We all know that Newcastle has a wonderful range of restaurants and bars, but away from the busy pavements of the Toon there are some secrets that many are yet to discover.
Hidden restaurants, pop-up street food, purse friendly deals and wonderful new ways to enjoy food are there for the taking if you’re in the know.
We’ve been out and about playing detective, making it our mission to uncover it all to give you the ultimate list of tips and tricks to unlocking the city’s best food hacks.
1. Eat in a shipping container at the Cook House
— anna hedworth (@the_grazer) December 15, 2015
Many will be familiar with local food writer Anna Hedworth but did you know she runs her own kitchen from a shipping container in Ouseburn? Cook House is a cosy little hangout, the perfect place for a catch up with friends and to chat to likeminded foodies.
Ouse St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PF, cookhouse.org
2. Enjoy an Early Evening Special at Café 21
The award winning Cafe 21 is somewhere that you’d usually save for pay day, but with their Early Evening Special you can enjoy a wide range of the menu as part of a 2 courses for £18 or 3 courses for £22 deal which is served every Monday to Saturday before 7pm.
3. Share cocktails on the roof at the Sky Lounge
On the roof of the Vermont Hotel is a beautiful cocktail garden with fantastic views across the Tyne. Usually open only for functions and weddings the Lounge occasionally lets in the public during the Summer months so it’s worth asking at the hotel. Few know about the secret roof so you’re guaranteed plenty of space to enjoy your cocktail like a VIP.
4. Dazzle your date with Paul’s Private Dining
— Paul Short (@_privatedining) November 30, 2015
Impress your other half with a date at the most secret restaurant in Newcastle, your house! Hiring your own private chef costs no more than a meal out and local lad Paul will dazzle you with his knowledge of Northumbrian dishes and local produce. He’ll even do most of the washing up.
5. Feast on fish in a shack on the beach
Enjoy locally caught fish, simply served in a shack on the beach – surely the perfect way to spend a lazy chilled out evening. You’ll find Riley’s Fish Shack on the sands at Tynemouth every Wednesday to Sunday.
King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth, 0191 2571371, rileysfishshack.com
6. Play with your food at Hanahana
Food is served with a flourish at Hanahana where the theatrics are as fantastic as the food. Join the chefs behind the grill stations for an evening of fun and delicious Teppanyaki.
7. Enjoy the perfect coffee under the gift shop
You’ll need some pretty specific instructions to find your way into Flat Caps. The tiny coffee shop is well hidden underneath a shop on Ridley Place and relies on its great reputation to pull in the customers. Tiptoe your way down some fairy lit stairs to find yourself in a coffee lover’s dream.
8. Join Gareth for fun with food
Local chef and food lover Gareth Kyle knows how to have fun with food. From a Guinness World Record attempt for the longest live cooking demonstration to serving lunch on the Quayside’s Swing Bridge, there’s never a dull moment when Gareth is around. With pop up street food events and supper clubs hosted in quirky locations, Gareth is a man worth knowing.
9. Sip Champagne in an exclusive bar
You’ll need to dig deep for a visit to one of the most beautiful hidden bars in Newcastle. Only customers at Rox get to pull up a pew at the Laurent Perriere Champagne Bar which is hidden away above the shop overlooking Northumberland Street. Most of us will probably never get the chance to visit, but it’s good to dream.
10. Eat cake in a furniture shop
Sit on beautiful rustic furniture in peaceful surroundings at the Oak Café, hidden above Barker and Stonehouse. Few know about this little gem making it a great place to escape the busy streets on a Saturday afternoon.
11. Bring your own pie to High Pie Society
— jeff (@newcastle_eats) December 3, 2015
Fancy joining an underground secret baking club with a passion for pies? Each month Pie Club meet in a secret location revealed only 48 hours before to enjoy top quality banter and pie. For the price of £1 and your own home baked creation you can join Newcastle’s mysterious High Pie Society.
12. Cook your own food at Mannaza
Prepare your own Korean BBQ feast at Mannaza where your food arrives at the table raw ready for you to cook yourself on a central hotplate. Great for a giggle, just make sure you someone in your party knows how to cook.
13. Walk down a street food paradise at Armstrong Bridge
On the third Saturday of every month Armstrong Bridge in Jesmond is alive with the North East’s most delicious street food. Plenty of local favourites and familiar faces line the road and it’s a great opportunity to eat five lunches without feeling guilty.
Armstrong Bridge, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne
14. Stroll the Quayside with the Coffee Van
You’ll find the Coffee Van on the Quayside by the Swirle Pavilion every Monday to Friday where they serve a delicious cup of coffee and plenty of great Geordie banter.
Swirle Pavilion, Newcastle Quayside
15. Choose your own meats at Viva Brazil
Relax at your table and let the food come to you at Viva Brazil. Passadors constantly walk between tables with over 15 cuts of Beef, Lamb, Pork, Chicken and Sausage ready to carve for you at your table.
16. Hide in the underground basement at Lola Jeans
Hidden away below Lola Jeans you’ll find Basement Speak, a dark and intimate cocktail bar that has a completely different feel to the bustling bar above.
17. Pay per time at Big Mussel
The Clock Saver menu at Big Mussel starts at 5:30 pm every day, the time you order is the amount you pay. Head there straight from the office for the best bargains.
18. Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone about Prohibition Bar
Hidden under the arches in Gateshead you’ll find Prohibition Bar where you can travel back in time to the world of secret cocktails and cabaret performance. Regular events fill the calendar so if you’ve always wanted to try tango or open mic night here’s your chance
Arch, 3 Brandling St, Gateshead NE8 2BA, prohibitionbar.co.uk/
19. Enter through the secret door to Churchills
You could easily walk past Churchills and not realise it’s there. The entrance to the small and cosy bar below the Vermont Aparthotel is easy to miss making it a fantastic place to relax with your favourite people and an indulgent glass of fizz.
20. Set your alarm for Hippo Hour
Every Monday to Friday from 5pm to 6pm you can enjoy one course for £7.50, 2 courses for £10 or 3 courses for £12 at Fat Hippo Underground, who serve the very best burgers in the Toon.
21. Travel to India on the Curry Train
If you love food and travel but can’t afford an air fare head to Central Station to join the Curry Train. Travel in style like a Raj with an escorted service to the Valley in Corbridge where you’ll dine on huge plates of delicious Indian food before being personally delivered back to Newcastle.
22. Sip cocktails in a secret bar
The recent extension to Pleased to Meet You sees the addition of Viceroy, an experimental cocktail club hidden in the basement. Grab yourself a table and be one of the first to experience Newcastle’s newest secret spot.
23. Have your own personal chef at Fujiyama
Take your seat at Fujiyama and enjoy having your own personal chef for the evening. Each customer has a chef for the duration of the meal who will prepare and cook your food for you at your personal hotplate.
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