Takeaway food blog

If you’re bored of a lockdown diet of tinned tomatoes, pasta and home baked banana bread then get ready to refamiliarize your tastebuds with top quality meals and sweet treats from some of Newcastle and Gateshead’s best restaurants and cafes.

You might be searching for where to get a takeaway Sunday Lunch or recreate a lazy weekend brunch in your own home. As the lockdown guidelines begin to ease ever so slightly in England, we’re grateful for the innovative minds behind the independent cafes and restaurants across Newcastle and Gateshead who have tentatively started to reopen for takeaways and collection. The simple pleasure of a delivery of great food at this uncertain time is enough to get us all salivating – and what a rewarding way to support local business?!

Make sure you plan ahead as there is going to be high demand and some limitations, for example the delivery distance for takeaways. Many of the restaurants offering meals for collection or foraying into the world of takeaway food, are small businesses with small teams. We applaud their creativity as they fire up their kitchens so that the people of Newcastle and Gateshead can tuck into a juicy burger, Indian curry or afternoon tea.

Here’s a reminder of government guidelines and practical information about coronavirus and make sure you maintain 2 metres apart and look after yourselves and those who are serving us. Staying safe and protecting lives is always a priority. 

Get ready to get your chops around these…

1. Brinkburn Brewery, Ouseburn

Perhaps serving up one of the best Sunday Lunches in Newcastle, Brinkburn Brewery in Ouseburn now offer takeaway Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. Make sure you put your order in early to secure a kerb side pick-up or delivery slot. The brewery also offers beer and burger deals during the week so keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates as well as all important Sunday Lunch specials for the week.

Where does Brinkburn Brewery deliver to?

Brinkburn Brewery delivery to up to a 10-mile radius of their Ouseburn restaurant (NE6 1LN) but safe collection is also available.

2. 1901, Jesmond


Jesmond-based bistro, 1901 Caffe is serving a wide-reaching area with their delicious cakes and afternoon teas. As far as Morpeth and Chester-le-Street, the independent café has been updating their Facebook page with a schedule for their delivery locations (afternoon teas and cakes only).

If you are missing your relaxed café-style brunch, then why not treat yourself to a takeaway Full English Breakfast delivered to your door? Take a look at the full menu and order online here.

3. Dispensary, Newcastle


Famous for their outrageously lavish pancake stacks, the Dispensary in Newcastle are helping you bring the pancake party to your home every Friday. The popular brunch spot now offers contact-free collection of their pancakes from the city centre café (Heber Street, NE4 5TN). More information on how to place your order can be found on their Facebook page. If you’d rather not leave the house to collect, then why not order Dispensary’s original recipe Pancake Mix and create your own pancakes at home?

Dispensary have branched out for select deliveries during the week – pimp your breakfast with Egg Shack, a brand-new breakfast delivery and collection service in Newcastle. Choose from packed breakfast sandwiches, burritos and plenty of vegan options too.

4. Grainger Market, Newcastle city centre

Part of Newcastle’s history for nearly 185 years, Grainger Market is open for business each day from 9am to 4pm each day, selling essential groceries such as fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, deli products, loose dry foods, pet supplies and hygiene products. All products can be ordered for delivery including fresh bread and afternoon tea from French Oven, or a tasty selection of cheeses from Matthew’s Cheese? The resident street-food favourites found in Grainger Market, Redhead’s Mac n Cheese, are also delivering.

Where does Grainger Market deliver?

Deliveries from Grainger Market now go as far as Whitley Bay postcodes as well as delivering to homes across Newcastle and Gateshead. Read the Grainger Market FAQs for more information.

You may also like: Local Heroes Food and Drink

Local Heroes deliveries allow you to choose from a delivery box of meat, fresh fish or groceries from local traders and businesses - or, why not build your own package? Make your own delivery box of local produce including cheese, jams and chutneys, drinks, chocolate and milk. Wander the virtual Local Heroes market here and sit back to await your hamper. 

5. Scream for Pizza, Sandyford Newcastle


Get your hands on a fresh stonebaked pizza from Scream for Pizza by ordering online from their website. You can order your takeaway pizza and famous parmesan and truffle fries for collection only up to 7 days in advance of when you’ll be eating. Be warned – these guys are VERY popular so you may need to be patient, but it will be worth the wait!

6. Dabbawal, Jesmond Newcastle

Dabbawal is one of Newcastle’s most popular restaurants, serving up a flavour-filled and imaginative menu of Indian food, small plates and unpretentious street-food. If you’re craving a top quality Indian takeway in Newcastle then you really must order from Dabbawal.

