Newcastle might be best known for its nights out and football, but if you spend any time at all in the ‘Toon you’ll realise this city has loads to offer. There are so many excellent places to pick up a bite to eat around the city that you might find it hard to make a choice, so we’ve put together a list of all our favourites in one place so you can find the best of the best.
What are you waiting for? Book a train to Newcastle and get ready to tuck in.
Best Chinese in Newcastle – Sky Chinese Newcastle
Newcastle has one of our favourite Chinatowns in the country. Just a stone’s throw from the station, this is the perfect place to stop off for a feast. Our favourite Chinese is Sky Chinese Cuisine, with authentic Hong Kong flavours and incredibly low prices that really can’t be beaten. Tucked away behind a bright red door, this may not look like much, but trust us, you’ll be thanking your lucky stars if you snag a table at this hidden gem.
How to get there: 8-minute walk from the station.
What to order: Their Dim Sum is widely thought to be the best in Newcastle.
Best Sunday Lunch in Newcastle – Pleased to Meet You
If you’re anything like us, when you’re hankering after a Sunday Roast, you want big portions, lovingly cooked from excellent quality ingredients. That’s why we’ve picked Pleased to Meet You as our favourite spot for Sunday Roast. They source fresh local ingredients every Sunday morning, which means they have some of the most mouth-watering dinners in the ‘Toon.
How to get there: 8-minute walk from the station
What to order: Don’t forget the Yorkies, they’re huge and delicious.
Best Steak in Newcastle – Tomahawk Steakhouse
Newcastle Quayside is one of our favourite areas of Newcastle. A former commercial dock, the area is now bursting with bars and restaurants, and is opposite the imposing metallic presence of Sage Gateshead and the modern BALTIC art Gallery. Although you can enjoy music and art in the area, today we’re raving about the steaks. We recommend you head to the classy Tomahawk Steakhouse, a Yorkshire-based chain, that has a couple of outlets in Newcastle. Steak specialists, they have an incredible choice of cuts and styles, so there’s sure to be something you enjoy!
How to get there: 15-minute walk from the station
What to order: Go all out and try the 20oz Porterhouse. The enormous portion and incredible quality make it unbeatable. Why not pair with Beef Dripping Chips?
Best Indian Restaurant in Newcastle – Thali Tray
One of our favourite cheap eats in Newcastle, Thali Tray is located in Arch2 in Ousburn. This street-food style restaurant has been serving takeaway during the lockdown period, and we cannot wait for them to open up outdoor dining again. Reasonably priced and packed with flavour, they cater to vegetarians and vegans as well as meat eaters. Plus they serve a decent pint.
How to get there: Only a mile from the station, you could walk or get the number 22 bus to New Bridge Street-Blackfriars.
What to order: The full thali tray is obviously the only correct choice, although you can pick the vegetarian or chicken option.
Best Brunch in Newcastle – Ernest
If you’ve spent the night in Newcastle following a big night sampling the city’s secret bars you may be feeling worse for wear, and in need of a proper breakfast. Even if you’re absolutely fine but just love to brunch, we still recommend Ernest. This Café-Bar-Artspace is a favourite with locals for a good reason. Delicious fresh food, great company, and impeccable coffee. What more could you want?
How to get there: Take the 22 from Central Station Clayton Street West to New Bridge Street-Blackfriars
What to order: Full English is the obvious answer, although they do a great plant-based alternative.
Best café in Newcastle – Pink Lane Coffee
Minutes from the station? Check. Incredible locally roasted coffee? Check. Plenty of milk options for vegans? Check. A selection of mouth-watering snacks? Check. Outdoor seating and take away options? Double check. Pink Lane Coffee really does have it all, so it’s easy to see why it’s our favourite café in a very crowded field.
How to get there: Cross the street from the station, it really is that simple.
What to order: Treat yourself to an unusual local roast, you won’t regret it
Best Vegan Restaurant in Newcastle – Super Natural Café
There are loads of choices for vegetarians and vegans in Newcastle, so if you’re going plant-based, you’ll be spoiled for choice. One of our favourites in Super Natural Cafe, right by the station. With all your favourites like Curry, Pasta, Burritos, Nachos, Tacos and sandwiches, you’ll definitely find something that will tickle your tastebuds.
How to get there: Just a three-minute walk from the station
What to order: If you’re feeling hungry definitely try their signature lasagne. Served with chips, slaw and a side salad, it really is a treat.
If you’re planning a trip to Newcastle, find out more about the city by visiting our handy Newcastle guide. And remember to book an Advance ticket via our website or our Train Tickets app to enjoy zero booking fees. For more food and drink inspiration across the network, head to the blog to check out all our favourites.