The Brandling Villa in South Gosforth, with its resident beagle, is famously dog-friendly (they even do Sunday dinners for your pooch) and offers a burger menu unlike any other – try ‘A Night In With Susan Boyle’, a handmade beef burger with poached egg, crispy pancetta, baked beans, potato cake, mushrooms and salad. Rosie’s is a quaint patisserie serving lavish afternoon tea, while Café No. 95 is part coffee house part tapas bar.
The Townhouse Hotel is a chic boutique hotel – pets are perfectly welcome and with luxury limestone bathrooms, high-speed internet, fabulous beds, a desk to work at and wall-mounted plasma TVs, the accommodation is as comfortable as it is stunning. The Newcastle Marriott at High Gosforth Park is beside the racecourse, as well as being ideally situated for Newcastle International Airport.
Gosforth is dotted with an impressive collection of independent shops; Sarah Bowen Lighting is a high-end lighting store, New England Interiors is best for sumptuous curtains and textiles, David Hall Goldsmiths for all things sparkly, and Katherine’s Florists is overflowing with fresh flowers. Charlotte’s Butchers is a boutique butchery run by local lass Charlotte Harbottle, while Thorpe’s is a Gosforth stalwart with an impressive array of hardware and household essentials spilling out onto the street.
Around the corner
It’s not just big high street names at Kingston Park (though there are plenty of those too, such as TK Maxx and Marks & Spencer). The interiors options are especially noteworthy – for elegant kitchens and bedrooms head to Vogue Living, while across the road Callerton’s expansive showroom offers stunning kitchens. Don’t leave the area without stopping by Luciano’s, a great value Italian restaurant with a rooftop bar for al fresco drinks in the sun.
If you’re a wine lover, you must visit Carruthers & Kent. Born out of the owners’ passion for the finer things in life, wine and food, all of the bottles on their shelves have been handpicked and tasted (tough job!) by the team, so you know they’re all delicious, and you can also select a bottle to drink in the enoteca accompanied by a range of tapitas, cheese boards or butcher’s boards with breads and condiments.