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Experience a taste of Gateshead

Explore Gateshead's vibrant food and drink scene and discover fine-dining restaurants, cafe culture, a world of street food, a family-run ice cream company and an independent brewery.

By The River Brew Co is must-visit destination on Gateshead Quayside which is the hipster home to the Hawker Market where you can get a pint of locally-brewed craft ale to accompany a plethora of street food options which are guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds. While you're there, pick up a Matcha Latte or Bikers Brew from Backyard Bike Shop or settle in for award-winning, nose-to-tail dining at open-fire restaurant Trakol - you'll need to book ahead as this is one of the hottest foodie tickets in town.

Further along the River Tyne in Gateshead you'll find Firebrick Brewery which is located in Blaydon but also has a stall in Newcastle's Grainger Market selling its cask, keg and bottled beers. The independent brewers have a choice of 16 creations from Toon Broon, Wey-Aye PA and Tyne 9.

Nearby family-fun Blaydon business, Beckleberry's, is an award-winning ice cream and patisserie. Visit Metrocentre to buy a cone topped with gourmet ice cream flavours from espresso to salted caramel via liquorice & blackcurrant and keep your eye out at venues or even on airlines to get your hands on a tub of Beckleberry's fresh cream ices.

Independently-run Staiths Cafe is ideally placed along the River Tyne for those who fancy a wander away from the main hustle of the Quayside. The popular cafe overlooks historic riverside monument, Dunstan Staiths and provides a bustling home-from-home for locals and visitors alike.

Enfields Kitchen at Gateshead College thrives on the passion of its lecturers and students. Training up the next generation of award-winning chefs, Gateshead College teach the skills and techniques needed to run a successful restaurant with students gaining invaluable first-hand experience in their busy kitchen. Dine at Enfields Kitchen to enjoy modern, contemporary with a focus on seasonal produce created by the next generation of top chefs.

A place of culture and vibrancy, Gateshead is home to an excellent independent food scene. Go on a Gateshead culinary journey in a series of short videos exploring a taste of Gateshead and meet the faces behind these independent businesses...