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Support local restaurants, cafes and shops during the Coronavirus outbreak

Direction from the Government to limit social interaction will have a massive impact on many local businesses. Here's a useful guide of those that are now delivering our favourite food and products...

Written by High Life North
Published 13.10.2020

Huge thanks to Sam @NorthEastFamilyFun, Helen Bowman, Megan Cant and Amy Whitfield @Tripleafoodtours for their help in pulling this guide together.

If there are any businesses you know that we can add to the list, please send them to [email protected].


Omni, Whitley Bay

Omni is offering a takeaway collection and delivery service of its Asian-inspired menu. Orders can be placed by telephone and paid for by card and delivery will be available within a 3.5 mile radius. They’ll be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 12noon – 8.00pm and there’s a minimum spend of £15. Contact 0191 251 2819 to place your orders. Contact Omni on Facebook or Twitter.

Papa Ganoush, Whitley Bay

If you fancy a middle-eastern takeaway during your self-isolation, contact Papa Ganoush in Whitley Bay. The restaurant on Park View provides non-contact deliveries of their adjusted menu. Orders should be placed and paid for in advance on 0191 253 5550. Visit their Facebook page or website for further details.

Pulp Fiction Future Food, Whitley Bay

For those looking for vegetarian and vegan options for their deliveries, Pulp Fiction delivers a special immune-boosting menu to your door. Deliveries are available on Mondays and Fridays. All meals will be either ready to heat and eat, fresh enough to stay in the fridge for a couple of days or you can pop into your freezer for a later date. Look up the special kitchen menu on Pulp Fiction’s Facebook page then text your order to 07753186283 on WhatsApp and payments can be made online for a no-contact delivery.

Turknaz Restaurant, Whitley Bay

Enjoy the taste of Turkish cuisine delivered straight to your door, for free. Deliveries will be available from 4pm until 10pm, daily and orders can be placed by calling 0191 253 0466. Free delivery is available within a four-mile radius and the menu can be found at the Turknaz website.

Big Bamboo, Hartlepool

Big Bamboo Deli offers Asian food with a difference, freshly prepared and calorie conscious. Meals range from Thai Satay Chicken Burger, Crazy Katsu, Thai Green Curry and Chicken Chow Mein. Big Bamboo are offering delivery to all customers and if you do not want to come in to contact with others, the meals can be left on the doorstep when pre-arranged with Big Bamboo. Please just ask when you contact: call or text 07380398342.

The Stables Restaurant, Wynyard

The Stables Restaurant is a family run business providing wonderful, home cooked food that is loved locally. They are offering take-aways on all meals and if you do not wish to come in to the restaurant, please inform The Stables when you ring and arrangements will be made. Call 01740644074 – the full menu is available online, here, and images on Instagram @thestableswynyard.

Elder and Wolf, Whitley Bay

All food is now available by a WhatsApp contactless delivery service. Just drop them a WhatsApp on 07599 833611 for a menu and some great special takeaway deals. Order your food, book your delivery or collection time, then they will then drop you a confirmation text and arrange card payment over the phone. Visit their website for further details

Harissa Kitchen, Sandyford

Enjoy their delicious mezze at home with the takeaway collection service. You can order between  5.oopm – 8.30pm (last order) and go down to collect. Call them on 01912615501 after checking out the menu on their website,

Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

A pub food delivery service – including afternoon tea delivery. The takeaway menu is available as delivery and collection Monday-Saturday. On a Sunday they will be delivering Sunday lunches only. Order between 12noon – 2.00pm for lunch, and between 4.00pm – 7.00pm for dinner. View the menu here, and call the pub on 0191 2370060 to order.

River Beat, Gateshead Quayside

Offering a range of classic and speciality curries as well as fantastic vegan options and immune-boosting boxes which we all need right now! Available for collection and will be on Uber Eats from Sunday 22 March. Call 0191 4770553 or check out the menu on their Facebook page.

Kiln, Ouseburn

From 20 March you will be able to order food directly from Kiln to your door. They’ll be doing everything from provisions, alcohol, healthy homemade ready meals, veg boxes & straight-up takeaway food. Find out more at or on their Facebook page.

