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Food and Culture

Tantalise your tastebuds and take in the North East’s rich culture.

Eating out in Newcastle

Our food scene is a unique blend of high-end restaurants, hidden-gem gastro pubs, casual cafes and independent restaurants offering any cuisine you can imagine.

Whether you’re looking for a classy night out on the Toon or a more relaxed dining experience, the city has something to suit everyone.

Here are some of the best local, independent dineries to try in and around Newcastle.

Cal’s Own

Cal’s Own pizzeria is famed in the North East, thanks to the owner and founder’s commitment to creating authentic Neapolitan pizza through learning from the masters. In fact, it’s one of only two restaurants in the UK with the prestigious Association Verace Pizza Napoletana accreditation. You won’t want to miss this Newcastle staple, based in Jesmond, that gives you an authentic taste of Italy and Brooklyn in one.


House of Tides

This four AA rosette-winning Michelin star eatery behind the Newcastle quayside captures two quintessential elements of Newcastle: outstanding food and stunning architecture. Despite all this, it’s not pretentious at all and prides itself on offering gourmet food in a relaxed, casual dining environment.


Dabbawal brings Indian street food culture to its two locations in and around Newcastle city centre. The restaurant hires highly trained, experienced staff to deliver authentic, delicious Indian cuisine perfectly every single time. Plus, the restaurant’s beautiful interiors need to be experienced in person.

Riley’s Fish Shack

One of the best-known eateries outside of Newcastle city centre is Riley’s Fish Shack in Tynemouth. Sourcing its delicacies from local boats and offering catch-dependent daily specials, it’s well-known in the North East and a must-try.


Step back in time with this beloved restaurant that’s truly a hidden gem in the city centre of Newcastle. Nestled away behind the equally famous foodie location Stowell Street, it’s an authentic 13th-century friary that’s beloved for its food and atmosphere.

Friends enjoying Riley

The Tanners Arms

Known locally as The Scranners Arms (brush up on your Geordie slang if that means nothing to you), this gastro pub serves up some of the best pub grub in the entire region. Its loaded fries are a must-try, and it also does delicious fried chicken and incredible burgers.

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

With four locations in the North East, Rio Brazilian Steakhouse is becoming a regional staple. Its restaurant experience is just as good as its food, with the interior design replicating the Tijuca urban forest and a traditional Brazilian dining experience.

The Botanist

With spectacular aerial views of Grey’s Monument and the award-winning Grey Street, plus stunning interiors to boot, The Botanist has been a local favourite since it opened. Try its famed hanging kebabs and indulge in some couture cocktails while you dine.

Stowell Street

Newcastle’s own Chinatown is filled with restaurants offering various Chinese cuisine experiences. King Neptune has a sublime banquet menu, while Little Asia is renowned in the city for its standout hotpots. Fancy some karaoke after your feast? Red Diner is the place to be.

The Botanist sign

Your favourite chains

Newcastle’s independent eateries form an essential part of your Geordie experience. But if you have a favourite national restaurant that you’re loyal to, you’ll be pleased to know that you can mix up your favourite restaurants with those local to the region:

  • Nandos
  • Fat Hippo
  • TGI Fridays
  • Turtle Bay
  • Pizza Hut
  • Frankie & Benny’s
  • Wagamama


Newcastle has one of the most thriving arts and culture scenes in the UK – from our multitude of museums to theatres big and small, you won’t regret visiting these cultural hotspots to take in performances, art and artefacts you won’t find anywhere else.

Laing Art Gallery

The Laing Art Gallery holds regularly changing exhibitions of historic, modern and contemporary art, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities. It’s an historic part of Newcastle, having been founded in 1901. Alexander Laing, a Newcastle businessman who had made his money from his wine and spirit shop and beer bottling business, is the person we have to thank for the Laing Art Gallery.

Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne


The Hatton Gallery

Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery, based on the Newcastle University campus, has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century. The Hatton’s diverse collection includes over 3,000 works from the 14th–20th centuries. The Hatton stages a programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions, and events including artist and curator talks and family activities. We work closely with students from Newcastle University and exhibit their work on an annual basis, so you’ll be able to take in the work of the students you’ll be helping in your job – no matter your role.

The Hatton Gallery sign


Newcastle Castle

Steeped in history, this imposing Norman fortress is a rugged reminder of northern England’s turbulent past. Newcastle Castle is where the story of Newcastle began and the reason it got its name. As well as marvelling at its ancient architecture, you can attend events at Newcastle Castle that bring its long and storied history to life. From talks to movie screenings and theatre performances, there’s always something new to indulge in at Newcastle Castle.

Newcastle Castle, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Northern Stage

Tucked away behind the Newcastle University King’s Gate building, the Northern Stage is visually a hidden gem. But it’s also the largest producing theatre in the North East! A registered charity, Northern Stage produces incredible theatre experiences that reach local, national and international audiences. With creativity and community spirit at its heart, it’s an integral part of the arts scene in the city.