Food & Drink in Newcastle

When it comes to eating out, you can’t find anywhere better than Newcastle. The city is known for its good food and great service, as well as an amazing choice of bars, cafes and restaurants. And it’s not all fine dining either, as Newcastle has good food and drink options for those on a budget too. Here are just a few.



In need of a good breakfast? Try Quay Ingredient. The eggs Benedict served here are second to none, but it’s also great for simple favourites like boiled egg and soldiers or chip butties come lunchtime. Those with a sweet tooth on the other hand won’t be complaining, with options like cinnamon pancakes and French toast also on the menu.


One of the perfect places to lunch in Newcastle is Ernest. This achingly cool café has a diverse menu, and offers big portions and take away dishes at surprisingly low prices.

Meanwhile, the Zaptista Burrito Bar has a lot to offer, from wonderfully fat hand-held burritos to salad bowls, tacos, or just plain ol’ chilli and rice, served just how you like it. And that’s not even mentioning the ton of extras to boot that will give your lunch the yum factor.


For a hidden dinner gem try Cook House, where sustainability awareness and culinary creativity are the order of the day. Or grab friends and share a pizza at Cals Own, which offers Brooklyn style pizza at a price you just can’t say no to, as well as delivery service for a mere £2.

Both restaurants use local produce within their menus and let you bring your own booze, helping to keep dinner bang on budget.


If dinner on the sofa is more your style there are plenty of takeaways in Newcastle. Head down to Grainger Market where a few quid will get you some delicious take out grub, including pizza, deli delights and French pastries.

Rasa is also known for its south Indian cuisine, offering a whirlwind array of sambars, curries and freshly baked breads. Grab yourself a lunchtime bargain for £5.50 or less, which involves a portable box of curry, rice, roti bread and even a kheer rice pudding for dessert. The menu also throws up some fantastic options for vegetarians.

Vegetarian & Vegan

While you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to vegetarian options, Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle can offer you something special that won’t break the bank. Open Tuesday to Sunday, for lunch or dinner, you’ll discover a locally sourced, healthy menu right in the city centre.

Sky Apple Cafe is another treasure that ensures non-meat eaters aren’t missing out. From devilish veggie corndogs to tofu curry wraps and even vegan Tex Mex cornbread paninis, you won’t just visit once.


Whether you fancy finding a secret watering cove in the city centre or prefer to venture out to enjoy a drink by the water, there are plenty of pubs and bars to tempt you.


Of course Newcastle has all the big chains, including Pitcher & Piano and The Living Room, but don’t miss the chance to experience independent bars too. Jalou take cocktails very seriously and you’ll find brilliant daily offers – such as half price cocktails on Thursday nights.


Beer lovers aren’t forgotten either. Don’t miss The Bridge Tavern, nestled under Tyne bridge, whose in-house micro brewery ensures a variety of beers on tap. This place also provides loveable pub grub with an edge, (try its haggis toastie with quail’s eggs) which goes perfectly with the plush gentleman’s club-style furnishings.

Tea & Coffee

Flat Caps Coffee is full of character and one of the best stops for both tea and coffee in Newcastle. Alternatively, you’re heading to the station, pop into Pink Lane Coffee for a cuppa and a delicious cake or two!