The Patricia, Jesmond

From Saturday 21 March will be offering ‘The Patricia at Home’. Delicious main courses (including a vegan option) and wine which can be collected or delivered to your home before 6pm daily. They are offering 50% off for the vulnerable and NHS staff. Orders & payment via telephone 0191 2814443 / 07497364028. The menu is available on Instagram and Facebook.

Namaste – Taste of India, Whitley Bay

This Indian deli and specialist food store is offering a great takeaway menu including immune-boosting food and hot drinks. They are leaving free portions on doorsteps for elderly and vulnerable people, and offering normal delivery and collection for customers which includes produce from their extensive grocery section including pasta, rice and soap. They are also offering hampers, afternoon teas and special meals on Mother’s Day weekend. To find out more visit their Facebook page.

SoHe, Jesmond

Is offering a takeaway service. Just call ‪0191 281 8161‬ to place your order for collection and they will give you an estimated pick up time. For those staying indoors, they can be found on Deliveroo and Ubereats for those within the delivery perimeters. Find out more on Facebook. 

Hinnies, Whitley Bay

Order Geordie comfort food dishes from the restaurant’s new Autumn menu to enjoy at home. Available Tuesday-Sunday. Click here to view the full menu and find out how to order.

Lola Jeans, Newcastle and Tynemouth

Lola Jeans now offers takeout (delivery and collection) from both of its venues – Newcastle and Tynemouth – 7 days a week. Try its award-winning burgers and enjoy with signature cocktails which are 2 for £10 on the takeout menu. Order online. 

Blackfriars, Newcastle

Offering delicious seasonal dishes from the Autumn menu, you can also order Blackfriars’ Sunday Roast to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Available daily, click here for more details and to see the full menu. 

Dobson and Parnell At Home
Offering casual fine dining meal kits to prepare and cook at home from the award-winning restaurant. You can also order freshly baked sourdough bread, pasties, triple chocolate brownies and shortbread. Click here to visit the online shop. 
Bistro 46, Jesmond
This HLN favourite has created a pop-up takeout service called Meat Sauce Fries, serving takeaway Tuesday-Thursday 5.00pm ’til 9.45pm. Lines open at 4pm on the day to pre-order and get your time slot. Limited numbers each day so when it’s gone, it’s gone. Each week will be a different dish and it will always be one type of meat, one type of sauce and one type of fries. For example, Bavette, Chimmichurri and Truffled Parmesan Fries, or, Boned Out Chicken Thighs in Tempura, Gochujang Sauce and Chive & Lime Fries.
Pic Credit: @CharlotteKiddEats

Bao Bun, Heaton

Based on Chillingham Road, this small bar offers bao buns and small plates, with takeaway available. Open Thursday – Sunday, 1.00pm – 9.00pm. They have a lunchtime offer between 1.00pm – 4.00pm with two buns for £5.
Peace and Loaf, Jesmond
Did you know that Peace and Loaf has a pop-up pie shop at the back of the resturant? Neither did we but we are going this weekend! Open all day Friday and Saturday.
Boquerones Tapas, Heaton 
This popular little restaurant in Heaton offers collection on Friday and Saturday so you can enjoy a tapas feast at home. The menu changes regularly so keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.
Six at the Pier Point, Sunderland
Each month they will be changing their selection of local cheese and cured meats to bring new flavours to their menu. Offering a range of boards to takeout including cheese, charcuterie, vegetarian, seafood, artisan and a special sharing board for two. Visit their website for more details. 


Flint Pizza, Heaton

Offering takeout Tuesday – Sunday, 5.00pm – 10.00pm. Orders can be made at the restaurant or over the phone and they will take payment at the time of taking the order. You’ll receive a time slot for collection and are working on a delivery option so keep up-to-date on their Facebook page.

Scream for Pizza, Sandyford

Offering its current menu which can be found on Facebook. Call 0191 2617974 for orders for collection or they are on Deliveroo from 5.00pm

Fire Dough, Hexham

Is currently trialling a delivery service to addresses in Hexham. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Stable Hearth Pizzeria, Darlington

Stable Hearth is offering traditional Italian pasta dishes to take out as well as Neapolitan pizzas, side dishes, desserts and alcohol. Call 01325 730400 or visit their Facebook page for the full menu.

Redheads Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Not pizza, but cheesy comfort food all the same. Redheads is now on Just Eat, offering its hot Mac ‘n’ Cheese lunch options or ‘pop in the ovens’ to save for later. Check out their Facebook, here.


