Widely considered one of the best music venues in the North East region and previously host to gigs by such legends as the New York Dolls and Seasick Steve, The Cluny, located in a former mill built in 1848 in Newcastle’s Ouseburn Valley, is also home to its signature burgers, all made with locally sourced meat and served with chunky, double fried chips. Guests can choose from varieties including the lamb and fresh chilli burger topped with lime salsa or the free-range chicken fillet burger with seasoned panko breadcrumbs, perfect washed down with one of The Cluny’s huge selection of local and world beers.
The Cluny, 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 230 4474
Its motto is ‘burgers, beers, beats’ and at Burger Stop, guests are treated to its range of burgers made from locally sourced British beef served in freshly baked brioche buns alongside craft beers and eclectic, ambient music. Despite first opening its doors in early 2014, Burger Stop has already gained a firm following with locals flocking to the joint for its urban, industrial vibe and offerings that include the popular Chilli Chilli Bang Bang, a chuck steak patty with chipotle mayonnaise and jalapenos, and the Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, a deep-fried chicken burger topped with lettuce, tomato and Burger Stop’s house-made garlic and tarragon mayonnaise.
Burger Stop, 35 The Side, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 261 4080
Popular pub The Brandling Arms, located in Newcastle’s Gosforth neighbourhood, is known throughout Tyneside for its friendly and homely atmosphere, wide range of real ales and lovely, dog-friendly garden. Its food (think upscale gastro pub fare) includes the Monday Burger Day menu where no less than nine different gourmet burgers, all served with onions ring, sauce and fried, are served alongside a drink for the princely sum of £8.50. Choose from the West Country beef burger with crispy pork belly and black pudding or the pork and chorizo burger topped with pig’s cheek and pickle mayonnaise.
If pubs that sit somewhere comfortably between the traditional and the trendy are your thing, then look no further than The Tanners Arms, a popular, long-standing local go-to located in Newcastle’s up-and-coming Ouseburn neighbourhood. The home of regular live bands and DJs and a whole host of locally brewed ales, The Tanners Arms also serves a smorgasbord of handcrafted burgers like the inventive Cheeky Monkey Butter, a classic burger topped with streaky bacon, piri piri peanut butter, salad and slaw, and three vegetarian varieties including the Blue Hal with pan-fried halloumi, roasted peppers, blue cheese sauce and crispy onions.
The Tanners Arms, 1 Byker Bridge, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 222 1817
Jesmond’s Jam Jar is a welcoming quirky addition to the city’s dining room and specializes in classic English and American comfort food dishes. Served with regular fries or sweet potato fries, Jam Jar’s burgers include its signature Jam Burger, a seven-ounce chuck steak patty topped with crispy bacon, Red Leicester and tomato jam, and the Cow vs. Pig (a chuck steak patty topped with BBQ pulled pork and Swiss cheese).
Jam Jar, 88 Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, +44 0191 908 7158
Retro dining at its best, Northside Diner, located on the third floor of Newcastle’s long-standing department store Fenwick, is a 1950s style American diner serving classic American eats in a fun, retro space with checkerboard floors, red leather booths and plenty of vintage Americana signs and posters. Northside Diner’s homemade six ounce burgers come served in a demi brioche onion buns and guests can choose from the New Yorker Burger topped with bacon, caramelised onions and jack cheese or the LA Burger, tuna steak topped with spring onion miso relish and poppy seeds.