WITH SPRING now upon us, many people are no doubt making plans to surprise their other halves with an engagement ring. But there’s far more to a memorable proposal than you might think, and coming up with the right way to ask those four little words can be challenging for even the most die-hard of romantics. If you’re planning to pop the question in Newcastle, then our interactive guide might help you make your proposal extra special.
In short, it’s about making it as personalised to your relationship as possible. From finding the perfect location to choosing a ring they’ll love, there are countless ways of making your proposal truly unique.
All this planning might seem like a lot of pressure, but don’t worry – we’re here to make it that little bit easier. To help you out, our guide features some of Newcastle’s best romantic hotspots, including restaurants, bars and boutiques, galleries, awe-inspiring landmarks, and more.
16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN
T: 0191 260 5411
Located in The Biscuit Factory, artisan’s modern interior is inspired by the gallery. With a dramatic 25-foot glass wall that showcases the sculptures on display at the gallery, it’s a one-off location that will make your special day memorable. Using only the freshest regional and local ingredients, your surroundings won’t be the only thing you’re mesmerised by during your visit.
Tip: “Let our award-winning Head Chef Andrew Wilkinson take you on a culinary journey with our bespoke tasting menu. Book an exclusive tour around the gallery for just the two of you and dine in private, so you can pop the question with no-one around.”
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Jesmond Three Sixty, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB
T: 0191 281 2277
Voted the 7th sexiest restaurant in the world by The Observer, As You Like It is a hidden gem providing you with a cool, quirky and one-of-a-kind romantic hideaway. Set over three sprawling floors, and featuring four stunning bars as well as an elegant garden terrace – it’s a place to be seen, with plenty of room to get loved up.
Tip: “Why not bring your nearest and dearest to our Private Dining Room to propose under the stars on your own magical outdoor terrace? Or you can book our stunning Frangipani room – filled with twinkling fairy lights, it sets the perfect atmosphere for that memorable moment.”
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16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN
T: 0191 261 1103
Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter – the Ouseburn Valley – The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial contemporary art, craft and design gallery. Built within a former Victorian warehouse, it’s spread over two floors, showcasing inspiring modern art, sculpture, print, jewellery and homeware. With four major exhibitions every year, representing the work of up to 250 artists per season, you’ll be able to find the ideal setting for that special moment.
Tip: “After getting down on bended knee amongst our stunning art collection, make the most of your visit and try our unique in-house restaurant, artisan, so you don’t have to wait too long to pop the champagne!”
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Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5AU
T: 0191 261 6307
Inspired by nature, The Botanist’s stunning interior features a large sycamore tree beneath a beautiful glass dome ceiling as its centerpiece. Both the roof garden terrace and dining areas serve as great vista points for views of Newcastle city centre. With an extensive menu of original, botanical cocktails and scrumptious dishes, The Botanist is a model location for an unforgettable evening.
Tip: “For an authentic Botanist experience, toast to your life together with our Peach and Kiwi Fizz, while admiring the sunset from our roof garden terrace. We’ll be on hand to make the moment extra special in this picture perfect setting.”
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Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY
T: 0191 212 3000
Jesmond Dene House is an award-winning, boutique hotel filled with warmth and personality. Set in the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, only five minutes from Newcastle city centre, the Grade ll-listed Arts and Crafts building dates back to 1871. With gorgeous gardens, 40 luxury bedrooms, a three AA Rosette restaurant and several function rooms, it’s the ideal place to propose and celebrate. The Great Hall is just one of the stunning event rooms, featuring wooden panelling and an inglenook fireplace that gives the house its much-loved character.
Tip: “Pull out all the stops for your proposal and book our Dinner, Bed and Tasting Menu package, but instead of dining in the restaurant amongst other guests, create a magical, intimate setting and book one of our small private rooms. We can organise everything to create the wow factor, from flowers and candles to live music and your name in lights.”
The Black Gate, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ
T: 0191 230 6300
Newcastle Castle is built on the site of the medieval fortress that gave the city its name. The impressive structure consists of two buildings: the imposing Castle Keep and its medieval gatehouse, the Black Gate. Located in the heart of the city centre, it has survived siege, warfare and even the coming of the railways, with the train line running right through the middle of the site!
Tip: “Climb the stairs for unbeatable 360° views of the city, and the iconic Quayside and its bridges. The Castle can be booked after hours – meaning you can have the rooftop all to yourself when you make your proposal in front of this romantic backdrop.”
217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1LA
T: 0191 281 5222
Opened in 2013, Peace & Loaf has since become a roaring success in the region and beyond. Part-owned by head chef Dave Coulson, every care and attention goes into the meticulously crafted menu, filled with new takes on classic dishes. As the proud owner of two AA Rosettes and having been mentioned in the Michelin guide, Peace & Loaf promises fine dining without the fuss.
Tip: “When planning your proposal, give us a call and we’ll make sure it’s extra special. Start your evening with a stroll through the iconic Jesmond Dene, then join us and wow your other half with our ten course tasting menu, paired with some of the finest wines.”
10-12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG
T: 0191 227 5500
Initially opened as a newsreel theatre in 1937 by Dixon Scott, the great uncle of filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, Tyneside Cinema is one of Newcastle’s most treasured sites. It’s the city’s only full-time independent cultural cinema, showing the best films in stylish and beautiful surroundings. The Grade II-listed building is an important, must-see piece of heritage that has been lovingly restored to preserve and celebrate the grandeur of its original 1937 art deco design.
Tip: “Pick your other half’s favourite film for a private screening, with a personalised on-screen message to help you start your journey to the altar! You can then invite up to 30 guests to celebrate your engagement as you enjoy drinks and popcorn in our luxurious Digital Lounge.”
St Mary’s Island Causeway, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear, NE26 4RS
T: 0191 200 8650
St Mary’s Lighthouse is situated on a mini-island just north of Whitley Bay, offering spectacular views of the North Sea and North East coast. It’s a great place to visit at sunset or moonrise, as well as during the day when you can explore the surrounding beaches and rockpools.
Tip: “For an amazing proposal backdrop, and to work off the nerves, climb the 137 steps to the top of the lighthouse, and you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view of the coast. Make sure to check the weather forecast though, as the only thing that should be blowing your partner away is how flawless your proposal was!”
1 Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AE
T: 0191 300 9470
As an award-winning luxury jeweller, ROX has built an enviable reputation for offering diamond engagement rings that are second-to-none. Each ring contains the most exquisite, handpicked diamonds, and is designed entirely in-house, making it unique and exclusive to ROX.
Tip: “With our trained diamond specialists, there’s no need to stress about choosing the perfect engagement ring. Take a seat in our Thrill Room and sip on champagne as we take you through our range of remarkable diamonds that your soon-to-be fiancee will love. Stuck for inspiration? Sisters and friends are a great place to start.”
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