Places to eat in Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle upon Tyne, in the north-east of England, is anticipating a spike in visitor numbers during 2018. The Great Exhibition of the North and fact that Newcastle was named as the Rough Guide to 2018’s number one destination are contributory factors. That means many people will be dining out in the city’s restaurants over the months ahead.

The culinary scene on Tyneside is vibrant. From the food trucks that park at the Quayside, for the market held each Sunday, to fine-dining restaurants, Newcastle offers an array of cuisines and dining experiences. Here’s a look at some of the places that I’ve enjoyed eating at in recent months.

Indian cuisine on Tyneside

If you fancy Indian cuisine and are in the heart of the city, stop by Dabbawal (69-75 High Bridge, tel. 0191 232 5133). Dishes inspired by Mumbai’s street food, including bhel puri and sweet potato chaat, are served in a modern, informal dining space. If you’re into peppery spice, order the chicken curry that’s inspired by Tamil Nadu’s Chettinad cuisine.

Sachin’s (Forth Banks; tel. 0191 261 9035) is a restaurant that I enjoy returning to for the mango lassi that I drink with my food. I’m still working my way through the extensive menu, whose house daal and chicken-based murgh tikka labadar have been the pick of the dishes I’ve tried so far.

The not so new castle, dating from the 12th century, after which Newcastle is named.
The not so new castle, dating from the 12th century, after which Newcastle is named.

American-style smoke house food

Bierrex (82 Pilgrim Street; tel. 0191 447 7720) is a good bet for American smoke house style cuisine, including slow-cooked brisket, pulled pork and ribs. The combo platters are a way of tasting a selection of meats with a couple of side dishes. The collard greens plus mac and cheese tend to be my go to options. The broad selection of draught beers counts among the reasons why I enjoy visiting.

The Hop and Cleaver (44 Sandhill; tel. 0191 261 1037) operates along a similar concept. For draught beers and comfort food it’s also worth a look.

Kedgeree Arancini served with quail eggs at Mr Petit.
Kedgeree arancini served with quail eggs at Mr Petit.

Tapas and Mediterranean cuisine

Kaltur (8 High Bridge; tel. 0191 447 4464) is a compact wine bar and restaurant serving a selection of Spanish dishes and drinks, including sherry by the glass. Boiled octopus, red tuna tartar and Andalusian-style prawns count among the tapas dishes served.

Mr Petit (4 Eldon Square; tel. 0191 484 1245) serves impressively presented plates to share, inspired by cuisines from around the planet. Don’t be surprised if you see people pulling out their smartphones to photograph dishes such as the kedgeree arancini and garlic and chili king prawns. If you’re into posting food pictures in Instagram then get ready for a feast.

Slow-cooked salmon served at Kaltur.
Slow-cooked salmon served at Kaltur.

 A cut of steak

There are a handful of options for good steak in Newcastle city centre. If you feel like sharing, then the 30-ounce tomahawk at Miller and Carter (Mosely Street; tel. 0191 261 2028) is an option.

Rib-eye steak is also served at the Porterhouse Butcher and Grill (Fenwick Food Hall; tel. 0191 239 6612). Oysters from Lindisfarne are served in the restaurant, whose £5 corkage fee, for wine bought in Fenwick, is an incentive to enjoy a meaty Monday.

Fine-dining in Newcastle

The House of Tides (28-30 The Close; tel. 0191 230 3720) is the only establishment in the city to hold the distinction of a Michelin star. Kenny Atkinson’s seasonal tasting menus are served at this restaurant close to the Quayside. The presentation and intensity of the flavours make this an outstanding choice for a special occasion.

Tasting menus and a la carte dishes are an option at Peace and Loaf (217 Jesmond Road; tel. 0191 281 5222). Chef Dave Coulson’s exquisite creations are served with an air of informality, making this a good place to pair fine food with relaxed conversation. Watch out for the kick from the boozy sorbets.

Chef Dave Coulson at Peace and Loaf in the Jesmond district of Newcastle.
Chef Dave Coulson at Peace and Loaf in the Jesmond district of Newcastle.

If you have been impressed by any places to eat in Newcastle upon Tyne, then please feel welcome to leave a comment about the restaurant below.

Further information

Newcastle Restaurant Week is held twice a year. The event takes place in January and August. More than 100 restaurants participate, offering two-course meals for £10 or three-course meals for £15.

See the NewcastleGateshead website for more information on things to do and see in Newcastle upon Tyne and neighbouring Gateshead. The Great Exhibition of the North will be held from 22 June to 9 September 2018.

The Visit England website has information about attractions in the country’s north-east.

Photos illustrating this post are by Stuart Forster.

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2 Comments

  • Rachel Kershaw

    January 13, 2018 at 10:35 Reply

    Great list Stuart! I would add Marco Pierre White at Hotel Indigo for steak, chef Paul Amer is fabulous! I also love Jesmond Dene House and Artisan for fine dining. My favourite spot for a cheap and cheerful Greek lunch is always Kafe Neon in the Bigg Market 🙂

    • Stuart Forster

      January 15, 2018 at 08:52 Reply

      I enjoyed an afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White a few months ago but love a good steak, so may have to return! Thanks for your suggestions.

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