Ah, Newcastle. Home to the Geordie, Newcastle University, the infamous Newcastle Brown Ale and of course, Newcastle United Football Club, but that’s not all it has to offer in terms of iconic status. With a booming restaurant scene (that is no longer solely reminiscent of staunchly Northern food), there are some absolute knock-out eateries based within the city walls, well worth a visit. Which ones fall under this stand-out status? Let’s find out…
To quote the website, this eatery is ‘A small coffee house, underneath a big bridge’.
Located in the historic ‘Quayside’, this is a stunning little place, playing host to loving, home-cooked food; specialising in first-class breakfasts.
If it’s a classic, cooked breakfast (with a twist) you’re after, try the ‘Cinnamon Pancakes’ or the ‘Egg Montreal’. For those of the bolder approach, give the ‘Grilled Craster Kipper with Lemon Parsley’ a whirl or branch out with the ‘Scrambled Eggs White Truffle Oil with Toasted Brioche and Jam.’
Customers can also choose from a copious array of sandwiches, salads and soups and of course, the extensive coffee and tea menu. For those in the know, they even offer the now infamous, ‘Bulletproof Coffee.’
Quite frankly, this place is heaven in early-morning food form.
Peace and Loaf
Established in 2013, this gem of an eatery has already become a huge success in the North East and beyond! Catering to different tastes and budgets, it’s popularity is more than justified when you look at the unique creations on the menu.
Part owned by Head Chef, Dave Coulson, the specialities lay within classic meals taking on new ideas. Peace and Loaf is appealing to those who prefers classic dishes and those who are seeking out more experimental meals. One phrase stands out amongst all restaurant reviewers and that is ‘Attention to Detail.’
There are several menus to choose from, including the ‘A-La-Carte’, ‘Summer’ and Prix Fixe’, there really is something for everyone.
For those wanting to try one of Dave’s tastebud-tingling creations, look no further than the flavour infused ‘Duck Breast, Liver, Peach, Pistachio, Eel and Feta’ or the ‘Homemade Sorbet finished with Prosecco and Popping Candy’. Eye-watering exquisiteness on a plate.
Another establishment located in the heart of the popular ‘Quayside’, Café 21 has been delivering excellent quality Bistro food for 25 years and counting!
Expect classic dishes with plenty of flavour, a warm atmosphere and impeccable service.
Nothing is ever too much to ask and they are welcoming to any food requirements. The aim is to deliver delicious food at reasonable prices and to still have plenty of room for pudding! If this sounds like your cup of tea, then head on down early evening, where you can get 2 courses for £19.00 or 3 for £22.50.
The ‘Rump Steak, Herb Butter, Chips and Salad’ is a firm favourite, whilst the ‘Open Lasagne of Jerusalem Artichokes, Wild Mushroom and Baby Spinach’ is a welcome take on a classic dish. Comfort food at its absolute finest!
The Bridge Tavern
For those who enjoy a good quality cask beer with their food will fail to be disappointed after a visit to this wonderful micro brewery, situated near to the Monument Metro.
This place has a real charm to it and is very accommodating; as the website states, ‘Fairly Well behaved Children and extremely well behaved dogs welcome until 7pm.’
There has been a Hostelry and Ale House on the site for two centuries and the building itself was rebuilt after the Tyne Bridge, making it a real treat for the eyes and for all those history buffs out there!
The bar menu includes such sensory delights as the ‘Duck Nuggets with Plum Ketchup’ and ‘Pickled Eggs with Curried Onion’. There is a definite tongue-in-chic vibe here, speaking of which and for those wanting to be a little more bold, try the ‘Breaded Cod Tongues with Potted Salt’ that come with ordering the ‘Fish Plank’. One for the fun-seeking lot, definitely.
Last (but in no way, least) comes ‘Ernest’. ‘An independent cafe bar situated in the top end of the Ouseburn’, Ernest is the kitchen/bar that you wish you could step into wherever you go (and bring back home, really). The menu is diverse, along with its customer base and this makes for a really fun visit.
Welcoming of all ages and creatures (expect to see many a sausage dog here), it’s a great place to take a friend exploring the city for the first time or to curl up with a group of your nearest and dearest after a big night out on the Toon. (Hang your head in shame, or the mind-blowing guacamole).
Brunch is their speciality and with options such as ‘Chorizo or Haloumi Hash Bowls’ and a vegan breakfast so gloriously well thought out for those non-meat eaters, it’s not hard to see the appeal of Ernest. Hipsters and dog lovers in its natural appeal, but welcoming to all.
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