Where to eat in Newcastle

Where to eat in Newcastle for fine dining

If you’re looking for the highest quality food and a memorable meal, look no further than the Michelin-starred House of Tides. Your fine dining experience will be expertly curated as soon as you enter the building. The building itself is a beautiful 16th century merchant’s house with views over the River Tyne that Kenny and Abbie Atkinson (husband and wife) restored. A professional chef for over 20 years, Kenny is Chef Patron and his tasting menu is a dazzling display of culinary creativity that’ll delight your senses. Kenny’s culinary success has led to him becoming a familiar face on TV (including winning The Great British Menu for two years in a row and appearances on ITV’s Saturday Morning, Islands to Highlands and BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, to name a few). So you can rest assured that you’re in good hands and that the highest quality ingredients are used and locally sourced. Examples of delicacies on the seasonal tasting menu include venison tartare with caviar, smoked beetroot and lovage, or turnip ravioli with hispi cabbage, toasted hazelnuts and chives.

Where to eat in Newcastle for Italian cuisine 

If you want to travel to Sardinia but your bank account is telling you otherwise, then a visit to Pani’s Cafe to sample traditional Sardinian food is the next best thing. Try some malloreddus (Sardinia’s famous pasta shape) which scoops up the flavoursome sauces perfectly. Or enjoy tasting some different tapas bites or their impressive bottarga con spaghetti (salted and dried tuna or grey mullet roe). If you’re bored of the usual pizza and pasta choices in Italian restaurants, then this is a cafe where you can try new flavours and textures and smell rich aromas. While the food could be described as rustic and warm, the ambience matches. You’ll be welcomed — and that warmth is genuine. 

Where to eat in Newcastle for British cuisine 

Fancy some British cuisine and want to splash out? Then Peace & Loaf is your place. This innovative restaurant promises fine dining without the pomp. It’s won two AA Rosettes and a mention in the Michelin guide, so you know that you’re in for a treat. The food is served in seasonal tasting menus and offers an inventive take on traditional British cuisine using locally sourced produce. This genius comes from renowned Head Chef Dave Coulson. And for vegetarians who don’t want to eat another dry goat’s cheese parcel; you’re sure to be wowed at Peace & Loaf because their veggie options are just as exciting and can be adapted for vegans if you ask. As the tasting menus are seasonal, they are subject to change, but expect Peace & Loaf takes on traditional British fare in a mini size. For example ‘fish, chips and mushy peas’ in a croquette, seasoned with chip-shop curry sauce and salt. British bite-sized heaven.

Where to eat in Newcastle for a special occasion 

COSMO Authentic World Kitchen is a stylish 160-seat restaurant and bar located on Newgate Street, with a lavish interior inspired by five-star hotels. This all you can eat buffet is the perfect place for a special occasion. If you’re celebrating in a large group, the buffet will cater for everyone’s different preferences and dietary needs. And no complicated party bill splitting at the end: you pay a fixed price for a delicious and unlimited amount of food including Japanese, Chinese, Indian and Mediterranean and a wide array of spectacular desserts. There’s nothing worse than choosing a restaurant for a special occasion but there’s no atmosphere. COSMO is always buzzing, and to add to the excitement, there are live cooking stations, showcasing the talents of the highly skilled chefs. Don’t forget that there’s champagne to pop and cocktails to sample on the drinks menu so you can celebrate in style.

Where to eat in Newcastle for a street food experience 

For a Thai street food experience, without actually being on a Bangkok street, head to Zaap Thai. But how does that work? The clever team at Zaap Thai have created a fully immersive experience. And they think of everything: the sights, the smells, the tastes. You can eat your street food inside a tuk-tuk while surrounded by a feast for your eyes: the brightly coloured and visually appealing Thai decor. And the street food lives up to the fabulous decor. The menu has so many dishes to choose from you’ll have to keep coming back to try them all. They include exciting and well-loved dishes like som tam, the ‘Queen of Thai street food’, a spicy papaya salad with dried prawns, peanuts, raw crab and fermented fish. Or the famous Thai street food snack — deep-fried sliced banana in sweet crispy batter. Just like on a Thai street, you can watch your food order being made as there is an open kitchen. The drinks menu is just as extensive and includes fun bubble teas in many different flavours and combinations.