The negative stereotypes surrounding British food have been indisputably shaken off by London, with some of the best food in the world coming from the capital. People say other cities like Birmingham and Manchester are catching up as well, but it could be Newcastle where you find your new favourite restaurant.
Blackfriars Restaurant and Banquet Hall
Restaurant, British, $$$
The banquet hall at Blackfriars | Courtesy of Blackfriars
In a location that dates back to a 13th-century monastery, the food in Blackfriars is as good as the building is old. The Banquet Hall is a 50-capacity dining venue with authentic medieval décor and is available for events, functions and parties. The food is traditional British cooking with seasonal, locally sourced produced.
Diner, Fish and Chip Shop, Hotel Restaurant, Steakhouse, $$$
Not even the furthest corners of the northeast are out of the reach of Marco Pierre White’s empire of eateries. Located just minutes from Newcastle Central Station in the Indigo Hotel, this restaurant promises diners ‘an ultra-modern dining experience’. Including both steakhouse standards and British classics like fish & chips, plus an extensive cocktail menu, there’s something for everyone.
Emphasising the use of local produce, Peace and Loaf is part-owned by Masterchef: the Professionals contestant and former protégé of Michel Roux Jr., Dave Coulson. Their innovative seasonal menus showcase new ideas with a grounding in classic British cooking.
Just off Old Eldon Square, lovers of Thai food can indulge in Chaophraya’s rooftop restaurant. With views of the cityscape, authentic décor and Thai-inspired uniforms for the serving staff, it’s a little piece of Thailand in the city.
Anybody looking for somewhere to eat in Newcastle’s Quayside can do a lot worse than 21 and its menu of classic bistro dishes. Boasting a historical connection to Newcastle’s cultural renaissance over the past decades, 21 and founder Terry Laybourne have been recipients for several accolades and awards in its history. Today, it is one of the best places to eat and drink in the city centre.
Andrew Wilkinson, AKA former North East Chef of the Year, is in charge of the kitchen at Artisan, producing food ‘inspired by daily hauls from our local producers, to create menus which balance a delicacy of technique with an intensity of fresh flavour.’ Creative food from a creative and artistic hotspot in the city, this is a must visit.
The Silk Room is another fantastic eatery located near the waterfront at Newcastle’s Quayside, offering ‘modern cuisine and friendly attentive service in a stylish boutique environment’ as well as a champagne menu with over 25 options. Settle into their boutique setting, with a Motown soundtrack, a glass of something fizzy and a plate of excellent food.