The knowledge: Jeff Lyall’s guide to eating out in Newcastle
eating out in newcastle

With the city increasingly full of inspired bars, cafes and restaurants covering a wide range of styles and tastes, eating out in Newcastle is becoming a more and more attractive proposition for any dedicated food lover.

Jeff Lyall is the founder of top dining blog Newcastle Eats, for which he has covered the full spectrum of eating opportunities – from Michelin-starred restaurants to budget buffets.

Here, he shares his recommendations for the best places to eat in Newcastle, in our latest installment of The Knowledge…

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[Food Glorious Food – a feast is served at The Broad Chare]

The place I keep going back to…

The Broad Chare – simple food, great ingredients, cooked well every time. Not much more you can ask for really.

My favourite place for a quick, no-fuss bite to eat…

A new little pizza place opened up recently, Cal’s Own – promising “better than Brooklyn” style pizzas. A bold claim, but the pizzas from there are really as close to the real deal as I think you’ll ever find. It’s bring your own drinks as well, so a great place to chill out with friends. 

The best place for a special occasion…

Jesmond Dene House – grand, pricey, elegant, but definitely something special: be it the afternoon tea, or the best tasting menu in the city. 7+ courses of quality food cooked with a deft touch, which is something rare in Newcastle.

My favourite place for veggie food…

Dabbawal keeps things interesting in a spicy way, or there’s The Stand Bistro courtyard for something unique, typically Thai influenced, and mostly veggie friendly.


[Something Fishy: the seafood platters at Latimer’s are legendary]

My favourite place for seafood…

Just a short trip from Newcastle, Latimer’s Seafood is more a seafood supplier than a restaurant – but they do have a great cafe a stone’s throw away from the North Sea where you can eat their local, sustainably-caught, and always super fresh seafood. They do massive seafood platters which are to die for.

What I think is unique about the Newcastle dining scene…

Being a small, compact city means everyone knows everyone so sharing tips for new places etc. spreads fast, and a new place can be made or broken in weeks rather than months. Newcastle isn’t exactly reknowned for its culinary heritage, but we are improving rapidly – “street food”, popups and all the rest, hopefully giving people an alternative to the chains which dominate.

New restaurants which have impressed me recently…

The Red House is brand new and busy, thanks to its fantastic pies; we have a new popup cafe called The *Teashed at Fenwick, one of the biggest and oldest departments stores; and Nudo Sushi Box recently opened – which is great for a quick bite on a lunchtime.


[A Classy Cuppa: Cafe 21 is just one of several top eateries at Fenwick department store]

A local chef who has caught my attention…

David Kennedy always puts out food which is relatively simple but full of big flavours. He has now opened his third restaurant in a beautiful setting just outside of the city centre which will no doubt be another success, and no doubt he will open more in future. Reliable quality.

My perfect foodie day and night in Newcastle…

Nursing a hangover, I’d grab some Eggs Benedict at Blake’s Cafe, followed by a coffee and watching the world go by with the “world’s best cheese toastie” at 9Bar. Then a mid-afternoon tea at Cafe 21 in Fenwick plus a glass of bubbly, finishing off with a massive curry at Sachins.

After that, it’d be a pork pie, scotch eggs and a good local pint in the Broad Chare, and onto the town for a messy night of cocktails at Popolo. A typical Saturday really!

Read more from Jeff at Newcastle Eats. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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