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If you’re planning a day out in Newcastle with the kids, why not treat yourselves to a family meal? Fat Hippo has branches in Jesmond and on Shakespeare Street in the city centre, where kids can build their own burger with a range of garnishes and toppings. You can’t eat a Fat Hippo burger without making a mess, but that’s all part of the fun!
Alternatively, Las Iguanas on Grey Street boasts a delicious kids’ menu featuring tacos, crispy cod fingers and many more Mexican delights. Or head to Gusto on the Quayside - home to many of the city’s best restaurants. Here kids can build their own mini burgers - and even make their own pizza! Check out this guide to family-friendly restaurants in Newcastle for more information.
Newcastle boasts many great restaurants where you can get the perfect pasta or pizza dish, including Pizza Express and Bella Italia in Eldon Square. There are lots of independent restaurants along the Quayside too – Sabatini, which offers authentic Italian and Sardinian dishes served in friendly, cosy surroundings, comes highly recommended.
Further out of the city centre you’ll find options including Fratello’s in Jesmond, serving classic Italian dishes with a modern twist. These are just a few of the options on offer, so make sure you browse our list of Italian restaurants in the area before making your choice.
Carnivores are spoilt for choice in Newcastle thanks to the fantastic range of restaurants and steakhouses serving slabs of prime cut meat. The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Grill, housed within Hotel Indigo on Fenkle Street, serves classic T-bone, ribeye, sirloin and fillet steaks with a delicious array of sauces and accompaniments.
There are some great options outside the city centre too. Wallsend’s The Rose Inn serves delicious steak meals, and is highly rated by Groupon customers for its friendly service. Or you could take the Metro to Whitley Bay, where you’ll find Brazil Brasserie at the Windsor Hotel on South Parade. Its menu changes through the seasons, but you’re guaranteed to find rich, meaty dishes on it all year round.
Many city centre hotels serve indulgent afternoon teas, including the four-star Maldron Hotel where you can enjoy a cream tea with scones, or the full version with sandwiches, cakes and a sparkling cocktail.
If you want to escape the busy city centre, the Caledonian Hotel in Jesmond has an on-site bistro, where you can enjoy freshly baked scones served with jam and clotted cream, accompanied by a glass of Prosecco. Or for chocolate enthusiasts, Delicious Decadence on nearby Newlands Road is the perfect choice. Their chocoholic afternoon tea features scones with chocolate spread and a traybake with hot chocolate.
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It’s fair to say I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with shopping, particularly at the Trafford Centre. The one thing that gets me through the sometimes-necessary trips to such places is the hope of finding somewhere good to dine when I’m finished. You’d think that’d be easy at the Trafford Centre, after all there are over 50 places to eat and drink. Although the majority are either coffee shops or the usual sort of chains you can find on any retail park - from Pizza Express and Nando’s to T.G.I Fridays and Frankie & Benny’s - there are several more interesting options too.