Discover The Best Places To Eat & Drink In Newcastle

Moving to Newcastle? There is so much for you to experience and explore, including iconic landmarks, local museums and galleries, as well as a variety of music and theatre venues.

But if we’re being honest, one of the best things about living in Newcastle, is all the amazing places to eat and drink. 

Read on for a few recommendations to get you started.

How many bars and restaurants are there in Newcastle?

By Trip Advisor’s estimates, there are over 2,100 restaurants in Newcastle, and hundreds of bars, pubs and clubs. In your time living there, you’ll undoubtedly make your way around a fair few — but naturally, you’ll want the best spots at the top of your list.

What is the main food street in Newcastle?

The best street for food in Newcastle really depends on what you’re looking for.

Slap bang in Newcastle city centre, the properties on the Quayside are near lots of great restaurants, many with stunning waterside views. There are street food offerings, too, with vendors popping up for Newcastle Quayside Market every Sunday.

Out in the suburbs, Jesmond has plenty of options, from upscale fare to hipster hotspots. And Heaton has a buzzing independent scene which is worth checking out for the next up-and-coming eateries. 

What is the main street in Newcastle for bars?

Everyone has to go to The Diamond Strip at least once during their time in Newcastle. Put on the map by Geordie Shore, it’s every bit as wild as you’d expect.

More on the cheap and cheerful side but just as rowdy, Bigg Market is always a fun place to let your hair down. Or for a more civilised evening, the Quayside scores highly again, with some of the city’s classiest spots for a glass of vino. 

But if it’s the trendy hub you’re looking for, Osborne Road definitely comes out on top. It’s where you’ll find the best happy hour deals in town, and a bustling atmosphere any night of the week.

Top places to eat in Newcastle

So, where’s the best place to grab a bite to eat? Depending on the vibe you’re after, we recommend the following…

Best restaurants for family meals

Got your family or friends coming to visit you in the Toon? Fat Hippo Newcastle is an unfailing crowd-pleaser. Its burger offering caters to carnivores and the most discerning vegans — and with Fat Hippo’s rustic, laidback setting, you’ll be able to show them what your new city’s all about.

Or if you’re looking to make more of an occasion out of it, take them to Portofino. Many say it’s the city’s best Italian, so it’s sure to impress. 

Top date night restaurants in Newcastle

Love is in the air at Boquerones Tapas and Cocktails. An impressive wine list, delicious tapas, and a cosy, intimate setting — what more could you ask for? It’s a popular spot on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to book ahead.

For fine dining without the fuss, head to Nest on Chillingham Road. It’s a great spot for a Sunday roast, but they also have a grazing menu which makes for some perfect date night nibbles.

Vegetarian and vegan places 

Pizzas, pasta, burgers — you name it, and Vegano has your cravings covered. Rumour has it it’s the ideal hangover food.

A bit on the healthier side, Super Natural Cafe is another firm favourite amongst Newcastle’s herbivores. It’s especially worth visiting for breakfast. Did somebody say vegan full English?

Fine dining restaurants 

Suited to the most special occasions, Dobson and Parnell and Michelin-starred House of Tides do the city’s most talked about tasting menus, or for a more budget friendly fine dining experience book a table at Côte Brasserie. Both deliver culinary experiences that’ll live on in your memories for years.

Where are the best places to drink in Newcastle?

Whether you enjoy a pint or a cocktail, Newcastle has plenty of spots to get a drink.

Cosy pubs

A good old-fashioned boozer, The Old George Inn is full of character and has the cosiest atmosphere, making it a stalwart on the Newcastle pub scene.

In a prime location under Tyne Bridge, Bridge Tavern is another must-visit. It has an impressive offering of ales and lagers and is even pipped to be a spot celebs visit when they hit the Toon.

Cocktail and wine bars

From your classic espresso martinis and cosmopolitans to their crazy Cookie Monster concoctions - Jalou is the place to go for cocktails. Happy hour is from 4pm to 7pm on weeknights, when you can get them 2 for 1. 

As for wine, you’ll find the perfect glass of red, white or sparkling at the aptly named The Vineyard Wine Bar.

Feel at home in Newcastle with Seekers

As you fill your social calendar, cosy nights in might be the last of your priorities — but in your new city, you’re still going to need a place you’re excited to call home. 

Seekers has a range of properties in Newcastle — and we’ll be happy to help find a space you love in your new favourite neighbourhood. Get in touch for a chat with our friendly team.