Beer gardens reopen blog NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

(Updated from 29 June 2020)

Life is still not normal in NewcastleGateshead and the North East as we continue to plough through a national lockdown. However, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and it's not just the hope of springtime! 

The government recently announced their plans to reopen the country including the opening of beer gardens and outdoor dining areas from 12 April. While this is still a provisional date and will depend on a number of factors, we're hopeful for a springtime full of eating outside and catching up with friends in beer gardens. As we continue in a state of national lockdown, it goes without saying that bars, pubs and restaurants across Newcastle and Gateshead are still closed but it is time to start looking ahead. There will soon be chance (well in a month of so!) to escape your same four-walls for a swift half with your 5 friends or family members.

We all must work together to be responsible and stick to the government safety guidelines in order to get to this point and then, when it is possible to do so, enjoy a drink out out (oh the luxury) following the rule of six and with 'hands, face, space' still in the forefront of our minds.

News of which NewcastleGateshead bars, beer gardens, restaurants and roof terraces will reopen and when has begun to filter. Aveika and Livello on the Quayside were quick off the mark and have opened their online booking for enthusiastic revellers to book their tables in the outdoor areas. As we draw closer to the 12 April 2021, we will continue to update you with all the information you need to book your table in a NewcastleGateshead beer garden.

Local brewers and pubs have kept fans of craft beer in good supply with delivery and takeaway beers during much of the past year and pubs such as local favourite The Free Trade, will continue to provide a click and collect service until they are ready to reopen.

Read on for our guide to which pubs and bars have reopened their beer gardens and roof terraces as well as where to eat outside in NewcastleGateshead...

Which pubs will reopen in NewcastleGateshead from 12 April?

BREWERY Trakol at By the River Brew Co HERO

By The River Brew Co. Gateshead Quayside - seats on outside riverside terrace  

  • No announcement yet from By The River Brew Co but they are looking at the possibilities
  • We're excited for the teaser on their Facebook page that they will be announcing news about the HawkerMarket soon! 
  • Their indoor restaurant, Trakol is taking bookings from 19 May 2021 for indoor dining

With chilled vibes, excellent locally brewed craft beer and unrivalled views along the River Tyne – By The River Brew Co quickly became a must-visit destination on Gateshead Quayside when it opened 2 years ago. Be aware that By The River Brew Co is likely to be on a lot of people’s must-visit list and will be busy. Punters arriving for a beer at By The River Brew Co will be greeted and escorted to a table on the riverside beer terrace. It's a top choice for al fresco beer sipping when the sun shines on Tyneside.

    The Redhouse, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor seating available

    • The Redhouse plans to reopen their outdoor, pavement seating from 12 April
    • Check The Redhouse's Facebook for updates

    City Tavern, Newcastle city centre - outdoor beer garden 

    • City Tavern will reopen its beer garden on 12 April
    • Book a table at City Tavern in advance, walk-ins will be accepted too if there is space

    City Tavern is tucked away along a side street off busy Newcastle high street, Northumberland Street. It's a fantastic, dog-friendly pub that serves up some tasty grub seven days a week. The city centre pub has now opened their covered, outdoor area complete with cinema screen. You're invite to book your table and request your favourite film too. Wrap up warm and we'll see you for a pint soon!

      Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts, Exhibition Park - beer garden 

      Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park is in the perfect surroundings for outdoor dining and supping a beer. They rolled with the various coronavirus restrictions during 2020 but have remained closed since before Christmas. The popular Newcastle brewery have hinted at their plans to reopen but we need to be patient... the time will come! 

      During the closure of Wylam Brewery at Palace of Art, why not consider purchasing your beers directly from their webstore or in the numerous wonderful independent pubs, bottle shops and beer bars that are still currently trading.

        The Tyne Bar, Ouseburn - Beer garden

        • The Tyne Bar plans to reopen from 12 April
        • No pre-booking necessary, just turn up and grab a free table
        • Please respect the guidelines of both the government and the staff at The Tyne Bar

        The Free Trade, Ouseburn - outdoor seating 

        • No announcement yet from The Free Trade but they are looking at their options 
        • Keep an eye on The Free Trade's Facebook for updates

        The Cluny, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating 

        • No announcement yet from The Cluny but they are looking at the plans
        • Keep an eye on The Cluny's Facebook for updates

        The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating 

        • The Cumberland Arms are taking a cautious approach to reopening and will inform punters of their plans when they feel it is safe to reopen
        • Keep an eye on The Cumberland Arm's Facebook 

        Which bars and restaurants will reopen in NewcastleGateshead from 12 April?

        Masterclass HERO Banyan

        Blackfriars Restaurant and Bar - outdoor seating area

        • Blackfriars will reopen for outdoor bookings from 12 April 2021
        • Reopening their Cloister Garden and Courtyard 
        • Serving lunch, dinner and afternoon tea, as well as weekend brunch 
        • Pre-booking online on the Blackfriars website

        The award-winning and independent Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle city centre is a must-visit restaurant on any visit to the Toon and has adapted so that it can reopen with plenty of outdoor dining space. Enjoy dining out with a touch of class and book an outdoor table at Blackfriars to tuck into Sunday Lunch, afternoon tea or fine-dining in its historic setting. Never fear, Blackfriars are prepared for the chillier weather too providing heated parasols to snuggle beneath.

