Autumn Quayside trees blog

The change in seasons makes the UK a wonderful place to live. However, Autumn is often overlooked as we skip onto Christmas, so let's linger here a little longer this year! Throw on your favourite cosy knitwear, take a leafy stroll through one of NewcastleGateshead's parks and gardens and get ready to find out where you can get your hands on some delicious autumnal comfort food and hot drinks in Newcastle and Gateshead.

We've pulled together a quick guide to where you can find a pumpkin latte and other tasty autumnal treats at independent cafes and restaurants around NewcastleGateshead. Whether you're grabbing a takeaway hot drink while you're shopping or wandering the Quayside, or need a way to escape the everyday with a hearty meal out, then we are sure you'll find some great suggestions of top places to eat if you read on. 

We'll just mention it quickly now so you can get on with reading about autumnal menus and dreamy cafes, but NewcastleGateshead and the North East are currently in tighter local lockdown and this means that you can visit a cafe on your own or with members of your household only. Here's a reminder of the restrictions

Where to get a Pumpkin Spiced Latte in NewcastleGateshead 

The autumnal hot beverage of choice that is gathering momentum and was made famous by a certain international cafe chain, has become a symbol of the change in season. Fans of the warming Pumpkin Spiced Latte can now indulge in a cup from a number of independent cafes and top coffee shops in Newcastle and Gateshead too.

Swing by Coffee Yolo at the entrance to STACK Newcastle to pick up a latte while you shop in the centre of Newcastle.

If you venture along the River Tyne towards the historic Dunston Staiths on the Gateshead side of the river - then make sure to pay a visit to The Staiths Cafe who are now serving Pumpkin Spiced Lattes too. The independent cafe which can be found at the appropriately named 1 Autumn Drive, also has announced their own hot drink of the month, the Salted Caramel Chocolate. What's not to like?

The Dispensary in Newcastle is another top place to go for a creative hot drink or innovative bite to eat but be sure to arrive early to avoid long queues as this is a popular cafe in Newcastle city centre not far from St James' Park. 

Autumnal cakes and comforting treats

If you've got a sweet tooth then let us suggest you pop into Studio 28 Patisserie in Ouseburn. The independent patisserie and cafe have been busy creating some delightful autumnal flavours and would love you give them a try! Why not get stuck into a plum and vanilla crumble sponge or a slice of spiced apple and maple crumble? The cafe is open 10am - 3pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays or you can order online. 

Meanwhile, over in Jesmond - Cake Stories invite you to cosy up in their homely cafe and tuck into hot scones, plenty of cakes and a warming Chai Latte or hot chocolate. (They also sell Pumpkin Spice Lattes too!) Why not take your latte to go and wander through nearby Exhibition Park

A new collaboration: Dabbawal x Fenwick Food Hall

Newcastle's legendary street food pioneer and of the city's most popular restaurants, Dabbawal, is bringing its tasty new lunch time addition, Dabbabox, to Fenwick Food Hall from 1 to 25 October. This is an excellent collaboration for fans of authentic and flavoursome Indian food. Grab yourself a hot lunch with no fuss when you're in the city centre during October. 

New Autumn menus at Hotel Indigo and Blackfriars Restaurant 

All we need to say is apple, blackberry and nut crumble with vanilla ice cream and we know you are transported to a cosy Autumn afternoon in Newcastle. Blackfriars Restaurant is an excellent and award-winning independent restaurant in Newcastle city centre which never lets us down. Creating menus to suit the season and use locally sourced produce, you are guaranteed a full stomach and a happy heart when you visit. Discover their new autumn menu here

Marco Pierre White Restaurant at Hotel Indigo in Newcastle have also launched their hearty Autumn menu with a focus on 'Game Season' for foodies who enjoy rich heritage feasts. Tuck into Pan-Roast Guinea Fowl or enjoy Marco's Game Pie. View the Marco Pierre White Autumn menu here

Pop to Grainger Market for Mac n Cheese

It's Grainger Market's 185th birthday this October! If you've never been or not been for a long time, then why not pop in this month and avail yourself of the ultimate comfort food - Mac n Cheese? Redhead's Mac N Cheese is one of the market's independent street food vendors and serves up some of the most creative variations you will have come across. 

Rustic and autumnal dishes 

If we were pushed to choose two restaurants in NewcastleGateshead to enjoy proper authentic and comfort food this time of year, if would be Cook House and Trakol. 

The Cook House is a refined yet welcoming and informal restaurant in Ouseburn which serves up delicious and hearty food along a rustic vibe. Similarly, Trakol which is across the river at By The River Brew Co. is renowned for its seasonal and ethical menu. 

If you're on the go in Newcastle or want to take something home instead, then drop into Pink Lane Bakery who stock homemade bread, pastries and cakes as well as their famous beef and jalapeno pies.

Winter Dining Pods at South Causey Inn

South Causey Inn is a great pub near Gateshead which is famed for its epic Sunday Roast. Wrap up warm this autumn and gather your household or support bubble together to experience their special Winter dining pods. Enjoy a tasty Afternoon Tea during the week with views of their beautiful gardens.  

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