint Pizza

218a Chillingham Road, Heaton NE6 5LP 
07858 149970
Step inside this small and cosy restaurant and enjoy authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza made the right way. The restaurant has only a handful of tables (most of which are at the bar) but you’ll thank us once you’ve tried the pizza. Take your pick of tasty toppings  and be prepared to be wowed by their delicious dough.

Scream for Pizza

Scream for Pizza

21–25 Starbeck Avenue, Sandyford NE2 1RJ
31 Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE
After training in Naples, Alex and Victoria returned home to create mouthwatering pizza, which nine years later the North East just can’t get enough of – so much so that they opened a second venue on Newcastle’s Quayside where you can order pizza by the slice alongside artisan soft ice cream.


238 Helmsley Road, Sandyford NE2 1RD
0191 261 6661
A taste of Sardinia right here in Sandyford, Mascalzone serves everything from authentic Italian pasta to pizza made with Napoletana flour, san Marzano tomato and fior di latte mozzarella. You’ll also find chicken and fish dishes, as well as Mascalzone classics.

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Punto Italian Kitchen

210 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 258 7999
Using carefully-selected ingredients, Punto creates fresh pasta dishes as well as tasty pizzas. Sit inside, or order to go and enjoy their Italian flavours in the comfort of your own home. They even create their own signature cocktails here.


260 Chillingham Road, Heaton NE6 5LQ
0191 276 1112
This popular neighbourhood restaurant offers an informal, warm and welcoming atmosphere where you can relax and enjoy a laidback dining experience where quality isn’t compromised. Chris Wood at the helm in the kitchen creates a menu which tells a story with each dish, using seasonal produce and local suppliers where possible. From evening and lunchtime tasting menus to Sunday lunches, there is a dish (and a perfectly-paired wine) for every occasion.

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150 Heaton Park Road NE6 5NR 
0191 691 2720
Having opening their doors just over a year ago, Heaton’s Rebel restaurant are already showing the North East they mean serious business by being included in The Michelin Guide. Seasonality is key here with an ever-changing tasting menu which revolves around the best local ingredients. Take our advice and book the chef’s table – you won’t be disappointed.


207a Chillingham Road, Newcastle NE6 5LJ
This small authentic Spanish-inspired bar on Chillingham Road offers a wide range of wine, tapas and pintxos (similar to tapas and served on small slices of bread). We love their charcuterie and cheese sharing boards enjoyed alongside a glass of Spanish wine.

Smoke & Sear 

182 Heaton Road, Newcastle NE6 5HP
0191 276 3081
Taking traditional barbecue dishes and giving them a unique twist, Smoke & Sear use local ingredients to create the likes of their signature surf ‘n’ turf bavette steak cooked over fire and served with panko-coconut king prawns drizzled in garlic butter. They’re also open for breakfast.

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