Busy Whisk Desserts, Wynyard

For a little sweet treat and pick me up in your self isolation, look no further than The Busy Whisk. The Busy Whisk create luxury cheesecake, desserts and patisserie from locally sourced ingredients. They usually attend farmer’s markets but during this time, The Busy Whisk are delivering to homes in the area.  Contact The Busy Whisk on Facebook for more information.

Brocksbushes Farm Shop & Tea Room, Corbridge

The Farm Shop is stocked with fresh fruit & veg, homemade freezer meals, sausages, bacon and a small selection of other fresh meat & poultry, milk, eggs, bread, their own baked goods and more. They are receiving deliveries every day and are offering a personal shopping service. They are also offering a delivery service within a 10 mile radius. This is subject to availability and priority will be given to the over 70s and people in isolation. Their Tea Room is open for takeaways. View the menu at Call 01434 633100 or email [email protected].

Delivering cakes, treats, drinks and Easter Egg Cheesecakes to the following areas:
A – NE40, NE41, NE21 – £2, B – NE42, NE39, NE16 – £2.50, C – NE4, NE11, NE15, NE17 – £3, D – NE5, NE8, NE9 – £3.50

Peartree Hill Tearoom, Darlington 

Peartree Hill Tearoom are offering free delivery in Darlington on orders over £7.00. The full menu is available to takeaway including lasagne, soup of the day, jacket potatoes, paninis and a huge range of sandwiches. All are homemade and delicious! Contact 07470482027 for further details and to make orders.

129 Coffee Shop

The popular coffee shop will offer a delivery service as soon as it’s needed, providing deliveries of its hot and cold menu with a small delivery charge. Delivery will be offered within two miles of the shop on Park View. Deliveries can be ordered at the café or by calling 0191 253 5963. Visit 129 Coffee Shop on Facebook.

Kith & Kin

Place your order from the full Kith & Kin menu by calling 0191 289 3465. Payment will be taken over the phone and you’ll be provided with a collection time. Collection can be made from the café, from the garden outside or can be delivered to your car if you’re parked nearby. Visit the website for the full menu. More information is available on Kith & Kin’s Facebook page.

Café Bela, Billingham

Café Bela is a family run café in Billingham offering a delivery service for people in Billingham, Norton and surrounding areas who are worried about leaving home. They offer a wide range of lovely dishes from beef chilli, veggie frittata, pizzas. Contact: 01642560000 for further information.

Pet Lamb Patisserie

You can order tray bakes, brownies, cupcakes and more from local favourite Pet Lamb Patisserie. They deliver across the UK – perfect to send to someone who is self-isolating (or treat yourself). Order online here:

Fit Inn, Hartlepool

For those who wish to stay healthy in their self-isolation, Fit Inn are offering macro and calorie counted meals with delivery. They are also offering discounted multi purchase meals to stock up the freezer! Fit Inn are on Instagram @fitinnhartlepool and Facebook. Contact them for further information.

Peartree Hill Tearoom, Darlington

Peartree Hill Tearoom are offering free delivery in Darlington on orders over £7.00. The full menu is available to takeaway including lasagne, soup of the day, jacket potatoes, paninis and a huge range of sandwiches. All are homemade and delicious! Contact 07470482027 for further details and to make orders.

Flamingo Café, Seaham

The wonderful Flamingo Café offer a range of healthy and nutritious meals in Seaham. They are open as usual with extra cleaning arrangements however, all meals are able to be collected in single use disposable containers. If you do not want to come in, food will be brought out to you. Text 07583833594 to organise, or visit their Facebook.

Horton Grange Country House, Northumberland

This AA 3-star hotel situated just outside of Ponteland is offering an afternoon tea delivery to your door. We personally can’t think of anything better than indulging in a warm scone with clotted cream and jam from the comfort of our own home. Call 01661 860686 or visit their Facebook page for more information.

Cafe Bela, Billingham

This family-run cafe is now offering a delivery service of its fresh homemade food for people in Billingham, Port Clarence and Norton who are worried about leaving home. Call them on 01642 560000 or find them on Facebook.

