Al fresco blackfriars blog

Alfresco dining feels so continental! Encourage the summer vibes with a delicious meal and your favourite tipple outside at one of Newcastle and Gateshead’s restaurants, bars and cafes. The recent and welcome reopening of restaurants in NewcastleGateshead has brought a new wave of ingenuity amongst businesses in the region. In a bid to provide alternative dining options for guests who are wishing to eat out, many venues across the region have added a little extra flair and imagination to their reopening with the addition of outdoor seating.

Soak up the summer sunshine and enjoy the lighter evenings with a meal outside at fine-dining restaurants, Instagrammable street food hotspots and many more. There are a number of restaurants and cafes taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme in August too so make sure to check out where you can get great mid-week discounts too.

Find out where you can dine alfresco this summer in NewcastleGateshead with the choice of atmospheric, socially distanced outdoor dining areas.

Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle city centre

The award-winning and independent Blackfriars Restaurants in Newcastle city centre is a must-visit restaurant on any visit to the Toon and has reopened with plenty of outdoor dining space. Enjoy the summer months with a touch of class and book an outdoor table at Blackfriars to tuck into Sunday Lunch, afternoon tea or fine-dining in its historic setting. Never feared, they are prepared for the chillier 'summer' weather in the North East too providing heated parasols to snuggle beneath.

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Dobson & Parnell, Newcastle Quayside

Quayside favourite, Dobson & Parnell have a few tables out the front along the cobbles so you can dine outside with continental vibes or enjoy a glass of proscesso and a catch up at the award-winning restaurant.

STACK Newcastle

STACK is the ultimate street food haven in the centre of Newcastle! Book a bench at STACK and take your pick of a wide range of flavours from sushi to Lebanese wraps, dirty fries to stonebaked pizzas. This is the perfect day-to-night venue and look out for the return of their popular live music events.

Thali Tray at Arch 2, Ouseburn

Nestled under the arch of Byker Bridge, Arch 2 is home to a microbrewery and Thalia Tray – independent Indian cuisine in Ouseburn. Choose a seat in their courtyard for you and your guests and chill out this summer.

Pitcher & Piano, Newcastle Quayside

Pitcher & Piano is always a popular choice in the summer months and with stunning Quayside views its unsurprising that the bar restaurant draws punters for a post-work drink or weekend meal out with stunning Quayside views. There is plenty of outdoor seating at Pitcher & Piano in Newcastle too so you can watch the sun go down behind the Tyne Bridge and enjoy an alfresco meal out this summer.

River Beat, Gateshead Quayside

Tuck into all the flavours with a tasty menu of Asian fusion food at River Beat. The Quayside restaurant has a small outside terrace that juts out over the River Tyne with views across the river of Newcastle Castle as well as great views of the Quayside’s iconic bridges.

By The River Brew Co, Gateshead Quayside 

Pick a bench overlooking the Tyne Bridge and with the Swing Bridge behind you and enjoy a cool pint and a tasty burger from Fat Hippo's silver van on By The River Brew Co's riverside terrace. The summer vibes ooze from this place and its a top choice for al fresco dining when the sun shines on Tyneside. 

You can just turn up and be taken to an available seat at By The River Brew Co.

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Banyan Newcastle

Sit back and watch the world go by at Banyan in the heart of Newcastle city centre with great views of Grey's Monument. Banyan is a brilliant day-to-night venue serving up hearty brunches right through to cocktails and food in the evening.

Kafeneon, Newcastle city centre

A firm favourite in Newcastle, Kafeneon serves up colourful plates of Greek mezze and some top notch cocktails! The city centre restaurant has a small, socially distanced area of outdoor dining for anyone wishing to eat alfresco this summer. 

Market Shaker, Newcastle

Market Shaker in Newcastle city centre's Bigg Market has added a new outdoor experience! They are billing it as the ‘all weather City Centre Popup Paradise’ where you can tuck into pizzas and sip a cold beverage til your heart's content. 

Jesmond Beach Box at the Holy Hobo

Jesmond Beach Box launched in July as a way for visitors to enjoy time outside, eating street food and catching up over a drink. It is home to a wide variety of food and drink stalls, lots of beach-vibes and even a tented area to protect against the Newcastle 'summer weather.' 

Riverside Newcastle Quayside

Introducing the Riverside Beer Garden! The Quayside bar and music venue has transformed their outdoor space into a social distanced area for food and drinks complete with fake grass and fire pit. 

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Alfresco dining near to NewcastleGateshead

Riley’s Fish Shack, Tynemouth

One of the most popular seafood, street food shacks in the North East – Riley’s Fish Shack invite you to join this summer on the beach at King Edward's Bay and sample their freshest fish. Perhaps the ultimate alfresco dining experience, visitors wishing to eat out at Riley's Fish Shack will need to prebook online and leave a deposit for their 2-hour booking.

South Causey, County Durham

Book a delicious meal out in one of South Causey Inn's Bubble pods (pictured). Under the twinkle of fairy lights, experience dining alfresco at the hotel and restaurant not far from Gateshead who will be serving lunch, afternoon tea or evening meals in their new outdoor pods.

Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Whether it's a fancy breakfast, award-winning fish and chips or afternoon tea, dine alfresco at Spanish City this summer. Ask to be seated outside with the backdrop of the spectacular white domed building and looking out towards the North Sea. 

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