You can’t walk down a street in Newcastle at the moment without seeing a new bar or restaurant that seems to have appeared from nowhere.
From a fancy new Food Hall in Fenwick to a jazz bar on the Bigg Market, it’s all change for the foodie scene this Autumn.
We’ve been exploring the best of the new restaurants, cafes and bars whilst eagerly awaiting for the arrival of even more later in the month.
The Food Hall in Fenwick has recently undergone a fancy transformation and has brought with it some exciting new places to dine. Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar, Fuego has a beautiful wood stone oven where it cooks up tapas and hand stretched pizzas influenced by the delicious produce on sale in the Food Hall.
Fenwick Food Hall, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1AR, 0191 232 5100, fenwick.co.uk/stores/newcastle/fuego
Mason + Rye
Cake lovers get ready to be amazed. The new look Fenwick Food Hall is home to new patisserie Mason + Rye where colourful sweet treats sit in the largest cake counter Newcastle has ever seen. If the jumbo macarons aren’t enough to tempt you, the afternoon tea should do the trick.
Fenwick Food Hall, Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1AR, 0191 232 5100, fenwick.co.uk/stores/newcastle
Housed in the old River Boat Police Station, River Beat has a prime spot overlooking Newcastle’s Quayside. Set a reminder in your diary for next Summer as there’s some rather tempting outdoor seating on the river bank that will be a prime location for the sunny months. River Beat serves a tasty mix and match menu of Asian inspired tapas.
House Pipewellgate, Pipewellgate, Gateshead, NE8 2BJ, 0191 477 0553, riverbeat.co.uk
Offering the people of Newcastle something different, Kracklin is bringing comfort food to Newcastle just in time for Winter. The gourmet roast meat sandwich shop serves up its delicious food fresh to order with the meat being carved at the counter. Italian inspired Porchini and home-made salt beef is served on locally baked ciabatta. If meat isn’t your thing there are also soups, salads and a selection of cakes for hungry diners.
1 Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JF, 0191 340 0320, facebook.com/kracklinjoint
Long Play Café
Music and food go hand in hand at Long Play Café on the Quayside, where you can grab a coffee, enjoy a leisurely all day breakfast or buy some vinyl. Browsing the selection of second hand records is encouraged and you can choose what you want to play on the cafe’s sound system.
48-52 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3JF, 07800 938 247, facebook.com/LongPlayCafe
The south of Italy has arrived in Newcastle with Rossopomodoro in John Lewis bringing its Neapolitan pizzas to hungry shoppers. The glittering gold pizza oven creates authentic pizzas with a charred crust and soft and juicy centre.
John Lewis, Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1AB, 0191 261 1287 rossopomodoro.co.uk/restaurant/newcastle
Old world values and classic home grown cuisine aren’t things you’d usually associate with the “grab a kebab” mentality of the Bigg Market but the Gentleman is here to change that. Warm lighting and soothing jazz make this the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or some classic comfort dishes and if you’re lucky you might catch some live music.
6 Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1UW, 0191 260 2040, thegentlemannewcastle.com
The opening night of Byron Burger saw queues circling round Monument as eager fans waited patiently to get their hands on the latest must have burger. Byron are keen to bring simplicity back to the burger by offering British beef served in a soft bun. The menu is fuss free and the burgers are delicious.
104-108 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6JG, 0191 261 2277, byronhamburgers.com
The Gin Bar
The Crowne Plaza’s The Gin Bar recently opened in Newcastle bringing with it 27,000 varieties of martini, just what you need to create your very own signature drink. If martinis aren’t your thing the drinks menu also boasts delicious gin based cocktails as well as locally brewed beer from the Wylam Brewery and freshly ground coffee from Ouseburn Coffee.
Forth Street, Stephenson Quarter, NE1 3SA 0191 562 3333 theginbar-ncl.com
Next door to the Gin Bar is Hawthorns, home of fine Northern dining. Using local produce the restaurant prepares delicious family meals, light bites for hotel residents or lunches for business travellers in the comfortable restaurant who pride themselves on their clutter free tables.
Forth Street, Stephenson Quarter, NE1 3SA 0191 562 333 hawthorns-ncl.com
Also coming to Newcastle soon:
Canteen and Cocktails
Opening this month on Dean Street, Canteen and Cocktails is bringing the American Deep South to Newcastle with pit barbecue food and cocktails. If you’re bad at the waiting game head to Stockton on Tees where you’ll find the original Canteen and Cocktails.
Part of the Vermont Hotel, Aveika will be opening its doors in the old home of popular bar Chase. Serving traditional Japanese barbecue food, launch night is set for 21 November and promises to be a night of dining, drinking and dancing.
The Caribbean inspired restaurant, Turtle Bay arrives in Toon this Autumn brining with it one pot curries and jerk pit barbecue dishes. The cocktail menu is sure to be a hit with more than 40 rums from across the Caribbean on the menu.