Food & Drink Restaurants & Cafés
Brasserie at National Glass Centre
Sited in the stunning steel and glass architecture of the National Glass Museum at the mouth of the river Wear, this lovely place has just been given a massive spruce up (along with the National Glass Centre itself) and serves up a range of traditional and regional dishes made using locally sourced and seasonal produce. Lovely stuff.
Brasserie at the Sage Gatehead
Open daily from 5pm-9pm (12 noon-3pm on Sunday), the Brasserie is situated in one of the most eye-catching venues on Tyneside and serves up a sumptuous two and three course menu. Food is freshly prepared on site, made to order and they use locally sourced, seasonal produce.
Brasserie Hudson Quay
Superbly located overlooking the waters of the Middlehaven inlet this is an excellent place for checking out primarily classical French, Spanish and Italian cooking – the kind of which you might sample at Europe’s grand cafés and brasseries. Just gorgeous.
Bunker Coffee and Kitchen
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
One of the best little joints in Heaton serving up very filling soups, door-stopper sandwiches, burgers, vegi stuff and hearty breakfasts (from brilliant English fry-ups to pancakes to vegi). Also well regarded for their music nights ranging from the blues to the avant-garde. Thumbs aloft!
This smart place (whites, greys, chocolates) has won a raft of awards and they maintain a high standard. A good choice of dishes (particularly fish) it usually attracts the business or older end of the market who can’t get enough of these simple yet imaginative dishes with real respect given over to the ingredients.
Cafe 21 at Fenwick
Found inside one of Newcastle’s most cherished department stores (if any department store can be cherished, it’s this one) you’ll find a real scrummy selection here from breakfast pancakes to afternoon tea to knickbocker glories! More than enough to refuel your shopping urges.
This stylish hidden gem recently moved from a smaller premises to a larger capuccino bar and bistro across the road, in order to accommodate everyone who’s heard about their stunning Portuguese/Brazilian menu. Omellettes, mezzaluna, burgers and spicy fries, for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this huband and wife-run establishment is simply one of the best in Boro.
Cafe Blue Cobra
The duck with tamarind and honey will make you go weak at the knees here. Indian food of a consistently high standard and staff that are attentive without ever being intrusive. The décor has recently been updated and modernised. A friendly and welcoming atmosphere is guaranteed in this contemporary restaurant which has quickly gathered a loyal customer base.
Once situated on Milburngate Bridge, this little place was much-missed when it closed its doors the first time around only to be replaced by a chain operation. However, Café Continental is back in business on Elvet Bridge and doing what it does best – serving up scrumptious cakes, delicious deserts and other tasty morsels along with a range of hot and cold drinks.
Recently taken over by Teesside University, Café mima offers a scrumptious selection of lunches, hot and cold beverages, cakes and snacks. The staff are super friendly, the food is fresh and delicious (the scones in particular, baked in-house each morning), and stopping here gives you a seat in one of Middlesbrough’s architectural marvels, with plenty of warmth and light.
A sparky Bigg Market establishment that gets busy during the day, mainly with office workers and people taking a break from shopping. There’s a range of dishes to choose from, with Greek inspired hummus and tzaziki to chicken and feta fajitas. Whether it’s a light bite or something a bit more substantial, you can sit at tables outside when the sun deigns to shine or inside where there’s a light, Mediterranean feel.