Newcastle Central Station

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Whether you're arriving in Newcastle and Gateshead by train for a weekend city break or you're in the Toon for a day out, it's always handy to know where your first stop is for a tasty meal and a drink to get your visit off to a cracking start. Newcastle Central Station is well placed within the city centre and has plenty of bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes within easy walking distance of its main entrance. If you're visiting NewcastleGateshead for a night out then you can step straight off the train into a bar and have a cocktail in hand within no time. There are some of the best cafes near the railway station too which are perfect for whiling away the time before your train arrives. 

Here is our guide to where to eat and drink near Newcastle Central Station: 

Pink Lane Coffee

Visitors arriving by train will find Pink Lane Coffee directly opposite Newcastle Central Station. The cafe is one of Newcastle's best coffee shops and a brilliant place to relax while you wait for your train. Pink Lane Coffee opens at 7.30am on weekdays (9am on Saturdays and 10am on a Sunday) so the cafe is also a good choice if you arrive early in the city and need a caffeine hit (and a slice of cake!) before getting on with the day. As the independent cafe's name suggests, Pink Lane Coffee is the ideal choice for coffee-lovers with plenty of beans and options on the menu.

Town Wall and The Forth

If you're looking for something a little stronger than coffee and cake, wander a little further up Pink Lane and find Town Wall on your left and The Forth on your right. These sister pubs are amongst the best pubs in Newcastle and both bristling with atmosphere, excellent beer on tap and menus that boast proper pub grub! 

Gunner Tavern

Just flick through the images on the Gunner Tavern Facebook page and you will be drooling. The pub is a recently renovated, dog-friendly spot serving some impressive pub classics like messy burgers, Sunday roasts and beer aplenty. Gunner Tavern's menu also include more unique offers like a 'Spit Roasted Meat Sharing Platter' and their own take on Bao buns. 

Central Oven & Shaker

Central Oven & Shaker is a top choice for a place to eat or grab a drink near Newcastle's Central Station. The popular bar and restaurant is always buzzing and with so many cocktails to choose from (on buy one get one free) and innovative stone baked pizzas on the menu, it's easy to understand why. Hop off the train and be seated in a booth with your tipple of choice in no time! 

The Hudson

Enjoy a touch of class on arrival in Newcastle with a stop at The Hudson. A couple of minutes stroll from Central Station and you can be sipping a stylish cocktail or savour a dish from their a la carte menu. The relatively new bar is attached to the County Hotel, which is a great place to stay if you're visiting Newcastle for a short city break and want to be able to roll from the train to the bar to your room. 

French Quarter Newcastle

The French Quarter is a short, 5-minute walk around the corner from the train station in Newcastle which serves authentic French tapas-style small plates and sharing dishes in the cosy restaurant. You will hear the trains going overhead, as the bar is tucked in a railway arch. The dining experience at The French Quarter is although fine dining is relaxed and unpretentious. Either while away a couple of hours with a meal out or grab some small plates and nibbles paired with the finest French wine while you wait for your train. 

Super Natural Healthy Café

Found on Grainger Street, the historic road which runs directly from Grey's Monument in the centre of Newcastle to the train station - Super Natural Cafe is less than a 5-minute walk from Central Station. The vegan and vegetarian cafe, which is popular with locals, recently received the 2020 Traveler's Choice Award from TripAdvisor too so is a sure fired hit for anyone looking for a cosy cuppa or delicious bite to eat in Newcastle. 

The Dog & Parrot

The Dog & Parrot is a hop and skip from the entrance of Newcastle Central Station and is a popular pub in the midst of the Toon's weekend buzz. Settle in for a great pint of beer and grab a juicy burger (12noon - 8pm every day) which is served in collaboration with independent burger-kings, Meat:Stack. Make sure you don't miss your instagrammable moment with one of the pub's iconic murals too. 

Newcastle Central Station

Destination 1850 in the stunning glass portico in the entrance to Newcastle Central Station is a refined way to start (or end) a visit to the city. Whether you're in need of a coffee and cake, quick bite or want to spent longer enjoying a glass of wine and meal in the impressive and historic surroundings - Destination 1850 is a handy place to have on your radar. 

Hawthorns at Crowne Plaza

Tucked along Forth Street, directly behind Central Station is Hawthorns at Crowne Plaza. The up-marketing brasserie-style restaurant offers authentic northern British cuisine as well as a serving up a cracking Afternoon Tea! The Gin Bar at the luxury hotel is also a stylish place to sample a whole host of locally-sourced premium gins and delicious gin cocktails.

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