Beer gardens reopen blog NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD

Life is starting to feel a little more normal in NewcastleGateshead and the North East and as we begin to emerge from a long period of national lockdown once again - there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and it's not just the hope of springtime! 

From 12 April, in line with the government's plans to safely reopen the country, beer gardens and outdoor dining areas can now welcome back punters for alfresco socialising. Wrap up as springtime will be full of eating outside and catching up with friends in beer gardens, roof terraces and pavement cafes.

As we hit this first milestone, it goes without saying that bars, pubs and restaurants across Newcastle and Gateshead are still closed for any indoor visits but we are hopeful that we will be able to meet inside from 17 May. In the meantime, raise a glass to escaping your same four-walls for a swift half with your 5 friends or family members outdoors!

We must all still work together to be responsible and stick to the government safety guidelines in order to continue on our journey to stop the spread of coronavirus. Please remember the following advise when you are enjoying a drink out out (oh the luxury) - book your table in advance, expect table service only, follow the rule of six and keep 'hands, face, space' in the forefront of your minds.

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 are open for outdoor drinks?

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Quayside

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

  • By The River Brew Co will reopen their outdoor terrace from 12 April
  • The Hawker Market will reopen from 16 April - table service only
  • Just turn up for either the terrace or Hawker Market and the team will seat you safely. No pre-booking required.
  • The taste of a cool craft beer tastes extra good with views so expect By The River Brew Co to be a very popular choice.
  • 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 3 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 Hawker Market makes a much anticipated return in April too with a plethora of independent, local street food vendors serving up their tasty goods! There will be a canopy for all-weather outdoor fun and table service. 

    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

    Central Bar, Gateshead - roof terrace available

    • Gateshead's The Central Bar will reopen from 12 April on their new pavement, outdoor area and roof terrace.
    • There are a limit of seven tables in their new pavement pub and six tables on their roof terrace.
    • Open on Friday - Sunday to start with, updates to follow.
    • Pre-booking will open approx a week before 12 April.
    • Pop-up street food will be available too
    • Keep updated via The Central Bar's Facebook page.

    Newcastle city centre

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

      • Wylam Brewery invite you to join them on the garden terrace for beers and burgers from midday on Thursday 22 April
      • Walk-ups, no pre-booking
      • Table service only

      Wylam Brewery at Palace of Arts in Exhibition Park is in the perfect surroundings for outdoor dining and supping a beer. There will be plenty of outdoor seating too so a good option for last minute beers. You can pre-book for Sunday Lunches inside from 20 May too - email sundays@wylambrewery.co.uk with the date, time, and the number of people who will be joining you.

      Dog & Parrot, Newcastle - roof terrace available

      • Dog & Parrot in Newcastle have decided to remain closed until they can give you the full experience!
      • Book now for a table indoors at Dog & Parrot from 17 May 2021.

      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!

        Lady Grey, off Grey Street 

        • Lady Grey's has a small outdoor seating area with umbrella covering
        • Open for bookings via their Facebook page or calling 0191 232 5932

        Old George Inn, Newcastle - outdoor courtyard only

        • Old George will reopen their outdoor courtyard area from 12 April
        • Pre-book your spot for a much-needed cold beer from the city's oldest pub!
        • Book your table online.

        Ouseburn

        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 Cluny, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating

          • The Cluny is open with table service and seated on the steps (not sat on the green)
          • Takeaway bar from Cluny 2 also available 
          • BBQ from Friday 16 April (Cluny burgers, Cluny dogs, dirty fries and vegan alternatives only)
          • Keep an eye on The Cluny's Facebook for updates

          The Cumberland Arms, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating

          • The Cumberland Arms open from 12 April
          • Bookings via email: cumbybookings@gmail.com 
          • Limited capacity outdoors and some walk ups may be possible but bookings are popular
          • Entry will be from the roadside only.
          • Tables of 6
          • Keep an eye on The Cumberland Arm's Facebook

          The Ship Inn, Ouseburn - Outdoor seating

          Under the Bridge, Ouseburn - Beer garden

          • Reopens from 12 April for outdoor dining and beers with your mates
          • Online bookings now open.
          • Under The Bridge is a recent addition to Ouseburn and a great outdoor beer garden, complete with shipping container bar, burgers and live music.

          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

          There are no more details about how The Ship Inn will operate but what we do know is that it will be extremely popular so you may need to queue or aim to try quieter off-peak times to begin with. 

          Which bars and restaurants are open for alfresco dining?

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          Newcastle city centre

          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.

          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

          City centre bar, Banyan Newcastle are now taking bookings for their outdoor seating area at the foot of Grey's Monument from 12 April where you will be able to celebrate the arrival of spring and the return of socialising with 2-4-1 cocktails seven-days a week! Banyan are now also taking bookings for indoor dining from 17 May 2021 which includes the return of Bottomless Brunch.

          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.

            Wagamama at Eldon Square, Newcastle

            • Dine outside with Wagamama Monday - Thursday, 11am - 11pm and Friday - Saturday, 11am - 10pm
            • Just turn up! 

