Food and Drink in the North East

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants in the North East. Treat yourself to fine dining, explore cool street food vendors or discover your own hidden gems…


Ouseburn Newcastle ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

Full to the brim with unusual and unique restaurants, The Ouseburn marries perfectly with the urban vibes of Newcastle’s East End. Brinkburn Street Brewery and Kiln make the perfect intimate settings to meet up with friends and enjoy some proper pub grub and a drink. For an eating experience with a difference, pick up a slice of heavenly pizza from Gingerino's, located under Byker Bridge. This authentic-yet-cheap Italian eatery is a hit with local students.

Newcastle Gateshead Quayside ·

Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead

Snug underneath the emblematic Tyne Bridge hides “By The River Brew” – a large independent shipping container village serving some of the most appetizing street food in the North East. With traders such as Chuchos, Cakes Contour and Fire and Dough regularly serving up heavenly take-away dishes, the Street Food Market simply cannot be missed. If you are lucky, you can also catch guest traders Cheese Sir – serving hot raclette cheese on top of exquisite savoury goods.

Riley's Fish Shack ·


Recently thrust into national spotlight for its incredibly fresh seafood and unique eating experience, Riley’s Fish Shack is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of lectures. Take in the view of the nearby ruined Tynemouth Priory as you enjoy the aromatic dishes in front of a warming fire pit on the cliff-lined King Edward’s Bay. The highly-acclaimed restaurant, which has had nothing but praise from food critics since it opened in 2013, has won a number of five star reviews and was even shortlisted for a World Restaurant Award in 2018.

Brunch in Durham ·


There is an abundance of choice when it comes to brunching in Durham. Vennels Café is rated highly among locals for the ultimate place to grab brunch. Here you can tuck into some thickly-sliced homemade wedge bread and locally farmed cheese. Or, inside the looming Durham Cathedral is the Cafedral - a quaint little tearoom where you can enjoy a freshly baked scone with a cuppa whilst taking in the views of the imposing historical landmark. Vegans and vegetarians rejoice, as Bean Social is the perfect hotspot to grab something special from the inventive meat-free menu.

Jesmond Food Market ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

Standing atop Armstrong Bridge, between the leafy grounds of Jesmond Dene and Heaton Park, is the ever-popular Jesmond Food Market. Passers-by aren’t able to resist the amalgamation of mouth-watering aromas that come from the long line independent street-food vans. Featuring juicy burgers, warming pies, gigantic cakes and even authentic Baba Ganoush, you will not be able to walk along the bridge without giving into the pull of the food carts.