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You’ll find yourselves a Greggs (or two… or 29 to be more precise). You can dine out in Chiquito’s or Wagamama’s… but did you know that Newcastle also has its very own, proudly independent food scene ready for the tasting?

Aside from the plethora of well-known eateries there is a burgeoning food scene in Newcastle which spans a world of cuisine, showcases mastery in the kitchen and celebrates the best in local produce and seasonal cooking. Foodies who let their stomachs decide their next city break should book their trip to Newcastle to satisfy their hunger for food-fuelled travel. Explore an expansive food and drink landscape which is not just centralised in Newcastle’s bustling city centre but overflows into the outlining suburbs and high streets. Food connoisseurs will realise their eyes are too big for their bellies when they discover independent restaurants, quirky cafes, craft beer specialists and dainty patisseries in Newcastle and its surrounding, local high streets. City breakers who arrive by train to Newcastle can be assured they will earn every mouthful as they scoot, metro and wander in search of the best in Newcastle’s food and drink.

You can win a two-night city break in Newcastle here and experience some of the experiences from the video at the end of this article!

Let us take you on a culinary journey around Newcastle to whet your whistle…

Starting on Heaton Road, east of the city in the bohemian and vibrant suburb of Heaton, grab a latte or extravagant tea to-go at one of the many independent cafes and coffee shops that flank each side of the road. Further along Heaton Road, you’ll spot the queue before you get to award-winning butcher Block and Bottle, which is a reassuring sign that you’re in for a treat. The local favourite stocks craft beers alongside an impressive range of carefully sourced and free-range meat from local farmers – and if it’s good enough for Newcastle locals (and The Hairy Bikers), it’s worth booking self-catered accommodation so you can make the most of what’s on offer at this must-visit butcher.

A popular past time for Heatonians is to wander through Heaton Park. Take in the scenery, admire the dappled light through the leaves as you navigate dog walkers and keen runners. Twice a month, walkers will emerge from the woods into the midst of the hustle and bustle of Jesmond Food Market; the local event across Armstrong Bridge has a celebrated line-up of the North East’s favourite local suppliers and traders showcasing their wares including the likes of Pink Lane Bakery, Geordie Bangers and Le Mini Macaroon. Regulars might recognise familiar faces from Newcastle's Grainger Market trading at the outdoor food event too. Choose from cheeses, chutneys, cakes and coffee beans to take home or tuck into bao buns, sourdough flatbreads, a Geordie banger or vegan treats as you continue your leafy walk into Jesmond Dene.

Alongside the regular food market, the sprawling park is also home to boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House and Restaurant. Hidden amongst the trees with the promise of enchanting solitude, the independent hotel and restaurant will add luxury to your Newcastle city break. Lauded for its afternoon teas and fine-dining, their onsite restaurant - Fern Dining Room - is featured in the Michelin Guide and recognised for its elegant, contemporary British menu. Perhaps not typically synonymous with fine-dining, the menu is informal and fuss-free but the high-standard remains for the dishes created by the Executive Head Chef, Danny Parker who was a finalist on MasterChef The Professionals.

If you’re looking for a different vibe, Wylam Brewery at the Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park serves up a Sunday Lunch not to missed as well as brewing their own craft beers and IPAs that not only keep the punters in their Tap Room happy, but supply many of the local pubs and bars too. While regular events add character to Newcastle's famous nightlife and bring streams of revellers to the venue for an eclectic programme of live music.

Hop on the metro from Jesmond to Newcastle city centre where the independent scene continues. Department store Fenwick Newcastle’s commitment to local suppliers is evident in their luxury Food Hall. Browse the shelves ladened with the classiest of chocolates and confectionery, locally crafted beers, gins and wines as well as gifts, souvenirs and a delicatessen and a bakery selling the freshest of artisan bread and baked goods. Shoppers can elevate their experience with three options for dining in Fenwick Food Hall provided by Saltwater Fish Company, Porterhouse Butcher and Grill, and Fuego.

Next stop is Newcastle Quayside where its top restaurants are constantly being added to by new and exciting places to eat. Longstanding venue, the Michelin-starred House of Tides is certainly on the flashier end of your city break budget but with a consistently high standard and tangible passion for creative, locally-sourced dishes, House of Tides is a splurge worth making. Continuing the fine-dining theme along Newcastle Quayside, try independent, award-winning restaurant Dobson & Parnell who specialise in European and British cuisine. One hundred feet up the road is Khai Khai - a recent addition to the Quayside which has atmosphere in spades. The Indian restaurant uses heritage recipes and 'smoke play' to prepare its food, and rivals any edgy London equivalent (just ask Harrison Ford!).

Newcastle Quayside oozes culture and is fizzing with activity any day of the week – the river, the bridges and the lively venues that flank both side of the Tyne contribute their own vibrancy to ensure that Newcastle’s independent cultural and foodie landscape go hand in hand.

End your exploration of the North East's restaurants and bars from Newcastle’s ultimate vantage point atop The Vermont Hotel where ABOVE rooftop bar waits to show you a good time.

Newcastle's food and drink scene is proudly independent and definitely full of flavour - plan your visit and we'll see you soon!

Watch our video to explore more of Newcastle's food and drink...

Featured in this video we see Jesmond Dene House, Milk Bar, Jesmond Food Market, Fenwick Food Hall, Wylam Brewery, Dobson & Parnell and ABOVE.

With music courtesy of local musician Kathryn Tickell.

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