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Food & Drink in Newcastle: things to know before you go

Curious about the best food and drink in Newcastle? We answer some of your most common queries to help you find the best meal in the north-east.

Where are the best places to eat out in Newcastle?

From belly-busting breakfasts to undeniably dapper dinners, the north’s food and drink scene is better than ever. Check out the Newcastle food and drink reviews online to see what happy customers have to say. To start you off on your culinary journey, we’ve suggested just a few of the best.

Where can I get afternoon tea in Newcastle?

There are some lovely venues to enjoy afternoon tea in Newcastle. Whether you like yours traditional or served with a bit of fizz, you’ll find a teatime treat to suit. Here are our favourites.

  • The classic afternoon tea. For simple, understated indulgence, The Caledonian Hotel serves finger sandwiches, scones, cakes and pastries with tea and coffee.
  • The chocolatey option. Delicious Decadence offers afternoon tea that includes hot chocolate and scones with chocolate spread.
  • The fairy tale twist. How Do You Do in North Shields offers a quirky take on the classics, with a wonderfully eccentric Mad Hatter-themed afternoon tea that adds some northern charm to your evening.

How do I prepare my palate for wine tasting?

When wine tasting, it's important to prepare your palate so that the wine you’re sampling gets its just desserts. Nothing else should influence your taste experience, so check out our handy tips to preparing your palate.

  • Avoid strong flavours. Coffee and other strong flavours like tobacco and mint will affect what you're able to taste, so avoid them for a good hour before tasting wine.
  • Drink lots of water. The neutral flavour of water helps to cleanse your palate, plus it will refresh your mouth after each tasting, which will improve your experience.
  • Do tasting before a meal. Your palate will respond better before eating a meal than after - but we’d advise against tasting on a completely empty stomach.

What kinds of restaurants are there in Newcastle?

All kinds! With traditional British restaurants and the best flavours from around the world, Newcastle has a diverse selection of places to whet your appetite. Check out the latest issue of Food & Drink, Newcastle's official guide to good gourmet, and take a look at some of our favourites in and around the city.

  • American. Cosy Dove Pub and Dining delivers typical American fare - perfect if you're in the mood for a chuck steak burger and fries washed down with a cold beer.
  • Asian. Offering Chinese and Thai specialities, Miji Chinese Restaurant serves delicious stir-fried dishes and curries with dim sum, spring rolls and crispy seaweed.
  • Italian. Enjoy traditional pizza, pasta Bolognese and other Italian favourites at Bella Italia. Finish a memorable meal with scrumptious scoops of gelato or the Sicilian lemon cheesecake.
  • British. Choose old favourites like steamed salmon or roast beef with seasonal vegetables, followed by pudding, coffee and mints at Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel.