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Take a hearty serving of contemporary cuisine, stir in a range of exotic eateries, add a liberal sprinkling of home-cooked goodness and season with a pinch of pavement cafés before washing it down with a classy cocktail bar or good old-fashioned pub. With so many superb options on the menu, it’s difficult to know where to start.

Whether it's dining out, calling into a cosy bar, lounging at a pavement cafe, sipping on a cocktail or being spotted in a cutting-edge club, NewcastleGateshead and its surroundings provide a feast of choice to please your palate. During daylight hours you’ll be delighted with the range of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs providing everything from a light snack with a healthy smoothie to a traditional roast with a rich red wine, whilst the evening offers everything from 5-course luxury washed down with a glass of fizz to al fresco Mediterranean delights accompanied by fruity sangria.

Some of our finest food can be found at 3 AA Rosette restaurant Jesmond Dene House, set in a tranquil wooded valley just 1 mile outside the city centre where fresh and seasonal ingredients including organic beef from Northumberland and a selection of fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables from the hotel garden create a fresh take on traditional dishes.

For something a bit different why not try Blackfriars which, housed in a Medieval monastery in Newcastle City Centre, is believed to be the country’s oldest restaurant and has won an AA rosette for its old-fashioned fare with a sumptuous modern twist, or SIX, BALTIC’s rooftop restaurant which offers stunning panoramic views of the Quayside served with wholesome, regionally sourced and seasonal modern British cuisine.

For more exotic flavours, head to Stowell Street where you’ll find superb restaurants and buffets in the heart of China Town, or look out for Fujiyama and Hanahana on Bath Lane for Japanese teppan-yaki. Pani’s cafe is a great choice for an eclectic Italian/Sardinian menu and excellent service with a smile. If you are a lover of Indian street food and deliciously spiced curries then Dabbawal is the place for you, while Sachins Restaurant offers the discerning diner a unique opportunity to sample the very finest punjabi foods in a fresh and exciting environment. If you are looking for a some great views of the Tyne Bridge or a meal before heading to The Sage Gateshead Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant is an excellent choice. 

Blake's Coffee House offers indoor and outdoor seating on the UK’s best street (as voted in Academy of Urbanism’s Best Street Award 2010) alongside delicious coffee and a selection of sandwiches, snacks and sweet treats, whilst Olive & Bean takes a deli-style approach to food with an extensive range of ingredients available to eat in or take away.

Slightly further afield, Tynemouth Village offers a great selection of quaint cafes and tea rooms offering all sorts of cakes, scones, pasties and sweet treats as well as some great traditional pubs and the odd modern wine bar to offset the town’s old-fashioned charm. Crusoe’s provides a novel experience as, situated on Tynemouth’s Longsands beach, it offers great food and drink with a spectacular view across the sand to the vast North Sea, whilst the restaurant in a cave at Marsden Bay in South Shields must be seen to be believed!

The sea air of Ocean Road in South Shields is infused with exotic aromas from the selection of Indian restaurants which line it to tempt those who like a little spice, or for more traditional tastes North Shields Fish Quay provides the ideal place to pick up only the freshest fish and chips.

In Sunderland, National Glass Centre's new Brasserie celebrates a wonderful mix of traditional, regional fayre accented with flair and a modern twist.

Discerning vegetarian or vegan visitors will also have a great choice – say goodbye to that bland pasta dish! With Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle serving up a range of locally sourced, organically grown treats, The Redhouse providing wholesome pub grub and Sky Apple delighting carnivores and herbivores alike with their seasonal, regularly changing menu of affordable and absolutely delicious treats, your time in NewcastleGateshead will be as tasty as any meat-eater’s!

And don’t miss EAT! NewcastleGateshead, a world-class food festival like no other that’s quirky, imaginative and of course delicious. Celebrating local food, producers and chefs, EAT! proves that food festivals aren’t exclusively for connoisseurs. Street-food markets, a beer and chilli festival, iconic cake architecture and other unusual events make this summer festival unmissable whatever your tastes. The only requirement is that you EAT!

As though our excellent bars, cafe’s restaurants and cafe’s weren’t enough, did you know about all the wonderful food produced right on our doorstep that keep our best restaurants and cafe’s well-stocked and delicious?

Our most famous export is of course Newcastle Brown Ale which, after 80 years, is popular worldwide and unique amongst ales with its sweet, nutty taste. You’ll find it in many of the region’s bars and a trip to NewcastleGateshead just wouldn’t be complete without a taste!

Northumberland Beef and Lamb, reared on rolling hills and lush lowland pastures, are some of the best money can buy. Look out for them in our fabulous restaurants, especially Northumberland lamb breeds such as Hexham Blackface and Cheviot lamb, and cow breeds which thrive in Northumberland such as Aberdeen Angus, Gallaway, and Welsh Black.

North Shields Fish Quay provides the freshest of fish by the ton to local seafood restaurants including Colmans of South Shields whose long list of awards is testament to their spectacular fish and chips, whilst family-owned Chain Bridge Honey, a little further afield in Berwick, is the largest natural producer of comb honey in the country. Lindisfarne Oysters, the only native oyster farm between Norfolk and Scotland, is run by Christopher Sutherland who took over from his father who founded the business around 1989.
L.Robson & Sons is a family business specialising in the traditional method of oak-smoking kippers and salmon. Situated in the small Northumbrian coastal village of Craster, the company cures the famous Craster Kippers in the original smokehouses which are over 130 years old.