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It's thirsty work cheering on your favourite team at iconic city centre stadium, St James' Park in Newcastle! Sports fans in search of bars and restaurants to refuel, grab a drink or bite to eat without having to stray too far from the stadium are in luck as there are plenty of places to eat and drink nearby. 

Read on for our guide of restaurants and bars to try near St James' Park stadium:

Sports bars and top pubs...

Shearer's at St James' Park couldn't be closer to the action and is an ideal place to stop for a hearty meal or pick apart the highs and lows of the game over a pint.

Earl of Pitt Street is a quirky, independent pub which oozes atmosphere literally spitting distance from St James' Park. You'll find an eclectic menu at The Earl of Pitt Street including your classic Sunday roast dinners and dishes you'd expect from a gastropub as well as inventive Asian-fusion creations.

Soho is a Korean Japanese fusion restaurant on Leazes Street, a stones throw away from St James' serving up authentic cuisine at a bargain price. If you are looking for a pre-match pint, the restaurant turns into a sports bar on match days

The Strawberry is a pub filled with character. Located on Strawberry Place, just opposite the ground, you will find it packed with NUFC fans on match days. If you are looking for electric atmosphere, this is the pub for you!

The Trent House is a well loved local boozer on Leazes Lane, serving up cold pints and their signature toasties with the soundtrack from the free juke box, it is a perfect place to grab a drink before the match.

Sandman Signature Hotel's Shark Club is a popular spot for sports fans and one of the best, sporty bar to get down and dirty with chicken wings or tackle a range of fully loaded burgers.

Food from around the world...

Visitors to St James' Park will find it hard to miss the impressive Archway into China Town which is home to some cracking all-you-can-eat buffet restaurants such as Landmark and Nudo Noodle House which serves up some of the best Chinese dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Chilli Padi is always bustling and a must-visit restaurant! The Malaysian restaurant situated right beside St. James’ Park is well-known and respected for its authentic food and casual dining experience.

El Coto is a Spanish restaurant a short 4-minute walk from St. James’ Park which has a wide range of hot and cold tapas small plates, salads and paellas – making it a sociable dining experience for larger groups.

Red Mezze is another brilliant restaurant for groups of pals looking for somewhere to eat near Newcastle's iconic city stadium. The Turkish restaurant has a menu packed with authentic and flavour-filled mezze small dishes and larger platters perfect for sharing.

Wander a little further and you'll find HanaHana. The restaurant is more than just a dining experience so get ready for some theatre as you watch their skilled Teppanyaki chefs prepare the best in Japanese cuisine right in front of your eyes.

In and around The Gate, visitors will find a number of places to eat and drink including Thai restaurant ZAAP which will transport you to the bustling streets of Bangkok in an instant and serves food packed with flavour. This is ideal for a quick pitstop during your busy weekend. Neighbouring Turtle Bay is a lively bar and restaurant which captures the tropical vibes of the Caribbean.

A touch of class...

If you're staying a little longer near St James' Park in Newcastle, Blackfriars Bar and Restaurant provides diners with a refined but unpretentious experience. The award-winning independent restaurant is situated in a historic 13th-century friary and specialises in top-quality British cuisine.

The morning after...

If you've been cheering on your favourite team at a sporting head-to-head at St James' Park, then celebrated or commiserated at one of the pubs we've mentioned already - you might find you need a hearty breakfast to set you on your way the following day! The Dispensary is a recent addition to Newcastle but rapidly gained popularity when Instagram blew up with their raft of inventive brunches, eye-popping pancake stacks and mammoth breakfasts. 

You're literally spoilt for choice in Newcastle and Gateshead for places to eat, drink and be merry so if you do fancy exploring what is offered across Newcastle and Gateshead - then search our Food and Drink listings for plenty more suggestions.

Visiting Newcastle for a football match? Click here to head to the Newcastle United Away Fans Guide

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