It’s a well known fact that Geordie’s are renowned for loving their scran. Not just the beautiful delicacies that Gregg’s the bakers churn out daily but proper, proper food! Whether you’re from the North East or not there’s just some dishes that need to mingle with your taste buds, be it a mate date, a hangover meal or special occasion with your significant other. So take five minutes of your time to take a look at some of the most “Instagram friendly” posh nosh hailing proudly from the jovial North East.
1. 20 inch pizzas at Manny’s New York Pizza Deli
Situated at Ridley Place just off the perennially busy Northumberland Street is Newcastle’s newest and coolest New York inspired pizza joint. If you’re on the go you can pop in for a slice or haul one of their famous 20 inch pies (40 if you think you can take on their Man vs. Food challenge) to share between peers. Great selections of American beers are served ice cold as well as their five dollar shakes. Consume all this in their hangout style basement featuring leather sofas, live television and graffiti clad walls to give this the urban, laid-back edge restaurants are so desperately screaming out for.
25 Ridley Pl, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8JN
2. Indian street food at Dabbawal
Firmly positioning itself among Newcastle’s best Indian restaurants is this street food pioneer that just keeps on giving. Having only been in the food game for four years in High Bridge, it’s quickly gained excellent reputation (has since opened up a second restaurant in Jesmond) for the quality, street-inspired tapas food that it churns out in its cool, colourful interior. Opt for the chefs surprise menu for a little bit of everything, as above, to get the most out of the mouth watering tastes and spices on offer here.
69-75 High Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6BX /1 Brentwood Mews, Jesmond, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE2 3DG
3. Bar snacks at The Broad Chare
This cosy gastropub is tucked neatly away up a street overlooking Newcastle’s picturesque quayside and stocks some of the finest beers and local real ales, which you can sip quietly in their polished oak bar. Make your way upstairs to the dining room to be greeted with menus offering honest, home cooked food that’s satisfyingly tasty and proudly British. If you aren’t hungry enough for their daily specials order a few bar snacks to share with friends that are generous and full of flavour, their hand-raised pork pie, warm scotch egg, cauliflower fritters and Middlewhite pork crackling with Bramley apple sauce to name a few.
25 Broad Chare, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3DQ
4. Burgers at Jam Jar
Located right in the heart of the studenty suburb of Jesmond is Osborne Road’s newest burger joint that competes with that of the already established Fat Hippo Co. It’s to no surprise that ravenous students find themselves gnawing on their burgers featuring locally sourced meat piled high inside soft brioche buns. Your eyes will be drawn to their signature “Cow vs. Pig” burger – a triple stacked structure stuffed with pulled pork, a 7oz patty with apple sauce and Swiss cheese and your choice of triple cooked fries or sweet potato fries. Their milkshakes are also the best in town, so wash down the greasy goodness with one of these, easy.
88 Osborne Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 2AP
5. Grilled steak / Chicken platters at Lola Jeans
Whether you’re at their lovingly restored bar in the heart of Tynemouth or their cosy retreat in Newcastle City Centre, Lola Jeans brands itself on its unique interior, featuring classic décor and reclaimed furnishings, taking inspiration from all over the world and certainly stands out from most restaurants in Newcastle. Not forgetting their Newcastle’s graffiti sugar skull watching over you in their living room-styled dining room. Their simple but delicious meat platters done to your liking are a great way to get stuck in with your hands and any loose juicy bits can be mopped up thoroughly with pitta bread, pair it with the triple cooked chips or pizza fries and this will soon become one of your regular eateries.
1-3 Market St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JE
6. Grilled Halloumi & Sea bass at As You Like It
Named after that Shakespearean play he did that one time, As You Like It is sprawled across three floors and is often described as Jesmond’s most beautiful restaurant. With an ever-changing menu there is plenty to eat at this eclectic spot that doubles up as a venue for fetching weddings. Don’t let the Nando’s stigma of the halloumi cheese put you off, their spiced halloumi starter is great way to line your stomach before tucking into the tastiest melt-in-the-mouth fillet of fish in the whole of Newcastle, pan roasted for an extra salty layer before subtly covered in a sauce vierge, brill.
Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB
7. Afternoon tea at Olive & Bean café
Take a break from all that strenuous Christmas shopping that’s left you a little flustered and out of pocket. Waddle through their inviting doors with your plethora of bags and sit down to a spot of afternoon tea accompanied with endless amount of globally sourced natural tea and coffee, or even a glass of Prosecco if you want to get your posh on. All their fresh bloomer sandwiches, scones and bite sized homemade cakes (that are still warm, ARGH) are freshly produced on site and they sell their own products if you fancied taking something home with you.
17-19 Clayton St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5PN
8. Steak at Miller & Carter Steakhouse
Steak is more than just a food, it’s a life philosophy. If you’re doing steak night, this is your place. Claiming themselves to be the steak experts, Miller & Carter pride themselves on sourcing the finest cuts of meat from field to plate, it’s to no surprise they have restaurants all over the country. Everyone will be different here but to really get the taste out of these steaks you have to go medium, anything else and you’re missing out. Melt in the mouth succulent slices of beef are not one to be ignored, wash it down with wine in this adorned restaurant in the heart of the city, you might as well..
Mosley St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1DF
9. ALL the meat at Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse
If you’re embarrassed over a little meat sweat then turn around and go back to microwaving last nights leftover pizza because this isn’t for you. Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse has taken Newcastle by storm since its flagship store opened up in the City Centre in mid 2014. Since then, it has often featured as a foodie favourite at the Boiler Shop Steamer and opened its second restaurant in Jesmond just months after the first. They offer carved up meat rubbed with authentic spices then smoked low and slow for up to 24 hours for a consistent quality taste.
For £13 they’ll provide you with three different meats and two sides which leaves you feeling satisfied and stuffed. Badass Brisket, Memphis Pork Butt, Andouille Sausage, alongside 3 bean chilli, it’s the taste you crave that’s not available outside Texas. Paul Henzell, co-owner of Longhorns states: “I’m amazed at how quickly this brand has taken off, from a food stand at events to two busy restaurants in just over a year is something I wouldn’t have predicted, shows how much the North East crave BBQ food!”
10 Mosley St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1DE / 7 Osbourne Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2AE
10. Seafood at Riley’s Fish Shack
It wouldn’t be a proper food list without at least one seafood option on there now would it, and Riley’s really are the pioneer in the aquatic culinary art. Located outside Newcastle in the summery town of Tynemouth, it’s seafront location is a perfect plaice (yes I went there) for hungry passer by’s. Let the mouth watering smell and sublime taste of Adam & Lucy’s browned and seared wood fired fish grip you lustfully and make you drool in anticipation. You’ve got to try their monkfish wraps with their very own Hepplewhite Smokey Chilli relish and aioli, alongside some salt and pepper squid paired with mini garlic potatoes and wood fired bread. Adam, co owner says: “In the summer months it can get really busy at our seaside spot and we aim to keep the customers coming back all year around. With heaters installed into our small, cosy retreat it makes the appeal all the more prominent on a cold day.”
King Edwards Bay, East Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4HL
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