The Bustling High Street a Stones Throw From Newcastle You Need to Visit
The genteel suburb of Gosforth not only has a bustling high street, but is sprinkled with coffee shops, boutiques and plenty of places to explore
The filled croissants and banana bread French toast are enough to please anyone in the morning, never mind the delicious soups and sandwiches served throughout the day at Baby Grey’s. Try Etto On the Park, a brand new coffee and brunch spot in the Gosforth Centre, or for grab-and-go bites such as fresh bread and sausage rolls, head to Pink Lane Bakery in the Old Fire Station at the top of the High Street. When lunchtime comes, stop by The Brandling Arms for a pint and some proper pub classics in their newly refurbished beer garden, or visit Deli Espresso for healthier options like superfood salads. To satisfy afternoon coffee cravings, head to Brew and Bite on Ashburton Road, but if pizza is what you’re after, take a seat in Koru. In the evening, Barluga, serving modern British dishes in the beautifully converted church, is where to book a table, or head to Fortuna for classic Italian small plates and delicious pasta dishes whilst sipping on cocktails in their courtyard.
Pick up women’s fashion at Oubinov, kids’ shoes at Jump or visit Katherine’s Florists or Julie’s Flowers for beautiful bouquets. For gifts, greetings cards and everything in between, Yum Lush should be your first stop, before hitting Eva Boutique for Italian fashion and hand-picked accessories. On Ashburton Road, don’t miss Turpentyne Fine Art for art supplies, or book an in-studio tuition course to brush up on your skills. Further along the road you’ll come to House of Kiki Boutique, a quaint fashion store stocking jewellery and women’s clothing, and before you go, a trip to Charlotte’s Butchery is a must for some of the finest cuts of meat, as well as fresh eggs and other pantry produce. If you’re near Brunton Park you’ll find a fantastic range of craft beers at Coppers, and around the corner you’ll be able to stock up the rest of your kitchen at The Brunton Deli and George Payne’s award-winning butchery.
Around the corner
Despite being so close to the city centre, there’s plenty of green space around this leafy suburb. To the south of the High Street you’ll find Dukes Moor, which leads to the vast Town Moor. To the north, you’ll find wetland and woodland at Gosforth Park Nature Reserve, which is a haven for wildlife and well worth seeking out, and in the middle, Gosforth Central Park is a surprisingly tranquil patch of land which is just yards away from the bustling shops and cafés.
For everything from beer festivals and live folk music events, film showings, gigs and performances, look no further than Gosforth Civic Theatre. This arts venue and café (run by Liberdade Community Development Trust) is all about bringing people together through their events and showcases. If you want to get hands-on, head to Canny Crafty for an afternoon of pottery painting.