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The best restaurants in Newcastle

Feed your heart and soul at these top eateries

Believe the foodie hype

Newcastle’s food scene is buzzing these days, so make sure to take in these recommended restaurants

Newcastle’s rejuvenation means it now has a buzzing foodie scene to go with its Victorian grandeur, industrial heritage, urban vitality and legendary nightlife. A visit to the city wouldn't be. so make sure to factor in some top-drawer scran at our recommended restaurants.

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Just off the Quayside, the airy, glass-fronted brasserie’s appealing contemporary dishes are as popular with the area's office workers as with the people who 'do lunch'. Bright and welcoming, it remains as buzzy as ever, with slick service keeping things on the boil. 

Jesmond Dene House

Part of the allure of Jesmond Dene House is its grand country house feel. It sits in a tranquil wooded valley, yet is actually within the city limits of Newcastle. Dishes are executed with refinement, creativity and top-drawer skills.

Hotel du Vin Newcastle

The converted red-brick Edwardian warehouse of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company enjoys commanding views of the city's many bridges, while, as might be expected from this well-established chain, the restaurant has the look of a French bistro, with dark wood floors and wooden-topped tables.

 

House of Tides

Born-and-bred Geordie Kenny Atkinson's contemporary restaurant has put this previously neglected quarter of the city firmly on the gastronomic map. Set within a beautifully restored 16th-century former merchant’s townhouse, his much-accoladed operation works a contemporary chic ambience for stellar modern dining.

Peace and Loaf

In the fashionable Jesmond district, this is a thoroughly 21st-century place, with wood floors and brick walls as a backdrop for avant-garde brasserie food with an imaginative edge. Bag a table on the mezzanine floor for views of the kitchen pass.

Cal's Own

When you're up for a slice of pizza nirvana, this family-run joint delivers the authentic goods, courtesy of a hand-built wood-fired pizza oven imported from Naples, sitting centre stage amid a no-nonsense setting of unclothed tables and bare brick walls. Tapas-style starters change daily.

The Broad Chare

Just off the Quayside, this proper pub in a converted 18th-century warehouse features stripped-back rustic wood and exposed stone. Nothing fancy, nothing fussy, just great beer to go with top-quality local produce simply put together for full-bore flavour. The specials board changes regularly.

Ury Restaurant

An ury is a clay pot used for storing preserved food, a traditional feature of Keralan homes in south India, which is where the regional specialities hail from in this large, exuberantly decorated restaurant just off the quayside.

Leila Lily's

Part of the boutique Grey Street Hotel in the heart of Newcastle, Leila Lily’s bar and restaurant rocks a glam décor of exuberant wallpapers, neon lights and flower displays around the centrepiece marble table. Food-wise, expect a modern grill with Asian influences.

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