Nestled under the old railway arches near Newcastle’s Central Station, this tiny bistro is not your typical French-style restaurant, but is born from a desire to challenge the idea that French dining is formal or fussy – they offer a sensational, seasonal tapas style menu and an extensive selection of delicious wines. A Living North favourite.
Arch 6 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SA
We’ve all come to love the award-winning authentic Greek food served street-style from Acropolis’s various outposts, including Stack Newcastle and Seaburn, Grainger Market and markets across the region, including Jesmond and Tynemouth. The Dirty Greek is what we go for – a pile of delicious chips covered with chicken gyros and smothered in their signature sauce, with tzatziki and chilli. As the winner of Greek Restaurant of the Year at the North England Prestige Awards, you can be sure of amazing Greek food no matter where you choose to get yours.
NIKO’S GREEK TABERNA
Niko’s has earned something of a local cult following for its authentic Greek dishes and friendly atmosphere. We love the minted lamb moussaka and signature chicken gyros wraps, which can also be served as a platter including chips, pitta bread and salad (for the ravenous). Sit back and watch the world go by as you tuck into their fresh tzatziki or special Kotopoulo Santorini (a delectable mix of chicken breast, peppers and feta cheese cooked in a spicy tomato and white wine sauce) for a taste of the islands close to home.
61 Bridge Street, Morpeth NE61 1PQ
One of Newcastle’s newest Indian restaurants, Rani is on Queen Street and has been keeping Friday nights fun for all curry loving Northerners during lockdown with its delivery service, so we can’t wait to be able to visit in person soon. The menu has lots of favourites but also some new dishes to try, all based on North Indian and Punjabi specialities. We love the Papdi Chaat starter and monk fish Nariyal Machi as a main, with a side of Dal Makhani (black lentils, butter and cream).
2 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG
This family-run Brazilian café specialises in homemade cakes, pao de queijos and coxinhas, Brazilian-style hot dogs and Feijoada, a deliciously comforting black bean stew with beef and pork. A great place to drop in to on your way to, or from the beach, the atmosphere is always fun and friendly (great for families) and there’s good Brazilian coffee on the go too.
117 High Street, Redcar TS10 3DG
Serving authentic Turkish food, this is a local favourite. Their sharing combos are a go-to and the kebab grill is the top pick, with its selection of kebabs, lamb chops and skewers, gyros, chips, salad and cacik. We also love the halloumi burger served in a brioche bun with sweet chilli, but don’t miss the moreish baklava served with ice cream – sweet heaven.
240 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS1 3QP
This popular Italian trattoria in the heart of Yarm is a great place to unwind with a glass of wine before tucking into classic Italian dishes. Find all your favourites on the menu here, from homemade pasta and risotto, to their speciality pizzas and delicious basil and sea salt fries. It’s a little taste of Italy on the high street.
85 High Street, Yarm TS15 9BG
This popular Church Street Taqueria and La Mesa basement bar is the result of yet another of the North East’s successful street foodies going bricks-and-mortar. A place to relax and spend time with friends, expect authentic Mexican dishes inspired by the amazing taquerias dotted all over Mexico and California (they have a specially imported tortilla machine making fresh tortillas all day) and be sure to try their rare-breed pork belly tacos with guacamole, salsa habanera and pink onions – we like ours with a margarita.
34 Church Street, Durham DH1 3DG
The south east Asian-inspired menu here is going down a treat with locals – from steaming bowls of Asian broth and enormous Banh mi served at lunchtime, to the evening menu which focuses on locally-sourced ingredients in the Vietnamese-inspired dishes, all created by Omni’s chef who trained in Hanoi. They also do unbelievably good cruffins and traybake, great coffee, loose leaf tea, and ice cream topped with halva and salted peanuts to devour as you take in the sea views from this cute little seaside café.
12 Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DF
A Thai restaurant in a pub is a winning combination for many and this one is particularly good. Good portions of great tasting food served in a chilled atmosphere make this a popular haunt for locals who love the Kung Phad Prik (hot and spicy king prawns), and Ped Yang (roast duck in house speciality sauce) served alongside a great selection of wine and beers.
4 High Street, Stokesley TS9 5QD
The oldest Indian restaurant in Durham, tucked away just 100 yards from the cathedral on North Bailey, this small, family-run restaurant is a safe bet when it comes to delicious Indian-style cooking. Friendly staff will talk you through the menu, which combines authentic Indian recipes with fresh, local produce for a different take on your usual Balti. It’s very popular – so be sure to book.
48 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET
Head to the seaside town of Seahouses for artisan, handcrafted pizza, baked to order. Elan has a passion for serving pizza and pasta with panache and has been running a popular takeaway service over lockdown. This small but friendly pizzeria operates a BYO system (£3 corkage) so you can take along your favourite beer or wine – although they do sell their own carefully-selected bottled beers and there’s a small selection of handpicked wines, including their house wine, available too.
68 Main Street, Seahouses NE68 7TP
MADE IN SICILIA
The home of Sicilian-style street food in the North East, Made in Sicilia has been offering a takeaway service throughout lockdown, including Sunday lunch, but can’t wait to be able to welcome customers to eat once again. Sicilian cuisine differs from traditional Italian thanks to the Greek, Arabic and Spanish settlers who all influenced island life, and popular dishes include the famous Pasta alla Norma, scaccia and arancini. We love the fish platter for two with lobster, seabags, fresh tuna and langoustine. In the heart of Morpeth, this hugely popular restaurant has a wide range of dishes on its menu (including a wide choice of gluten-free) which change regularly to reflect what’s available locally, including pizza and their renowned homemade pasta.
56a Newgate Street, Morpeth NE61 1BE
Don’t be put off by the location of this hugely popular Indian restaurant in a former Little Chef beside a petrol station just off the A1 at Stannington. Now an institution, the food here is reliably good and their Goan fish curry is legendary. The menu has all the favourites, but served often with a bit of a twist on your usual, and that’s what keeps customers coming back.
Station Road End, Stannington NE61 6DR
This friendly neighbourhood Italian is something of an institution in Cleadon village, with locals returning time and again for delicious food, the extensive wine list and the fun atmosphere. Daily specials such as grilled Lakeland fillet beef medallions sit alongside regulars such as sautéed king prawns in garlic and chicken Milanese, and a selection of homemade pasta and risotto. They’ve been running a Sunday lunch takeaway throughout lockdown, and we know it’s one place that will be packed with regulars wanting their Romano fix the minute their doors can reopen.
63 Front Street, Cleadon SR6 7PG