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When the kids are off school, you try to pack in as many fun activities in NewcastleGateshead as you can to keep them entertained. Then you realise you have planned the full day and forgotten about where to take the family for a bite to eat. We have some great family-friendly restaurants for everyone to enjoy in Newcastle and Gateshead.

It can be difficult if your children are fussy eaters, however, with plenty of menu choices for all the family - from pizzas to burgers, curries or toasties, there are some tasty treats in Newcastle and Gateshead to keep your little ones satisfied.

Gino D’Acampo

Born in the south of Italy, Gino D’Acampo’s parents always encouraged him to try all kinds of food, so he has created a children’s menu at his Quayside restaurant to encourage them to try something new. The bambino menu is full of fresh Italian ingredients - from mains to pasta, your children can get a taste of Italy in Newcastle. There is another menu for the bigger bambino’s where you can choose from high-quality cuts of meat, fish and chicken, steeped in marinade, seared on our grill and served with homemade sauces or salsas, each chosen to complement the natural flavours of each dish.


Take your family to Thailand without the long flight by experiencing a flavour-filled dining experience at Chaophraya in Eldon Square’s Grey’s Quarter Square. Founder Kim took inspiration for the restaurant from her love of cooking with her Mum. Now you can take your children and share in that experience too. The children’s menu is full of Thai flavours, including Red and Green Thai curries, Sweet & Sour with Jasmine rice and a delicious Pad Thai curry. Chaophraya's menu is full of colouring-in and puzzles to keep young diners' minds as busy as their tummies.

Hard Rock Café Newcastle

Hard Rock Cafe is located  in the historic Guildhall town court on Newcastle Quayside. Featuring classic American dishes with that signature Hard Rock twist, your little rockers will have the choice of the famous Hard Rock cheeseburger with American cheese on a toasted bun or the styler’s twisted mac & cheese or the crispy chicken tenders with honey mustard and barbecue sauce.

ARLO Jesmond

ARLO Bistro Café is quirky foodie haven in the heart of West Jesmond. The informal eatery, filled with Alpine memorabilia and retro knick-knacks, creates a warm and homely feel. Their emphasis is on locally-sourced, seasonal, and home-cooked food prepared by talented chefs. The kid’s menu includes tempura fish fingers with skin on fries, mini shakshuka and flatbread with houmous and cucumber. ARLO also have an in-house bakery for amazing cakes, scones, and quiches – which the adults in your party are also allowed to indulge in!

Pizza Punks

This is the place to be if you have ever dreamt of being a pizza chef. A vibrant, energetic, and punky pizzeria, you can create a pizza from your wildest imagination or choose a ready made option from their menu. In the middle of Grey Street, Pizza Punks is designed with edgy vibes and rocking music. It is an independent restaurant which gives power to the people by allowing you to create your own pizza with unlimited toppings for no extra cost! Little punks even have their own special menu to choose from.

The Botanist

The Botanist Newcastle is a place where antiquities and trinkets hang from the wall. Families can explore a secret garden of food and drink where food is inspired by dishes from across the globe, delightfully presented and just as tasty as it looks! Children will enjoy tasty dishes including curly Cumberland sausage with mash and chicken fingers and chips. When the parents want a roast dinner, The Botanist have created a Kids’ Roasts menu that is available in smaller portions.

Fat Hippo Underground

Fat Hippo Underground on Grey Street lets you build your burgers your own way. Pick a patty, customise with toppings, and a side. Grab a drink or upgrade to a milkshake. For the bigger hippo’s, there is good old-fashioned, ‘roll up your sleeves and get it all over your face’ food! If you are a herd-ivore Fat Hippo have also given their classics a vegan twist.

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