Wake yourself up with a big breakfast at Ernest – the chunky chorizo hash bowls with herby potatoes, breakfast ciabattas and the homemade baked beans on toast are a treat. Wash it all down with Ouseburn Coffee Company coffee. Locals flock to Albaik, a Lebanese restaurant at the top of Byker Bank. Great value for money, there’s a bustling atmosphere at the weekends but booking is advised.
Ouseburn is home to numerous galleries and studios. Keep your eye out for regular open studios events which offer an opportunity to browse artwork and buy direct from the artists themselves. Pop into Northern Print for exhibitions and workshops at the cutting edge of contemporary printmaking, explore all five floors of 36 Lime Street (home to over 40 artists) and visit Seven Stories, a museum dedicated to children’s books.
Around the corner
The Cluny is a renowned pub and music venue where you can grab a pint, tuck into a burger and catch a gig from a hotly tipped new band. There is also plenty of outdoor seating for hazy summer evenings.
Ouseburn might seem an unlikely place to find an equestrian centre, but right at the heart of the valley is Stepney Bank Stables, where anyone from beginners to advanced riders can ride.
Look out for exhibitions, gigs and other events at Hoults Yard, a vibrant business community housed in a former industrial yard just off Walker Road.