Order online for collection only (from their Jesmond restaurant).

If you like Indian food you can also try...

  • Thali Tray in Ouseburn, Newcastle: Pre-order online here for collection only. Thali Tray are taking orders for collection between 5.30pm - 8.30pm.
  • Raval, Gateshead: Indian takeaway and home delivery on Thursdays - Sundays. Find out more and place an order here

7. GB Cupcakery on Newcastle Quayside and Studio 28 Patisserie in Hoults Yard, Ouseburn

Whether it’s a much-needed sugar boost for you, a celebration cake for a lockdown birthday or a gift for someone you can’t hug, place your orders for essential sweet treats at two of Newcastle’s independent cafes.

Order a Postal Treat Box from GB Cupcakery who deliver to Newcastle and Gateshead.

Or an artisan selection of chocolates, truffles, brownies and cakes from Studio 28 Patisserie who deliver to a select range of Newcastle postcodes on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

8. STACK Newcastle

Get a bit of everything with a ‘Stackaway’ from STACK Newcastle. From Korean Poke Bowls and Ramen at STIXs to Hullabaloo’s signature Naan Wrap; nasty nachos and slow cooked beef brisket from Texas Smoker to a fresh sushi platter from Sushi Me Rollin.

See the full list of street-food on offer here and instructions for collecting your takeaway. Collection only – please follow their guidelines carefully to ensure social distancing and safety.

If you like street food, try these takeaway and collection options...

9. Fat Hippo, Newcastle and Durham

Get your hands on THE Fat Hippo Burger delivered to your door thanks to one of the best burger restaurants in Newcastle. This is another popular option for burger fans so you will definitely need to plan ahead. You can pre-order your PB&J burger or Notorious VFC vegan burger alongside a selection of juicy sides.

Where does Fat Hippo deliver to?

When you pre-order you can choose from one of three Fat Hippo restaurants (Newcastle, Jesmond, Durham) with the option to have a delivery or collection. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates. Fat Hippo now have an app too available on IOS and Google Player. Links here.

10. The Staiths Café, Gateshead

The Staiths Café nestled on Gateshead Quayside, overlooking Dunstan Staiths, has put a lot of thought into safely bringing you their top-notch grub and have gone digital. Order your groceries as well as a slightly reduced café menu by downloading the Nobly app and sit back and wait. As with the other cafes and restaurants, check out their Facebook page for up-to-date information.

Where does The Staiths Café deliver?

You can order a delivery from The Staiths Café if you live within a 2-mile radius of their Dunstan-based café. Contactless payments only. Collection also available.

More cafes in NewcastleGateshead with collection and takeaway cakes and coffees...

11. Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle

This is not a drill... award-winning independent restaurant, Blackfriars are making a much-awaited foray into takeaway with home delivery and collection meals now available. The Newcastle city centre restaurant serves some of the best food in the region and regulars will be pleased to see some of the Blackfriars' signature dishes making it onto the takeaway menu such including their popular Sunday roast dinners. Takeaways will be available from Friday 22 May and orders can be made by calling between 3-7pm on (0191) 261 5945. Collection and delivery will be available between 4-7pm on Friday and Saturday and 12noon - 4pm on Sundays.

Which other NewcastleGateshead restaurants are now doing takeaways?

Enjoy the mouth-watering flavours of Asian fusion tapas from River Beat, Gateshead Quayside who will be reopening to take orders from 3rd June. Food will be available for collection from the restaurant beside the Swing Bridge or delivery via Uber Eats. 

12. Backyard Bike Shop at By the River Brew Co, Gateshead Quayside

If you're missing the chilled vibes of By The River Brew Co beside the River Tyne then get ready to enjoy a return visit to their Backyard Bike Shop.  The riverside cafe and bike repair shop is now open 7 days a week for socially distanced takeaway coffee, savouries, pastries and cake as well as a chance for you to give your bike some much needed TLC ahead of all this outdoor, summer fun! Stay safe guys and hooray! 

Please prebook your bike repair slot.

… and if, like Chris Ramsey, you’re partial to proper fish and chips then check out Colmans in South Shields and Starbeck Fish & Chips in Sandyford, Newcastle (delivers to NE1, NE2, NE28, NE6, NE7).

Check out NewcastleGateshead Instagram @MyKindofToon to find more suggestions of local businesses providing takeaways as more begin to open up. 

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