One of my favourite things about Newcastle's city centre is the variety of food options. There are endless eateries to explore no matter your taste, and I love giving new places a try. Today I'm going to be talking about my favourite foodie places in Newcastle, and if you fancy yourself a trip up North, why not pop along to the Travelodge site and book up for an affordable stay?
Situated just a short walk away from the Theatre Royal, Dabbawal is a restaurant with an interesting take on traditional Indian food. With a tapas-style menu, they combine sharing dishes alongside classic curries. Prior to my first visit, I wasn't the biggest fan of Indian food, however one meal had me hooked! The service, food and atmosphere leave little to be desired and I will continue to return time and time again. I particularly recommend the Murgh Tikka Makhani Masala!
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, I'd certainly book a table at the Great British Cupcakery. A family owned company based under the Tyne Bridge at the Quayside, they offer an amazing selection of cupcakes, milkshakes and other sweet treats. While I am yet to pop in to sample their afternoon tea selection, I have visited on numerous occasions for a quick sugar fix during a day of shopping in town. I guarantee you will not be disappointed if you visit, their cakes are some of the best in Newcastle.
For something to satisfy both sweet and savoury, I couldn't recommend the Garden Kitchen enough. Tucked away in the quieter part of Eldon Square, Eldon Gardens, the Garden Kitchen serves an assortment of fresh, locally selected and seasonal foods on an ever changing menu. One constant however is their Garden Picnic. Containing an array of savoury foods such as sandwiches and salads as well as scones and cakes, there are few people that this option couldn't please. I visit here more often than I care to admit and have never once had a bad meal. Their staff are always super friendly too, which is a huge bonus! Pro tip - get the sweet potato fries. You can thank me later!
The city centre isn't the only great place in the North East to stop for food, however. Longsands Fish Kitchen on the coast at Tynemouth is the perfect stop for some upmarket fish and chips, while Spurelli in Amble makes the most amazing ice cream which is enjoyable at any time of year. All I can say for certain is that the North East certainly does not disappoint when it comes to its culinary options!
What are your favourite local hidden gems?