Cafe Lush, Billingham

Order before 12noon to have delicious lunches including quiche, corned beef pie, sandwiches and paninis delivered to your door. They are also offering kids meals and hot specials which will be posted on their Facebook page daily.

On the Corner Cafe, Whitley Bay

This new cafe on Ilframcombe Gardens in Whitley Bay has only been open a few weeks. Show your support by ordering takeaway, they are also offering hot drinks and encouraging bringing your own takeaway cups and containers. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Little Green Social, Sandyford

From Tuesday 24 March they will be operating as a take out and delivery service with a plant-based menu of freezable soups, stews, curries, pies and mash, and lots more. They have also just launched a new business which has been months in the making called Goodness Me – a plant based meal prep service, delivered to your home with clear macro breakdowns for affordable prices and with eco friendly packaging. Visit their Facebook page to find out more about both.

Food shops

The Juicy Pear, Sedgefield

The Juicy Pear are a quality greengrocers in a little local village called Sedgefield. They supply quality, fresh fruit and vegetables and are delivering goods to people’s homes. Lots of local people have offered to help with deliveries too! Contact: 01740622911 for further information or visit their Facebook page.

Blackwell’s Butchers, Norton

Blackwell’s Butchers are offering free delivery for all elderly and vulnerable people in the local community. Orders can be placed by the website, email [email protected] or call 01642559191. Blackwell’s are award winning quality butchers offering excellent produce a selection of ready meals.

Nicholson Butchers, Whitley Bay

Already known for their high-quality meat and veg as well as their customer service, Nicholson’s will continue the free delivery service it offers to those who cannot get to the shop to collect their groceries. Place your orders via the website or over the phone on 0191 252 5250. Nicholson Butchers is also on Facebook.

Carruthers and Kent, Gosforth

This boutique wine shop in Gosforth is offering FREE local wine delivery. As well as a  as well as fully stocked wine shop they have a cheese counter, chocolate section and range of biscuits and chutneys. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

The Wine Chambers, Tynemouth

For those at the coast, The Wine Chambers has a range of wines and spirits and are also offering FREE delivery in North Tyneside within a five mile radius. Just call them between 11.00am – 8.00pm, place and pay for your order (min £30) and they will deliver to your door. Call 0191 2585135 or visit them on Facebook. 

Riverford Newcastle can deliver organic meat, fruit and veg to your door with free delivery.

Hanover Dairies can deliver milk to your doorstep –

Cramlington Veg Box Company deliver fresh fruit and veg to your door (Delivery areas include Northumberland, North Tyneside and parts of South Tyneside)

Charlotte’s Butchery is offering delivery in the local area (they are based in Gosforth).

Latimer’s Seafood Ltd is offering a drive through collection service – order online and give them a call when you are in the car park. Shopping list and prices on their FB page.

The Blagdon Farm Shop stock homemade ready meals in their freezers. All made using the highest quality produce – perfect to keep in your freezer.

Hilton and Son Butchers in Winlaton are offering free delivery to local customers.

The Grainger Market

Built in 1835, this grade 1 listed building is home to over 100 independent traders including many restaurants, fishmongers, grocers and butchers which have come together and started to offer a delivery service for customers shopping in the market. For delivery enquiries contact: 0191 2324265


Northburn Home Fragrance, Whitley Bay

This gorgeous home fragrance company has closed its Cramlington factor and gorgeous new shop in Whitley Bay but is still online and offering FREE delivery to the following areas when you spend over £10. Again, this would make a lovely gift to anyone who is self-isolating (they can leave on the doorstep) in:
Cramlington, Blyth, Bedlington, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton, Earsdon, Seaton Delaval, Seaton Sluice, Tynemouth

Northumbrian Flowers, Hexham

Keep your house looking bright with fresh flower deliveries from Northumbrian Flowers. Check out their Facebook page.

Happy Yoga Newcastle is live streaming some of their classes so you can take a class in your own home.

Eekie-igo is offering free local delivery of their reusable cloth menstrual pads

Animal Tracks, Ashington is helping with any pet supplies you may need and can bulk order for you.

Have to Love Boutique, Gosforth 

This local boutique has closed its doors but is offering its full range online with some great Spring fashion and 25% off. Visit 

Please note

We will endeavour to keep this guide as up-to-date as possible but please be aware that due to the nature of this outbreak, details may be subject to change at late notice. 

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