Food and Drink in the North East

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants in the North East. Treat yourself to fine dining, explore cool street food vendors or discover your own hidden gems…


Ouseburn Newcastle ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

The Ouseburn is full to the brim with unusual and unique restaurants which marry in perfectly with the urban vibes of the East End of Newcastle. Brinkburn Street Brewery makes the perfect intimate setting to meet up with friends and enjoy some proper pub grub and home brew. Just down the road is Kiln - a converted industrial warehouse with a working pottery inside. Here, you can grab one of their incredible home-made cakes whilst watching real potters at work, creating intricate pieces of art. If you’re looking for an eating experience with a difference, then pick up a blanket and grab a seat next to the fire pit at Thali Tray, directly underneath Byker Bridge. With a straight-forward and value-for-money menu, this quirky Indian eatery is a true hit with students in the surrounding areas.

NewcastleGateshead Quayside ·

Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead

Snug underneath the emblematic Tyne Bridge hides “By The River Brew” – a large independent shipping container village serving some of the most appetizing street food in the North East. With traders such as Chuchos, Cakes Contour and Fire and Dough regularly serving up heavenly take-away dishes, the Street Food Market simply cannot be missed. If you are lucky, you can also catch guest traders Cheese Sir – serving hot raclette cheese on top of exquisite savoury goods. The shipping container community also plays host to its own unmissable open-fire kitchen, called Trakol, which dishes up quirky feasts of local meats, fish, gnocchi, potatoes and salads.

Riley's Fish Shack ·


Recently thrust into national spotlight for its incredibly fresh seafood and unique eating experience, Riley’s Fish Shack is the perfect place to unwind after a long day of lectures. Take in the view of the nearby ruined Tynemouth Priory as you enjoy the aromatic dishes in front of a warming fire pit on the cliff-lined King Edward’s Bay. The highly-acclaimed restaurant, which has had nothing but praise from food critics since it opened in 2013, has won a number of five star reviews and was even shortlisted for a World Restaurant Award in 2018. Though you are likely to be faced with queues out the door, you will not be disappointed by the selection of chargrilled dishes, wraps and wood-fired fish.

Brunch in Durham ·


Whether you are looking for a quirky eatery, or want light bites in an iconic landmark, there is an abundance of choice when it comes to brunching in Durham. Vennels Café is rated highly among locals for the ultimate place to grab brunch. Its delightful outdoor courtyard, tucked away from the bustle of the main high street, makes the perfect location to tuck into some thickly-sliced homemade wedge bread and locally farmed cheese. Located inside the looming Durham Cathedral is the Cafedral - a quaint little tearoom where you can enjoy a freshly baked scone with a cuppa whilst taking in the views of the imposing historical landmark. Vegans and vegetarians rejoice, as Bean Social, on North Road, is the perfect hotspot to grab something special from the inventive and diverse meat-free menu.

Jesmond Food Market ·

Newcastle upon Tyne

Standing atop Armstrong Bridge, between the leafy grounds of Jesmond Dene and Heaton Park, is the ever-popular Jesmond Food Market. Passers-by aren’t able to resist the amalgamation of mouth-watering aromas that come from the long line independent street-food vans upon the bridge. Often featuring juicy burgers, warming pies, gigantic cakes and even authentic Baba Ganoush, you will not be able to walk along the bridge without giving into the pull of the food carts. Taking place on the third Saturday of every month, this quirky and traditional market makes the ideal stop for any student wanting to stock up on some delectable local produce – such as sweet treats, savoury preserves, vegetables and a selection of famous Northumberland Cheese.