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The best restaurants in Newcastle you cannot miss

Jan 19, 2022
The best restaurants in Newcastle you cannot miss

Newcastle is well known for its vibrant nightlife. But did you know the city also has an excellent dining scene for you to get your teeth stuck into? Whether you live in the city centre, just south of the Tyne in Gateshead or in a suburb on the outskirts such as Blakelaw or Jarrow, here we picked out five of the best restaurants in Newcastle.

House of Tides

Found within the city’s iconic Quayside area, House of Tides is Newcastle’s only Michelin-starred restaurant. A must if you want to experience some of the best dining in the North East, chef-owner Kenny Atkinson produces dishes with great presentation and flair. With seasonal ingredients and fine-tasting combinations featuring on the menu, the team is boosted by a knowledgeable sommelier who can recommend the perfect wine match for your meal.


When you find out that the name is the Swedish word for ‘charcoal’, the theme of this quirky restaurant becomes immediately clear. Specialising in barbecued food cooked over an open fire, think classic Scandinavian simplicity and hearty dishes cooked to perfection. The waterside location in the shadow of the Tyne Bridge is emphasised by the converted shipping containers Träkol is housed in. And the attached microbrewery makes this one of the trendiest restaurants in Newcastle.

The Patricia

Named after the owner’s grandmother, the exquisitely presented fare at this bistro in Jesmond somewhat belies its relatively simple appearance. The changing menu is heavily inspired by Mediterranean influences, which can be enjoyed through a selection of small plates ideal for sampling and sharing. Expect a welcome combination of traditional classics spruced up by imaginative modern thinking at one of the top restaurants in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Simla Restaurant

If you’re searching for the best Indian restaurant in Newcastle, Simla is hard to beat. Despite a modern, stylish take on one of the country’s favourite cuisines, the dishes are historically significant and hark back to long-established cooking techniques. As one of the top-rated restaurants in the city, you can be sure of a great experience - no matter if you’re mostly keen on the food or the gin menu.


Another restaurant with a notable selection of gins, this smart brasserie comes highly recommended by its guests. Located within the heart of the Quayside action, 21 is known for its delicious food and impeccable service. Classics are cooked with confidence, while if you’re a regular visitor you can keep things fresh by choosing from the ‘menu du jour’.

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