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Eating in Newcastle - From Red Hot Curries to Fine Dining

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Newcastle Upon Tyne's fine dining restaurants emphasize fresh, seasonal produce such as halibut and cod from the North Sea, lamb and beef from local farms, and venison from the Northumberland moors. You'll also find restaurants from every continent except Antarctica. Curry houses abound, and there are lots of Chinese, Thai, and Vietnamese eateries. If Italian food is your thing, you'll also find plenty of trattorias and pizzerias.

Typical dishes

 

Newcastle Upon Tyne's signature snack is the chip buttie, a bun filled with fries. You'll also find delights like pease pudding, pan haggerty - made with cheese and potatoes - and savory, doughy stottie cakes.

Newcastle city centre

 

There are plenty of good places to eat in the centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne, close to the city's key sights. You can dine in historic surroundings at places like Blackfriars Restaurant, within a 13th-century building. This brasserie's menu is strong on meat and seafood - Northumbrian ham, steak, and lamb are key ingredients, along with North Sea scallops, salmon, and lobster. Locals like the burgers and craft beers at Fat Hippo Underground, near Theatre Royal.

 

  • Blackfriars Restaurant, Friars Street, Newcastle NE1 4XN; Tel: +44 191 261 5945; Website: Blackfriars Restaurant
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  • Fat Hippo Underground, 2-6 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 6AQ; Tel: +44 191 447 1161; Website: Fat Hippo Underground

 

Newcastle's Bigg Market

 

Bigg Market is where locals go for red-hot dishes from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as well as Thai and other Asian dishes, Turkish kebabs, pizza, and pasta. You'll find authentic tandoori, tikka, and masala dishes for meat-eaters and vegetarians at places like Raj Tandoori Restaurant. If your tastes run to less spicy fare, Italian eateries such as Ticino's will please you with filling pasta dishes and oven-cooked pizzas.

 

  • Raj Tandoori, 25-27 Pudding Chare, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1UF; Tel: +44 191 232 1450; Website: Raj Tandoori
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  • Ticino's, 39A Bigg Market, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 1UG; Tel: +44 191 233 0088; Website: Ticino's

 

Quayside eateries

 

The Quayside waterfront is lined with cafés, bars, and pubs serving dishes ranging from fish and chips to steak and ale pie, curries, pizza, and Sunday roasts. Most of them welcome families. There's fine dining in this part of town too. At House of Tides, the menu is strong on seafood. There are also meaty options, and a nod to local culinary culture with hints of curry and cumin and dishes like pease pudding. You'll find a brasserie buzz at eateries like Café 21, where the menu blends Spanish influences with seasonal ingredients such as Northumberland venison.

 

  • House of Tides, 8 Close, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 3DX; Tel: +44 191 230 3720; Website: House of Tides
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  • Café 21 Newcastle, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2HH; Tel: +44 191 222 0755; Website: Café 21 Newcastle

 

Eating in Gateshead

 

You can eat well in old-school pubs and newer café-bars around Gateshead. The neighbourhood's malls and leisure centres also offer plenty of fast-food eateries. At Six, the rooftop restaurant at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, you can try innovative seafood choices such as crab benedict, roast hake with samphire, and roast monkfish with squid ink linguine. Looking for something spicier? Gateshead has its share of curry houses such as Angeethi, serving authentic and adventurous North Indian dishes like chicken makhni, tandoori sea bass, and pan-seared duck marinated in cumin.

 

  • Six, 6th floor, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE8 3BA; Tel: +44 191 440 4948; Website: Six
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  • Angeethi, 168 Kells Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE9 5HY; Tel: +44 191 482 6494; Website: Angeethi