            Chaophraya at Eldon Square, Newcastle 

            • Rooftop bar and restaurant open for outside dining everyday, 12noon - 10pm 
            • Chaophraya are taking bookings for indoor from 17 May too.
            • Book your table indoors and outdoors directly with Chaophraya online.

            The Alchemist at Eldon Square, Newcastle 

            • No booking required - just turn up! 
            • The Alchemist is open for outdoor drinks 
            • Book online for visits indoors from 17 May

            Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle

            • Pleased to Meet You are taking bookings from 12 April 2021
            • Pre-book via email: hello@ptmy-newcastle.co.uk or telephone 0191 3405137

            Horticulture, Newcastle

            • Horticulture will reopen their heated outdoor terrace from 12 April.
            • Book ahead for brunch, drinks or bites on the terrace everyday between 10am - 2am.
            • You can also book for indoor drinks and brunch, lunch, dinner from 17 May.
            • Book online: www.horticultureuk.co.uk/reservations

            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.

              Barluga, Newcastle city centre - excellent outdoor covering & heaters

              • 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 Barluga.co.uk.

                  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.

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

                    The Botanist, Newcastle - Indoor and roof terrace

                    • The Botanist in Newcastle will reopen from 17 May for up to 6 guests per booking can dine and sip cocktails at the city centre hotspot
                    • Pre-book your table of up to 6 people online in advance: thebotanist.uk.com/book-online

                    Revolucion de Cuba, Newcastle city centre 

                    • Revolucion de Cuba will reopen their outdoor bar terrace from 12 April with no need to pre-book.
                    • Tables are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis each day
                    • Open from 17 May for indoor bookings: Book a table

                    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! Turn up to find a space for cocktails on the terrace from 12 April or pre-book for a meal indoors with friends from 17 May for tasty tapas, Bottomless Brunch, long lunches and Cocktail Masterclasses.

                      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

                      Passing Clouds, Newcastle - outdoor seating in Bigg Market

                      • Passing Clouds will reopen from 12 April
                      • Book your outdoor table in advance here.
                      • Great for cocktails

                      YOLO Townhouse, High Bridge - outdoor seating

                      • All tables are walk up only at YOLO Townhouse in Newcastle
                      • Serving Sundays - Thursdays, 12noon to 10pm and Friday - Saturdays 12noon to 11pm
                      • Enjoy a cocktail and a catch up on YOLO's new grassy quarter and watch the world go by down popular High Bridge

                      Leila Lily's, Newcastle - outdoor seating

                      • Limited but certainly stylish, there is outdoor seating at Leila Lily's on Grey Street
                      • Cocktails and an alfresco menu 
                      • Book online with Leila Lily's here. 

                      The Muddler, Grey Street 

                      • The Muddler has an outdoor pavement seating area which has some umbrellas as covering (but not in a heavy rain or if blowing a hooley!) 
                      • Outdoor drinks and light bites from 12 April
                      • Booking required for current outdoor dining and future indoor dining. Reserve your table here.
                      • Book indoor dining from Monday 17 May for groups of up to 6 people (a small deposit taken which will then be taken off your final bill).

                      Quayside and Ouseburn

                      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.
                      • Book your outdoor table on the Livello website here.

                      Colonel Porters, Newcastle Quayside - outdoor terrace and garden area

                      • Colonel Porters will reopen from the 12th April
                      • Outdoor terrace and outdoor garden will be open from noon - 11pm daily
                      • Food served until 8pm.
                      • Table availability will be announced this week. Follow their social media for more information: Facebook/Colonel Porters.

                        Pitcher and Piano, Newcastle Quayside - ample outdoor seating available

                        • Pitcher and Piano on Newcastle Quayside will reopen its outdoor seating area for drinks and food by the River Tyne from 12 April
                        • Pre-book your seats online with Pitcher and Piano Newcastle.
                        • There is ample outdoor seating with views along Newcastle Quayside so we expect Pitcher and Piano to be a popular choice when you're booking in advance.

                        Ernest, Ouseburn

                        • The cafe bar will open its outdoor seating area from 12 April.
                        • There is limited seating available and will be allocated when you turn up so expect to wait if you arrive at a typically busy time.
                        • Pre-booking at Ernest is available for indoor dining and drinks from 17 May.

                        The Cook House, Ouseburn

                        • Open for dining from their alfresco menu (plus cocktails, wines and soft drinks)
                        • Open Wednesdays - Saturdays 10am - 11pm, Sundays 11am - 4pm
                        • Table service maximum 6 people 
                        • Book in advance via email: cookhousebookings@gmail.com

                        Jesmond

                        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.

                        97 & Social, Jesmond

                        • Taking bookings for outdoor cocktails on their bar terrace in Jesmond from 12 April
                        • Booking up fast with the first week already fully-booked!
                        • Pre-book online at 97&Social.co.uk

                        Sohe, Jesmond 

                        Gateshead

                        South Causey Inn, Gateshead - outdoor dining pods

                        • Will reopen from 17 May
                        • Pre-booking only To book, please email eat@southcausey.co.uk 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.

                        Heaton and Byker

                        Chucho's, Byker 

                        • The independent Mexican restaurant has opened it outdoor area from 12 April 
                        • Book your table by calling in advance: 0191 265 7458

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