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This year has most definitely been one to remember, perhaps not for the right reasons. But one thing we know for sure is that a ‘big night in’ is the new night out. If you’re looking for ideas for how to spend an evening, from the best places to get takeaway pints, scrummy food delivered to your door and the best entertainment from the comfort of your own home, then look no further. From beers to burgers and theatre performances to escape rooms, we can certainly promise you a night like no other. – and supporting local in the process!

Support your favourite pubs and bars from home

While we might not be able to dance the night away in our favourite bars, like everything in 2020, we just have to switch it up! There are still plenty of ways you can support your favourite pubs and bars and enjoy beverages you love, in a safe way.

Wylam Brewery

Wylam Brewery has a special place in our hearts after it sprung onto the brewery scene in 2000, as a 30 barrel micro-brewery residing in the stunning Palace of the Arts in Exhibition Park. The venue itself has seen many a night out, hosting music nights and events, not to forget the annual legendary ‘Battle of the Burger’. Unfortunately, its doors are currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but it’s brewing barrels are still churning! You can stock up on your favourite independent craft ales thanks to the Wylam Brewery online store. Whether it’s a cask of pale ale, or a collection of cans of firm favourite, Jakehead – Wylam Brewery will deliver the goods!

Free Trade Inn

The Free Trade Inn is often referred to as a hidden gem of NewcastleGateshead, a legendary watering hole that’s a favourite with locals who have fond memories of former resident cat, Craig David. But not only does it offer a fantastic drinks selection, the Free Trade Inn also serves up some of the finest views of the Tyne from its premises overlooking the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Although for now, you might have to make do seeing the view via the Free Trade Inn Instagram, you can enjoy a collection of drinks from the pub’s webstore. These are available for click and collect and can also be shipped nationally. 

Mean Eyed Cat

A relative newbie on the scene, Mean Eyed Cat is a small, independent bar in Newcastle with six cask lines and eight kegs. This quirky and quaint bar is a must-stop on any city centre night out, and although you can’t physically prop the bar up at the moment, the Mean Eyed Cat crew have made sure you don’t miss out thanks to its click and collect service. Browse a range of ever-changing beverages from independent brewers, along with wines and spirits then simply click and voila, you can collect your order from the no-contact collection point. 

If you’re on the lookout for even more inspiration and information about where to get a takeaway pint, carefully created cocktail or expertly paired bottle of wine, check out our roundup of how to enjoy NewcastleGateshead pub life at home.

Keep yourself entertained

A night out is always good fun with some top-quality entertainment, and a big night in doesn’t have to miss out on this. Across the region, we’ve seen pubs, bars and restaurants work their socks off in the face of ever-changing regulations and restrictions, to continue to serve the North East in the safest ways possible. Our entertainment businesses and venues are no exception! Thanks to their innovation and creative thinking, theatres, venues and entertainment businesses in NewcastleGateshead can keep us all entertained from a distance.

Foodie favourites

We can’t queue in the chippy after a few too many tequila’s on a night out, but we can still enjoy epic food from local restaurants. Our restaurants across the region are offering tasty takeaway food for delivery and collection to keep us fuelled and bellies full at home.

Blackfriars at home

The Blackfriars team have been serving award-winning food at their 13th century former Dominican friary since 2001, and 2020 is no different. Take away delicious restaurant quality food thanks to ‘Blackfriars at Home’ a simple and delicious alternative to eating out. Tuck into a variety of British inspired dishes from the comfort of your own home, all made using the finest local ingredients. 

Indian street food from My Delhi

If you’re craving a curry, you can’t beat the true taste of Delhi right here in NewcastleGateshead thanks to My Delhi. Inspired by the street food vendors of bustling Delhi, My Delhi cook up an authentic food experience for everyone to enjoy. Choose from a vast takeaway menu that will leave you drooling, including roadside curries, street bowls and not to forget firm favourites, Chacha chips. 

You can also cook up your very own Delhi experience in the comfort of your home, thanks to DIY My Delhi spice kits. Each kit comes with a selection of handpicked spices that are freshly ground and roasted by the My Delhi head chef, along with a recipe card and instructional video. The spice kits will have you serving up a taste sensation in no time, perfect for any night in.

Perfect pizzas from Little Green Social

If you are dough-eyed for a slice of pizza pie, look no further than Little Green Social. The entirely plant-based restaurant has an extensive menu, with its pizzas receiving constant praise from vegans and meat eaters alike. Alongside mouth-watering sides including dough balls, garlic bread and herby potatoes, Little Green food is guaranteed to leave you with a full stomach and a smile on your face, without having to cook a single thing yourself! 

Meat:Stack is back

Meat:Stack started life, like many foodie hotspots in NewcastleGateshead, as a regular at Newcastle Quayside Market back in 2016. The burger specialists are now flipping and frying from their very own premises in the city centre and although their doors are closed to the public, you can get your dose of American style burgers via their click and collect service

If this selection of takeaways has your taste buds tingling, take a look at our round up of more tasty takeaways in NewcastleGateshead, along with food to enjoy at home from a fantastic variety of plant based restaurants.



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