Newcastle has been buzzing with new restaurants opening lately from well-known chains to small independents. Although a lot of focus has been on Grey’s Quarter in Eldon Square, venture a little further afield and you’re in for a treat. Check out our ‘hit list’ of the top 5 places we want to try next…
Situated in the former home of Rumpoli’s on the Quayside, Shilling is all about ‘nose to tail’ dining. Think inventive dishes utilising the whole animal and thus minimising food waste. These guys used to work behind the bar at Popolo’s (before it moved and became Bierrex), so they know a thing or two about a cocktail too.
Address: 17 Sandhill, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AF
UPDATE: Read our review of Shilling here
This taco shack on the Quayside is taking Newcastle by storm. With Californian head chef Shaun Hurrell at the helm and support from Riley’s Fish Shack in Tynemouth it’s sure to be a success. We’ve tried Barrio Comida at the Boilershop Steamer before and we’re excited to check out their Mexican food with a twist again very soon.
Address: Wesley Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DE
Named after the infamous Victorian architects who shaped Newcastle and housed in the former home of Terry Labourne’s Cafe 21, this place has some great credentials. Add to this the fact it’s owned by the same people as Blackfriars and that the Michelin guide is already praising them, it’s going to be a sure-fire hit. The focus is on fresh, seasonal food and ingredient pairing without the need for over seasoning. Can’t wait to see if they live up to the hype!
Address: 21 Queen Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3UG
UPDATE: Read our review of Dobson & Parnell here
Across the road from Central Station, some of you may remember the building when it was Lizard Lounge. It’s had a bit of a makeover since then – to the tune of £1 million to be exact. It’s owned by the group behind some of Newcastle’s most popular eateries like Pleased to Meet You and Hop & Cleaver. Head chef Andrea Muru promises authentic Neopolitan style pizza, cooked in a wood fired pizza oven sourced from Naples. They’re open early till late and have a great cocktail menu on offer too.
Address: 8 Neville Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15EN
After making a name for themselves in the picturesque fishing village of Craster, The Jolly on the Quay brings great fish to the Quayside. We can vouch for their knowledge of fish as we’ve been to their original restaurant so if you want a taste of the coast in the city centre give them a try.
Address: 95 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3DH
What do you think, have we missed anywhere? If you’ve eaten in any of these places, we’d love to hear your thoughts!