Rumbling tummies rejoice! Newcastle and Gateshead have an absolute smorgasbord of tasty options when it comes to independent cafes, restaurants and takeaways.

So whether you’re in the mood for a breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, an early evening bite or a three-courser to write home about, there is plenty to literally get your teeth into on both sides of the Tyne.

Prepare to feel hungry…

Cafes - The creme de la creme

When it’s time for coffee and cake or tea and a perfectly dunked biscuit, there’s an absolute feast of lush cafes and tea rooms which are unique to Newcastle and Gateshead.

On the Go

If you’re hungry on the hoof, there are bloody lovely take aways all over the shop. Whatever your tastebuds are crying out for – be it sweet, savoury, meaty or vegan, they’ll never be too far from some top notch food in a carryable carton.


When you go to an independent restaurant you can be sure you’re tasting something unique, that you won’t be able to find anywhere else in the country. In Newcastle we’re spoiled for choice, whether you want fine dining for two or Indian street food for a party of twelve. Here we kick things off with our favourites:

Newcastle's tourist bus tour should add a stop so that people could gaze down adoringly at that pie – as we did before scoffing the lot.
The Guardian