7 Great Places to Eat in Newcastle

Photo courtesy of Pernille Videbæk

From Chinese, Japanese, Italian, to straight up British, here is something for everyone. So go on, take your pick from the list and start exploring. Your stomach will thank you for it.

1. Cal’s Own

The best pizza place in the Northeast – if not beyond – is located right in the middle of busy Chillingham Road. It's not surprising that Cal's Own received recognition on Buzzfeed as one of the '18 Pizzas You Must Try Before You Die' - their pizzas are a work of art. You custom build your own pizza starting with the base and then add the topping of your choice. As the list of goodies to throw on your pizza is massive you should build in some time to order. 

[Edit: 08/03/2016] Cal's Own has since moved from Chillingham Road and is due to open at the end of March 2016 in Jesmond. You really have to follow them on Facebook to find out when it opens again.

2. Nudo

If you’re on the lookout for a great Eastern dinner experience you can be sure to find that at Nudo. Located behind The Gate down a little back alley, the restaurant is hidden away from the noise of the city centre business and traffic. Inside you will find friendly staff and a rustic and authentic look and feel and this is even before you see the menu. With everything from noodle dishes, rice and curries to Newcastle’s greatest sushi, there will definitely be something to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Nudo has branched out and opened two take away restaurants for a quick lunch on the go called Nudo Sushi Box. One is located near Monument and the other is located near Haymarket Metro Station – conveniently close to the universities if the urge for sushi should arise during a study session. However, do not expect the same standard as in the Nudo restaurant. For the best sushi experience this needs to be enjoyed in the restaurant itself.

3. Slice

Are you in town and quickly need something delicious to satisfy that lunch time craving Slice is the perfect choice. Located in Grainger Market this is a small stand that serves – you guessed it – pizza slices. For a fair amount of money your stomach can be the lucky owner of one of their classic slices: Italian sausage and onion, ham and mushrooms, or the all-time favourite pepperoni. This place is a must try if you are into pizza – and while you are in Grainger Market you might as well have a look around to see what else this place has to offer.

4. The Butterfly Cabinet

The Butterfly Cabinet continues to be on official lists of where to eat in Newcastle and for a very good reason. Located in Heaton, as many other great cafes and restaurants, this is the go to place for thick and dreamy American pancakes, mouth-watering burgers, massive English breakfasts, and delicious and over-the-top milkshakes. The queue out the door on weekends (seriously) is a definite testament to the genuine quality of this place and its great food and staff.

All the cool kids’ favourite space, and on Thursday evenings is gets even more hip as they are hosting jazz nights with local and international artists. So if you are into jazz, or are interested in widening your musical horizon a bit, then come down on a Thursday and try it out. If nothing else then go for the amazing burgers and fries.

5. Six – Baltic

Are you searching for the perfect place for a romantic date? Or just a place where you can feel on top of the world and have a great meal at the same time? Then look no further that Six – Baltic. You probably already know the Baltic, the massive old flour mill down by the river turned contemporary art gallery, but did you know that the top floor has been made into a bar and restaurant with possibly the greatest view in all of Newcastle? Start out with drinks in the sofas with a front row seat to the Millennium Bridge, the Sage, and the river and continue with a lush dinner in the restaurant with all of the city’s twinkling lights beneath you.

Dress up in your nicest clothes and be sure to feel like a million pounds with the city at your feet. As a side note it has to be mentioned that the city’s greatest view also comes with a price and be ready to pay a little extra for all the glamour. But if you have a little extra money in your budget this is definitely worth a go.

6. Café Royal

The name will not let you down – you are in for treatment worthy of the Queen when you step into Café Royal. Just around the corner from Monument, you will find the beautiful building housing this little gem of a café. Even though they also serve delicious food, this is the place to go for your afternoon tea experience in Newcastle.

Afternoon tea is a very decadent meal no matter where you go, consisting of small sandwiches, small pies or other hot treats and of course a generous selection of cakes and muffins. And tea, let us not forget the tea itself. It is the perfect thing to do if you want to feel like someone out of Downton Abbey. Between the extremely friendly and attentive staff and the amazing cakes (their strawberry and white chocolate muffins are to die for – you heard it here first!) this is an all-round great experience.

If you and your friends are interested in trying the afternoon tea at Café Royal – and why wouldn’t you be – it is always a good idea to book a table as it is a very popular place.

7. Solomon’s Dhaba

Indian food is huge in England and there is a wealth of choice in every neighbourhood. If you are looking for a nice, spicy, Indian meal in great and friendly surroundings, Solomon’s Dhaba in Fenham is definitely your target destination. For very reasonable prices you and your friends can have a great evening with authentic Indian food. But beware – if you are not used to Indian food make sure you know whether or not the dish you ordered is spicy or not. Otherwise your mouth could be burning for hours afterwards – just a friendly piece of advise!

      Pernille Videbæk

Pernille Videbæk