Saturday, 2 January 2016

Best eateries of 2015: Newcastle

HELLO 2016. 

Yesterday, you treated me terribly merely for celebrating your entrance but it's okay, I suppose you didn't force me to stay up until 6am drinking prosecco, so I think it's something we can move past and eventually, I think we'll become the best of friends. 

In just over 5 months time, I'll have finished university and left the UK, yep, no hanging around for me, and 2016, if you're anything like your predeseccor, 2015, I'm guessing you're going to whizz by and I'll be on that plane to Cape Town in no time. 

Once more though, it's time to look back and if my first post of the new year wasn't centred around food, I would be pretty disappointed with myself and can I really start a new calendar year feeling that way? No, no I can't.

So here are my top restaurants and cafes in Newcastle...


If hearty, home cooked Italian food is your jam, then you need to get to Francesca's, pronto. What makes it even better is the fact that it's probably, if not the, most affordable and budget friendly restaurant in Newcastle. Don't just take my word for it though, as when you turn up, there's a 99.9% chance you'll have to queue for a while for a table, even on a Monday. Yep, it's good.

Personal recommendation: Lasagne

If you've been reading Written by a Girl for a while, you'll know about my love for Osaka. If you love Japanese food, and you're around the city centre of Newcastle, it's almost basically a food crime (yes, that's an actual thing okay..) if you don't visit Osaka. Named as the best sushi restaurant in Newcastle, it's a toon favourite and definitely mine.

Personal recommendation: Salmon or chicken teriyaki bento box

Fat Hippo/Byron's 
Before going to Fat Hippo, burgers just didn't particularly appeal to me. Now though, that seems to be a long, long time ago and when Byron's came to town, Newcastle became a burger heaven. I couldn't choose between the two, especially as Byron's courgette fries are basically my spirit animal, but they both do a pretty spiffing burger, and what more could you ask for. 

Personal recommendation: Classic Byron burger with courgette fries/Texas burger at Fat Hippo

Simply Greek Tavern
You could definitely walk past this restaurant and not even realise what it was, yet tucked away down the stairs of building in Bigg market, lies Simply Greek, the best Greek restaurant Newcastle has, in my opinion. With incredibly tasty food, lovely staff and great prices, I was so impressed (and full) with this restaurant that I was already planning my next visit before I'd even left the premises!

Personal recommendation: Kleftiko 


When I first moved to Jesmond, this was the first cafe I visited, and was in fact, the first of my 'Eating in the North East' posts. Scattered with ornaments, flowers, books and the daily papers, this is a cafe that dreams are made of and the cake, well, you just need to try it, and you'll know exactly what I mean. The coffee is great quality, the staff are lovely and the atmosphere is perfect for sitting back and relaxing.

Personal recommendation: Latte for a coffee fix or the green juice if you're feeling a refresh

Infamous in Jesmond, ARLO Bistro and Cafe provides great quality food, and can guarantee a buzzing atmosphere, whatever the time of day. Whether you prefer to sit outside, sipping a coffee, wrapped in a lovely soft blanket provided, or sit in the uniquely decorated cafe, it's a great place for a little treat.

Personal recommendation: ARLO's open sandwich or the large hot chocolate

Garden Kitchen
Situated in Eldon Square shopping centre, many people are a tad put off by the fact it's probably very loud, very busy and not in the slightest bit relaxing yet this is completely wrong. You'd be forgive for for forgetting you were in the city centre prime shopping area, as, even on a Saturday, Garden Kitchen provides a great place to escape from the madness, and whether it be an alcoholic beverage, a coffee or lots of food, it's the place to be.

Personal recommendation: ANY of the cake, seriously. 

Well, I don't know about you but I'm now very hungry...

What are your favourites restaurants in Newcastle? Let me know in the comments...

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  1. Can you believe I've never visited Osaka before! I've been meaning to for ages - definitely need to book a table for Jan/Feb I think. Thanks for linking to #LoveNorthEast :D

  2. Can you believe I've never visited Osaka before! I've been meaning to for ages - definitely need to book a table for Jan/Feb I think. Thanks for linking to #LoveNorthEast :D

  3. There's a fair few places on this list that I've never tried (Osaka, Francescas, Café 1901!) .. I have a never ending list of places to get round saved on my phone and every time I take something off the list, something else ends up being added in its place!

    Some great recommendations here!

  4. That hot chocolate looks delicious! Such great recommendations here Charlotte x


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