Let’s go out again! Outdoor bars and restaurants to book now…
By Sophie Swift
It looks like there might finally be some light at the end of this dark, Covid filled tunnel. Earlier this week, the government announced its roadmap out of lockdown and back into life as we knew it pre-covid. With schools being the first thing to open on March 8th and more social interaction being hoped for by March 29th, we are optimistic about the future. Clearly, the government are also encouraged by the country’s progress, as if everything goes to plan, by April 12th we could be back in outdoor spaces owned by bars and restaurants, enjoying a cold drink with friends. There are a lot of steps that need to be accomplished before that can take place, but at HLN we are hopeful and excited for the future.
With restaurants and bars potentially reopening soon, we have compiled a list of places with beautiful outdoor space that you need to check out!
Jesmond Beach Box at Holy Hobo
Jesmond Beach Box at Holy Hobo is like a beach party on your doorstep. With marquees, bars, food vendors and a man-made beach, what is not to love? Beach Box also offer live music, DJs, 2-4-1 drinks, and quizzes, so your first night out post-lockdown will be packed with entertainment. With food varying from Greek to Italian, to street food, this is a brilliant place to meet friends, grab a bite to eat and a few cocktails in the sunshine! Jesmond Beach Box is also dog and family-friendly and is taking bookings on the website from the 12th of April. If you live in Newcastle city centre or near-by, this massive beer garden needs to be on your radar post lockdown!
The Derry, Long Newton
Located in Long Newton, close to Stockton and Yarm, The Derry offers high-quality food and drink with a great atmosphere. It has recently been refurbished and is all ready for you to go and spend quality time with your family and friends. During lockdown, The Derry has been offering a click and collect service but are excited to serve wonderful British food to the public again sometime soon! The Derry also has a large outdoor seating area, equipped with umbrellas, canopies, heaters and atmospheric lighting. Since the government announcement, The Derry is now taking reservations for the 12th of April onwards with the hope of seeing their customers again soon.
STACK Seaburn opened in September 2020 and after the success of STACK Newcastle, it was destined to be a hit. Although they have announced that they are currently not taking bookings, we are sure that when things appear more certain, this will be on the cards. STACK Seaburn has a large central plaza filled with seating, street-food vendors, and bars. There is also a stage allowing for the music to fill the entire space, creating a brilliant atmosphere. STACK Seaburn holds a variety of dining outlets and street-food vendors that cover a large selection of cuisines. From fish and chips to Greek and Mexican food, to burgers, Thai or Italian cuisine, STACK Seaburn has something to satisfy your tastebuds.
The Blackbird, Ponteland
The Blackbird, Ponteland are overjoyed at the governments most recent plan to open hospitality venues soon. The Blackbird was originally a castle built by warriors in the 14th century and has been an alehouse since 1597. Over the last few hundred years this cosy, country pub has served locals and visitors with a variety of wines, ales, lagers, and meals; but in 2021 The Blackbird is as good as it has ever been. With plenty of outdoor seating that wraps around the building and a tipi that can hold a large number of people, The Blackbird look ready to reopen at the soonest and safest opportunity. Booking can be made over the phone or via their website from March 1st.
Beamish Park Hotel
Upon hearing Boris’ announcement Beamish Park Hotel have revealed that they “couldn’t be more excited to confirm they will be opening The Patio”, an outdoor area which is heated and covered, from Monday 12th April. The area is made of a wood and glass covering and is full of flowers, candles, and atmospheric lighting. They will be open daily from 10 am till 11 pm, ready for customers who want to drink and dine in style! Reservations can be made now via their website.
Poetic License Bar, Sunderland
The home of small-batch gin, amazing cocktails, craft keg beer and soul food, Poetic License Bar in Sunderland is a place we at HLN cannot wait to open for custom again! With the biggest beer garden in Sunderland, equipped with sheltered areas, an outdoor mini-bar, patio heaters and a seaside exterior, this is somewhere we are incredibly excited about. Poetic License Bar is “currently still planning how [they] are going to reopen, but one thing is certain…[they] will be reopening as soon as Boris allows” according to a post on their Instagram page. Keep your eyes peeled for this one!
Bar Luga Newcastle
The second home of our editor on an average week, the Bar Luga roof terrace is one venue that’s set to be booked out as soon as it re-opens. It extended its super-popular terrace in 2020, so now there’s even more space to enjoy the drinks and atmosphere. With heaters, fluffy blankets and large covered areas, this is the place to be day and night. We also really recommend ordering some sharing plates to go with your cocktails because the food is so good. See you there.