14 Must-Try Restaurants, Cafés and Bars on Newcastle’s Quayside
From Michelin Guide-reccomended restaurants and indulgent Indian banquets, to some of the tastiest pizza slices in the Toon, there’s plenty of choice down by the Quayside
Trinity Gardens, Newcastle NE1 2HH
0191 222 0755
Still the jewel in the crown of the 21 Hospitality Group, this classic yet contemporary bistro makes a great play of local produce, with Northumbrian roe deer and Lindisfarne oysters just some of what you can expect on the menu. Look out for the cheddar cheese and spinach soufflé too – it’s now iconic.
The Bridge Tavern
7 Akenside Hill, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3UF
0191 261 9966
Nestled under the North East’s most iconic landmark, it’s little wonder there’s been an ale house on this site for nearly two centuries – the terrace of this relaxed brewpub seems made for summer nights spent sipping under the Tyne Bridge. Alongside an excellent seasonal gastropub menu, the Sunday lunch offering is the right kind of foodie comfort we all need.
The Broad Chare
25 Broad Chare, Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DQ
0191 211 2144
Priding itself on being one of those pubs you thought had disappeared (along with whistling milkmen and red telephone boxes), The Broad Chare offers all the best bits of a traditional ale-house – well-kept beer, honest food, friendly company and good cheer, alongside all the modern elegance you’d expect from a Terry Laybourne joint.
Dobson & Parnell
21 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG
0191 221 0904
The interior of this dining stalwart blends modern elegance with key Victorian features. Owner Andy Hook (of Blackfriars and Hinnies fame) and Chef Patron Troy Terrington excel in this casual fine-dining haunt.
Gino D’Acampo Quayside
Bridge Court, The Quayside, River View, Newcastle NE1 3BE
0191 933 6994
Gino D’Acampo’s restaurant (partnered with INNSiDE by Melia Hotel) serves real Italian food. The open-plan restaurant is the perfect place to relax as the floor-to-ceiling windows allow natural light to flood the restaurant. In the evening, diners can enjoy the likes of crispy duck, lamb cutlets and grilled swordfish, as well as an extensive range of pizza, pasta and risotto. For a lighter bite, we recommend trying the tre cicchetti sharing board with parma ham, king prawns and tomato and basil ciabatta, alongside a glass of wine or one of Gino’s signature cocktails.
29 Queen Street, Quayside NE1 3UG
0191 261 4277
Sister restaurant to Jesmond’s popular Dabbawal, the menu at this newish restaurant showcases the roots of Indian culinary evolution – from dishes prepared over hot coals, stones, wood fires and age-old tandoor ovens, to recipes which replicate authentic flavours and cooking techniques. As well as the much-loved heritage dishes such as butter chicken and rogan josh curries, we recommend trying some smoke plates like Achari tiger prawns or lamb chops.
Mantra Thai Dining
29 Forth Banks, Newcastle NE1 3SG
0191 232 6080
This high-end Thai restaurant serves an extensive menu of authentic dishes, packed full of flavour and served in sleek surroundings. Try their two sister fish dish or seabags jungle curry for something special.
33 Dean Street, Newcastle NE1 1PQ
0191 232 5533
A real stalwart of the Newcastle restaurant scene. No matter how much Dean Street and its surrounds might change, Marco Polo is a constant presence, putting out classic pizzas, pastas, salads, meat and fish dishes. Don’t miss the cocktails too.
4 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG
0191 447 2327
This coffee shop punches well above its weight on the food front, with their incredible eggs Benedict at the top of our list. But you could go all out with a full English – you won’t be disappointed.
25 King Street, Newcastle NE1 3UQ
0191 261 4415
Formerly Sabatini, in its new incarnation Sabas serves up authentic Italian and Sardinian cicchetti (basically Italian tapas), and Italian street food, alongside other Italian standards from pizza and pasta to bruschetta and panini.
35 Side, Newcastle NE1 3JE
0191 222 0973
A modern bistro, Route offers a casual but quality dining experience. You’ll find small plates packed with flavour, local meat and fish and an interesting wine list at this Michelin-recommended spot.
Forth Banks, Newcastle NE1 3SG
0191 261 9035
Sachins is still serving up some of the finest Punjabi cuisine around. Try their banquet for two, which allows you to try their Sachins tandoori starter (five tandoori dishes on a sizzling platter) as well as two mains, sides and poppadoms.
Scream for Pizza
21–25 Starbeck Avenue, Sandyford NE2 1RJ
31 Quayside, Newcastle NE1 3DE
After training at the famous La Notizia restaurant in Naples, Alex and Victoria returned home to create mouth-watering pizza worth shouting (or screaming) about. Eight years later, the team are still creating exceptional wood-fired pizzas which the North East just can’t get enough of – they’ve even opened a second venue on Newcastle’s Quayside where you can order pizza by the slice alongside an artisan soft ice cream.
Tyne Bank Brewery
375 Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB
0191 265 2828
Now in its fifth year, Tyne Bank Brewery Tap has firmly established itself as one of Newcastle’s most exciting venues, serving as a bar, event space and a functioning brewery. Expect beer fresh from the source served alongside their new kitchen venture offering a Mexican-themed menu (think nachos and chilli hot dogs). In summer, nothing beats basking in the sunshine in their beer garden. They also regularly have guest food vendors who you won’t want to miss.