13 Amazing Places to Eat in NewcastleGateshead

13 Amazing Places to Eat in NewcastleGateshead during the World Transplant Games 2019

By Rachel Kershaw – Blogger at www.lifeingeordieland.com

With an eclectic mix of bars, restaurants, cafés and street food catering for all tastes and budgets you certainly won’t go hungry during your time in NewcastleGateshead. You’ll find foodie influence from across the globe with everything from Mediterranean cuisine to authentic Thai food and classic British pub grub.

You’re sure to work up a hunger during The World Transplant Games 2019 so take your taste buds on a culinary adventure by checking out some of these amazing places to dine…


This rooftop restaurant on the top floor of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art has a stunning setting in a converted flour mill with some of the best views of the River Tyne. It also offers mouth-watering food with the ethos of ‘simple, seasonal, sustainable’. Splash out on the a la carte menu or book their early evening offer to enjoy three courses for £25 before 7pm. Afternoon Tea is also a popular choice here.


It’s not every day you get the chance to dine in a 13thcentury medieval friary, Blackfriars offers a truly unique dining experience that is not to be missed. The award-winning restaurant focuses on traditional British dishes with fresh seasonal produce from local farms. Their working lunches offer superb value and their Sunday lunch is one of the best in Newcastle!

Grainger Market

Brimming with budget friendly options the bustling Grainger Market in the heart of the city is a great place for a quick bite and a spot of people watching. You can feast your way around the world all under one roof! Choose from French crêpes, Italian pizza, Turkish meze, Spanish tapas, Chinese steamed dumplings and many more, all freshly made in front of you for just a few pounds each.

River Beat

One of Gateshead’s coolest eateries, River Beat serves up authentic Asian cuisine is small portions that are ideal for sharing with friends. The atmosphere is laid back, order as much or as little as like while listening to some of the best beats around. Head chef has taken inspiration from his travels around the world and the result is rather special. This restaurant also has a cracking view from its outdoor terrace on the banks of the River Tyne in Gateshead.

Wylam Brewery

Tucked away in the middle of Newcastle’s Exhibition Park is a beautiful building known as The Palace of Arts, after being empty and unloved for many years it was recently given a new lease of life by Wylam Brewery who now brew their award-winning beers on site, as well as offering traditional British Fayre with a north east twist. The kitchen is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and it is well worth a visit!

Fenwick Food Hall

Often referred to as ‘The Harrods of the North’, Fenwick is a much-loved family owned department store on Northumberland Street, right in the middle of Newcastle city centre. The Food Hall is a popular place to visit for both locals and visitors who come to fill their baskets with the amazing selection of local produce and tempting array of rare imported goods. It also features several exceptional dine-in options; Mason & Rye is a fine patisserie offering cakes to die for, Fuego is a Mediterranean wine bar where you can enjoy delicious charcuterie and hand-stretched pizzas, then there’s Porter House Butcher and Grill, they cook what they sell and the steak is rumoured to be the best in Newcastle. Plus, there’s Saltwater Fish Company, which is THE place try Lindisfarne Oysters washed down with a glass of champagne!

intu Eldon Square

When it comes to family friendly dining you can’t go wrong with the options available inside Newcastle’s main shopping centre, intu Eldon Square. You’ll find familiar favourites including Wagamama, Nandos, Pizza Express and TGI Fridays, alongside bright modern eateries like George’s Great British Kitchen and Chaophraya. It’s the perfect place for a post shopping pick me up.

Fat Hippo

There are burgers and then there are Fat Hippo burgers! Prepare to get messy as you tuck in to some of the best fast food you’ve ever eaten. Fat Hippo has a restaurant in the suburb of Jesmond and one tucked away in a basement on Shakespeare Street in Newcastle centre. The owners are always coming up with new ways to reinvent the American classics and they do amazing thick milkshakes too. Naughty but very, very nice!


One of the most popular spots with people who appreciate a hearty and insta-worthy brunch, Kiln is a bar, café and pottery that is a treat for the senses. It’s situated in trendy Ouseburn and has a relaxed vibe; you could happily sit beside the wood burner drinking coffee from their hand-thrown mugs for hours. Tuck in to one of their homemade hummus sharing platters with chunks of sourdough bread, your taste buds will thank you for it.

House of Tides

Newcastle proudly boasts a Michelin star restaurant in a beautifully restored former merchant’s house on the Quayside. Head chef and owner is Kenny Atkinson, a born and bred Geordie who has the critics queuing round the block to get a table, you might recognise him from the TV as he’s a regular on cookery programmes. The tasting menu is rather pricey but offers an unforgettable experience.


At the other end of the spectrum is the north east based bakery Greggs. There’s a shop on pretty much every street corner but you’ll still see people queuing out of the door to get their hands on a freshly baked sausage roll straight from the oven. If you’re lucky you might even be able to grab one of their much sought-after vegan sausage rolls. Their coffee and cake deal isn’t bad either!


The Cookhouse started life as a tiny café in a shipping container in an often-overlooked corner of Ouseburn. However, word soon spread about the delicious creations being rustled up from humble ingredients by blogger and cook Anna Hedworth. Her food became so popular that she has recently relocated to bigger premises in Foundry Lane. With fans including Michel Roux Jr, Anna is going from to strength.

By the River Brewing Co (HWKR Market and Träkol Restaurant)

Some of the newest additions to Geordieland’s dining scene can be found beneath the Tyne Bridge in Gateshead in a shipping container village created by By The River Brewing Co. It features an exciting mix of street food vendors and pop ups in the HWKR Market or for a more sophisticated experience you could reserve a table at the Träkol restaurant which has won an army of fans for its open fire kitchen and Himalayan salt dry aged meat.

These are just a few of our favourites, there are plenty more just waiting to be discovered. Wherever you decide to refuel during the World Transplant Games 2019 you’re sure to experience a warm welcome and a delicious dining experience.