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Whether you're starting the day in style, or want to brunch away your hangover, Newcastle and Gateshead have plenty of restaurants where you can find an excellent breakfast to fuel your morning. From piles of pancakes to a full English, whatever you fancy, you'll find the perfect breakfast in Newcastle and Gateshead. Here are just a few of our favourites.
As its name may suggest, this cute little cafe is located just off the Newcastle Quayside, making it perfectly located for rolling into on a Sunday morning after a heavy night out in the Toon. They serve up delicious and freshly cooked breakfasts until late morning through the week and all day long on weekends, including pancakes, eggs Benedict and breakfast sandwiches, with plenty of good coffee to wash it down with. In fact, this brunch spot is so popular, it now has a sister branch on Heaton Park Road known as Heaton Ingredient.
The famous 'Full English' breakfast at Quay Ingredient
It's not unusual to see a queue outside Heaton's arty little cafe, the Butterfly Cabinet - but once you've experienced their breakfasts, you'll understand why they're worth the wait. The Butterfly Cabinet has an extensive American-style breakfast menu (try the buttermilk pancakes!) with plenty of classic favourites, which you can enjoy in the quirky, laid-back atmosphere.
Pizza for breakfast? Yes, please! Make your breakfast dreams a reality at The Herb Garden, one of the top Italian restaurants in Newcastle, where on Sundays they serve a Sunday Brunch menu starring their signature pizzas with special breakfast toppings. The menu comprises of sweet and savoury breakfast pizzas, including the 'Breakfast in Bed' which is laden with chocolate, hazelnut and banana, then drizzled with honey and finished with vanilla ice cream.
Quite rightly known as 'The Biggest Sunday Lunch in Town', Malmaison Newcastle offers its famous (almost) unlimited Sunday brunch. For just £19.95 you can tuck into unlimited hors d'oeurves from the Chef's Table, followed by your choice of brunch dish or main course, and a dessert to finish. The perfect Sunday indulgence.
Newcastle's quirkiest teahouse serves up light breakfast favourites on a weekday morning, and a more comprehensive brunch-style menu on Saturdays. The menu can change every day depending on seasonality, but expect classic favourites like fresh pastries and granola, pancakes and Mexican style eggs - now which tea will you choose to accompany them?
Delicious 'breakfast pizza' at The Herb Garden
Tucked away in Newcastle's Ouseburn Valley, Ernest is a super-cool cafe with a focus on healthy, fresh and tasty food, and its All Day Brunch menu keeps visitors flocking all week long. Ernest is especially good for its vegan and vegetarian options, including halloumi hash bowls and big veggie full English breakfasts, and their coffee is sourced from Ouseburn Coffee Co. who are right on their doorstep.
The Garden Kitchen brings fresh flavours to Newcastle city centre, with an emphasis on local and seasonal produce that's transformed into delicious breakfasts all morning long. The menu does vary depending on what's available, but typically you'll find fresh breads and pastries, homemade granolas, breakfast sandwiches and porridges on offer. The rustic-inspired restaurant itself is simply lovely too.
Olive and Bean
For a laid-back breakfast done in style, head to ARLO in Jesmond, which has a homely, cosy feel - if your home happens to be an alpine lodge, that is. Breakfast is served until midday, with a choice of poached eggs and premium sides, waffles, cooked breakfasts and healthy options such as avocado on toast. Sink back into one of the comfortable sofas and sip your coffee while you wait.
If you're looking for a light, healthy breakfast to gently ease you into your day, you're probably not looking for Longhorns. 'Hearty' doesn't quite cover the Longhorns breakfast menu, which is a meat lover's dream with dishes like the 'Big Ass Breakfast Sarnie', and 'The All In' - a platter of bacon, sausages, black pudding, beans, potatoes and eggs. It's safe to say, you'll probably be skipping lunch.
For a comforting home-cooked breakfast, when you're not at home, head to Olive and Bean in Newcastle city centre. This inviting and locally-focused independent cafe by the Grainger Market offers an extensive daily breakfast selection with plenty of hot, filling options, as well as healthy and continental-style choices, and several tasty vegetarian dishes that ensure everyone's set up for the day.
Worth a visit just for the gorgeous view over the Tyne, The Staiths Cafe in Gateshead offers a small but perfectly-formed breakfast menu that's available until early evening - perfect for those of us who are rather flexible about what 'morning' means. Choose from cooked breakfasts and sandwiches as well as porridge, granola and more, and be sure to get a window seat if you can.
Housed in a former bank, the chic and appropriately-named The Bank Restaurant & Bar in Low Fell serves up a famously good Weekend Brunch to start your day in style. Between 9am - 11.30am on Saturdays and Sundays, sink into one of the comfortable leather chairs and tuck into The Bank's Big Breakfast, or sandwiches or eggs Benedict for lighter appetites.
The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art isn't just a place for filling your day - you can fill your belly too at the BALTIC Kitchen. Like the rest of the BALTIC, it's bright, spacious and packed with art, and in the mornings there's a tasty and good value breakfast menu on offer, with satisfying dishes like steak and eggs, avocado on toast, and not forgetting the mighty bacon sandwich.
Enjoying an enviable location in a railway arch, the simply delightful Arch Sixteen Cafe offers tasty, fresh breakfasts with options for everyone, but if you're a seafood lover, you're especially spoiled. Their breakfast and brunch dishes include locally caught crab and avocado on sourdough toast, freshly made and generously portioned, and of course they do a fine coffee selection too.
Looking for the best places to enjoy lunch or dinner in Newcastle? Discover our Top 10 Restaurants in Newcastle, or if you need to consider your four-legged friend too, find out more about Gateshead and Newcastle's dog-friendly pubs. Or if it's time to start your evening, find out about cocktail making classes in Newcastle and Gateshead - cheers!
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