        Aveika - Courtyard and pavement cafe

        • Book online now for tables outside only from 12 April 2021
        • Drinks and dining
        • Takeaways currently available from Aveika

        Nestled under the Tyne Bridge on the Newcastle Quayside, Aveika is a popular place of cocktails and late night celebrations as well as delicious Japanese cuisine. 

        Livello - Courtyard

        • Livello's courtyard will reopen from 12 April 2021 and if you would like to sip a cold beer or glass of fizz, the Quayside bar invites you to sign up to their mailing list to find out more about booking your table. 
        • Find out more on the Livello website here.

        The Hudson - Pavement cafe 

        • Reopens on 12 April (open seven days a week, 11am - 11pm)
        • Taking bookings for indoor dining from 17 May (open Monday - Thursday, 7am - 1am & Friday - Sunday 7am - 2am)
        • Stylish hotel bar, The Hudson has a intimate pavement cafe with outdoor seating for you and friends to have a long-awaited catch up
        • Book your table online in advance. 
        • Find out more on The Hudson's website.

        Banyan Newcastle, Newcastle city centre  - outdoor seating available

        More news is to follow from city centre bar, Banyan but they have made an initial announcement to let us know that they plan to reopen their outdoor seating area at the foot of Grey's Monument from 12 April. We anticipate a pre-booking system but will keep you updated.

        STACK Newcastle

        • STACK Newcastle will reopen for eating outside and drinking in their outdoor areas from 12 April
        • Book a table STACK Newcastle from 4 March.

        STACK is the ultimate street food haven in the centre of Newcastle! Book a bench at STACK and take your pick of a wide range of flavours from sushi to Lebanese wraps, dirty fries to stonebaked pizzas. This is the perfect day-to-night venue and look out for the return of their popular live music events. With plenty of canopies and covered seating, heaters and fire pits - STACK is a great option for eating outside in Newcastle whatever the weather.

          South Causey Inn, Gateshead - outdoor dining pods

          • Will reopen from 17 May
          • Pre-booking only To book, please email or call 01207 235555.

          The Dining Pods at South Causey Inn are situated in our beautiful gardens and offer a safe and secluded dining experience where your own personal server will bring food and drinks. The pods are fitted with internal heaters, solid floors and doors, and festoon lights.

          Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle

          • Pleased to Meet You are taking bookings from 12 April 2021
          • Pre-book via email: or telephone 0191 3405137

          Barluga, Newcastle city centre

          • Barluga will reopen its outdoor terrace for food and drink from 12 April
          • Choose the 'Alfresco' booking option when you book your table online at

              Situated on Grey Street, Barluga is a stylish bar serving up food and cocktails seven days a week. The city centre bar has and restaurant has just opened their new Alfresco Terrace. Book a table and sit outside at Barluga where you will be well looked after with electric heaters, blankets, full table service and protection from the elements.

              Jesmond Beach Box at The Holy Hobo - full outdoor beached-theme beer garden

              • Will reopen from 12 April 2021
              • Now taking bookings online for the outdoor garden space (with option of covered and uncovered seating)

              Jesmond Beach Box launched in July 2020 as a way for visitors to enjoy time outside, eating street food (including Greek-food favourite Acropolis) and catching up over a drink. The outdoor garden area is home to a wide variety of food and drink stalls, lots of beach-vibes and even a tented area for anyone ready to brave the outdoors during the chillier North Eastern days and evenings.

              Market Shaker, Newcastle city centre - outdoor, sheltered beer garden

              Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle city centre 

              You might not have realised but Revolucion de Cuba in Newcastle's Bigg Market has an excellent roof terrace complete with canopy so you can enjoy cocktails, Latin-inspired flavours and pretend you're on holiday, all year round! Book in for a meal out with friends from 17 May for tasty tapas, Bottomless Brunch, long lunches and Cocktail Masterclasses.

                Kafeneon, Newcastle city centre - outdoor seating area

                • Reopens for outdoor dining only from 12 April
                • No booking for dining between 12 April - 17 May, just turn up to be seated outside
                • Find out more

                A firm favourite in Newcastle, Kafeneon serves up colourful plates of Greek mezze and some top notch cocktails! The city centre restaurant plans to expand its outdoor dining area from 12 April to ensure there are more tables available and social distancing can be achieved for anyone wishing to eat alfresco in Newcastle.

                  The Botanist, Newcastle - roof terrace available

                  • No date for reopening at this time

                  Lola Jeans, Newcastle - indoor

                  • Lola Jean in Newcastle are now taking bookings for their indoor bar and restaurant from 17 May 2021
                  • Book online at Lola Jean's website.

                  Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside - ample outdoor seating available

                  • There is no news from Pitcher and Piano on Newcastle Quayside
                  • However, there is ample outdoor seating with views along Newcastle Quayside so we expect Pitcher and Piano to make their announcement soon.

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