Searching for good, low-cost grub in Newcastle? Check out are guide below, about great eats in Newcastle that won’t brake the bank! Review provided in part by the restaurant guide people at Les Routiers.


Set in an old medieval friar monastery, this might be without doubt Newcastle’s most interesting fine dining space. The grub is rather out-of-this-world, too. The kitchen takes its commitment to local, seasonal, British food seriously – even harvesting walnuts from the courtyard, and scavenging for wild garlic in Jesmond Dene. At lunch, the quick menu comprises mains such as Blackfriars’ very own sausages with mash and sweet onion sauce; or fresh sea fishcake and tartar sauce. Blackfriars also features a sterling selection of ales from local breweries, like for example Wylam and Hadrian.

Location: Friars Street
Tel: 0191 261 5945


Scrumpy Willow and the Singing Kettle

There is a distinctly laidback, hippy vibe at this modest organic cafe. When we visited, the guys were just pulling up the shutters well past their day opening time. Whatever Scrumpy Willow is lacking in in timeliness and slick operations, however, it makes up for in charm, and mouth-watering food. Its snag sarnie – moist, meaty Geordie sausages on dense homemade bread, a perfectly formed side salad – makes a great start to any day. The lunch menu of sandwiches, omelettes, quiches and specials like Irish stew (great veggie options, too), makes way, later on, to relatively sophisticated choices like Japanese spicy beef with pak choi dumplings, wasabi peas, beetroot pudding and pickled ginger.

Location: Clayton Street
Tel: 0191 221 89


Pani’s Cafe

Its blue and cream, stylised interior might look a bit old these days, then again this intimate Italian cafe and eatery is an ageless favourite with Geordie foodies. The daylight menu is based on good, home-cooked pasta cuisine and wonderful ciabatta sandwiches (available to takeaway). The chatty, friendly staff members will happily point you to individual favourites, or what they think you might like. They’re canny judges, too. On a parky day, the Numero Quattordici – a ciabatta loaded with stridently cured European sausage, moistened with a herby spaghetti sauce – perked us up no end.

Location: 61-65 High Bridge.

Tel: 0191 232 4366


The Cluny

Found in a somewhat confusing rabbit warren of creative agencies underneath Byker Bridge (visitors are best approaching Ouseburn Valley from City Road), this bar, art gallery, show and theatre venue also is home to a busy kitchen producing well-regarded made at home beefburgers, chilli, soups, snacks and specials such as lamb stew with leek dumplings, vegetables and mustard mashed potato. The Cluny moreover claims an impressive selection of imported beers and seven real ales. If it’s on, try the richly sweet Tyneside brown draught beer made by Hadrian

Location: 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn.
Tel: 0191 230 4474


Cafe Royal

The Royal seems like a expensive department store’s cafe: hectic, blandly contemporary and a favourite with middle-class Geordies. The on-site bakery creates exceptional pastry goods, gourmet sandwiches and plush cakes (eat-in/takeaway). Deciphering just what exactly the pillbox hat-like stromboli, or the fougasse (a halved, filled flatbread) are, may tax even well-travelled foodies, but keep working at it. In particular, the cheese ‘n’ chive brioche (1.50) will be unmissable, less so the hot breakfast menu. A special of mushrooms on toasted bread, topped with a fried egg, was under seasoned and fell flat.

Location: 8 Nelson Street
Tel: 0191 231 3000



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