Here in Newcastle, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink. From Michelin starred restaurants to quirky British street food stalls, there is something for everyone. With so much choice it can be a challenge to sort the best of the best from the ordinary. That’s why we have created this helpful article that showcases the best of what Newcastle (and the North East) has to offer.
The Best Burger in Toon: The Fat Hippo
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Fat Hippo is in a league of its own when it comes to finding the ultimate burger in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Located in a subterranean vault you could be forgiven for thinking that you were dining in ultra-trendy Shoreditch, London. Over the years Fat Hippo has earned cult burger-joint status amongst the Geordie nation, something which is not to be sniffed at when considering the plethora of gourmet burger outlets available across the city.
Here it is all about the burger, from their famous, succulent patties to the sweet brioche buns and skin-on chips, you will not leave disappointed.
Good Food, Messy Fingers, Juicy Burgers. The Fat Hippo
Newcastle’s Answer to Fine Dining: House of Tides
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House of Tides is Newcastle’s only Michelin starred restaurant, offering a casual fine dining experience with modern British cooking.
Born and bred geordie, Kenny Atkinson opened House of Tides back in 2014, breathing new life into a grade 1 listed former merchant townhouse on Newcastle’s stunning quayside.
House of Tides offers an experience which we believe all foodies should try. Although the fixed tasting menu might seem expensive, it is totally justified in the exquisite quality of the food, and you can see how much time and effort goes into developing each dish. There’s an appealing wine pairing to compliment and the service is second to none!
The Ultimate Sunday Lunch: Blackfriars
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Blackfriars is really is part of the furniture in Newcastle. It has been the North East foodie’s go-to Sunday Lunch eatery for what seems like forever, winning multiple awards including being crowned the best Sunday Lunch in Newcastle on more than one occasion.
Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of Newcastle’s busy streets, punters can enjoy dining in a 13th century former medieval friary, which is believed to be the oldest dining room in the UK!
Alongside its low ceilings and age-old beams, Blackfriars serves up gutsy, traditional British food, created from top-quality produce from local farms. Their belly-busting Sunday Lunch certainly lives up to expectation and is the perfect prelude to a well earned Sunday afternoon kip!
Enjoy a Taste of History – Blackfriars
World-class Sweet Treats: The Brownie Bar
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The Brownie Bar has been supplying the streets of Newcastle with their trademark delicious brownies since 2010, growing into two stores, in Heaton and the other in Eldon Garden – one of the North East’s busiest shopping centres.
There are over 30 varieties to choose from with new flavours being developed all the time. The scrumptious brownies feature sweet treats such as Oreo, Nutella, peanut butter, and salted caramel amongst others, and they are perfectly paired with the impressive selection of milkshakes.
If you are looking for a top-quality, sweet treat to satisfy your cravings, you’ll struggle to beat the Brownie Bar.
“Bringing Gooey to Yooey!” The Brownie Bar
Afternoon Tea To Die For: The Running Fox
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Strictly speaking the Running Fox is not in Newcastle, but about 25 miles to the North slap-bang in the centre of Northumberland’s stunning countryside. Trust me, it is well worth the journey!
Afternoon tea is often a hard sell, especially to boyfriends and husbands. However, the Running Fox is a little bit different. From the tasty sandwiches and epic pies to the delicious wedges of cake you really will not be disappointed. The food is rustic and filling with portion sizes so generous that finishing it can be a challenge. Don’t worry though, the staff are quick to package any leftovers to enjoy later.
This quirky café should be placed right at the top of your ‘must visit list’, but make sure you book in advance, it’s extremely popular!
The King of Beers: Wylam Brewery
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If you have a thirst to quench, then you can do a lot worse than heading to Wylam Brewery. Set amongst one of Newcastle’s beautiful city centre parks, Wylam Brewery brought Exhibition Park’s Palace of Arts back to life. It had been derelict and beginning to decay.
The Wylam Brewery Tap Room is the envy of pubs and beer houses not only in the North East, but also right across the UK. There are 14 keg taps on the bar wall featuring the freshest beer around. From the 4.0% Gold Tankard through to the colossally strong 10% Imperial Macciato coffee porter there is something to tickle the taste buds of every punter. Don’t worry if you do not like beer, there’s a fantastic selection of small batch spirits and artisan wines to sample.
You are guaranteed to be met with a warm, buzzing atmosphere in a venue that plays host to some of the best musical entertainment to be found across the North East.
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