Al fresco blackfriars blog

Updated 15 October 2020

Alfresco dining feels so continental! There's no chance of squeezing out any lasting summer vibes but if you want to socialise outside, there are still safe ways to do it despite the chilly autumn weather. There are more restaurants, pubs and cafes than you think across NewcastleGateshead with outdoor canopies and welcome patio heaters so you can still enjoy a delicious meal and your favourite tipple outside. Restaurants in NewcastleGateshead have demonstrated their innovative spirit in the face of a challenging year and, 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.

Find out where you can dine alfresco in NewcastleGateshead with the choice of atmospheric (and cosy!), socially distanced outdoor dining areas.

Remember to adhere to local lockdown restrictions. If you are choosing to eat outside, you can do so with up to 6 people. The restaurants will be providing table service only and will close at 10pm, which means they will need to ask you to finish up earlier so they can clean up and be closed at 10pm. Click here for more practical information about coronavirus restrictions in the North East.

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 dining out 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 fear, Blackfriar's are prepared for the autumnal weather 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 enjoy a meal 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. With plenty of canopies, heaters and fire pits - STACK is a great option for eating outside in Newcastle whatever the weather.

Thali Tray at Arch 2, Ouseburn

Nestled under the arch of Byker Bridge, Arch 2 has a ready made canopy and 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 with an excellent Indian meal. The fire pit is a cosy addition which belts out the heat for dinners across the court yard.

Pitcher & Piano, Newcastle Quayside

Pitcher & Piano is always a popular choice in the summer months and with stunning Quayside views, it remains a great place for a drink all year round. 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. There is not so much provision by way of canopies and heating so you will need to wrap up warm and be prepared for all weathers. 

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 (limited days only) on By The River Brew Co's riverside terrace. During the summer months, By The River Brew Co oozes holiday vibes and during the chillier autumn and winter season, there are heaters, fire pits and a few canopies to snuggle up underneath. 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.

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.

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. There are some canopies but again, another place to wrap up! 

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 (including Greek-food favourite Acropolis) and catching up over a drink. The outdoor eating area is home to a wide variety of food and drink stalls, lots of beach-vibes and even a tented area for anyone ready to brave the outdoors during autumn.

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 in Newcastle.

Market Shaker, Newcastle city centre

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. Warm your hands over the fire pit and shelter under the canopies.

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 pits. 

Bridge Tavern, Newcastle Quayside 

The Tyne Bridge makes an excellent canopy whatever the weather. The Bridge Tavern's outdoor terrace area is also given a cosy boost with the help of patio heaters. Dine out or just catch up over a beer at the Quayside pub. 

Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle city centre 

You might not have realised but Revolucion de Cuba in Newcastle's Bigg Market has an excellent roof terrace complete with canopy so you can enjoy cocktails, Latin-inspired flavours and pretend you're on holiday, all year round! 

Tyne Bar, Ouseburn

Conveniently placed under a bridge, Tyne Bar has an edgy outdoor area complete with glitter ball! You'll be safe and dry while you sip on your beer and tuck into some grub at The Tyne Bar. Don't miss 'Free Food Tuesdays' too!

The Forth, Newcastle city centre

A very popular post-work watering hole and a great pub for a hearty meal... The Forth on Pink Lane near Newcastle Central Station is one of the city's top pubs. It also has an outdoor seating area which has ample covering for rainy days and wall heaters so you can meet your 5 pals outside for a beer this autumn. 

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Riley’s Fish Shack, Tynemouth (closed during October)

One of the most popular seafood, street food shacks in the North East – Riley’s Fish Shack invite you to join them 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. The Pods are fitted with internal heaters, solid floors and doors so you'll be draft free while you enjoy your meal! 

Spanish City, Whitley Bay

Whether it's a fancy breakfast, award-winning fish and chips or afternoon tea, dine alfresco at Spanish City. 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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