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4 new openings in the North East you’ll want to know about

From a locally-sourced coffeehouse to a sophisticated European eatery, an intimate dining destination looking out over Hadrian’s Wall and a vegan sushi joint just by the river

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 23.04.2021


By locals, for locals, Jesmond’s newest coffeehouse also doubles up as an old-school corner shop, where everything they sell is – yep, you guessed it – locally-sourced.

Any day’s a good day to visit, although we always just so happen to pop in on a ‘Big Fat Donut Friday’, where a Lotus Biscoff donut always just so happens to jump into our order. Weird.

18 Acorn Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2DJ





Undisclosed has got some cracking takeaway and dine-at-home options available, including Afternoon Tea to go. Having recently taken over from popular Sunderland haunt D’Acqua, Undisclosed nod to their predecessor by still serving up stylish and sophisticated European dishes – but with new flair. The pork belly with apple, black pudding bon bon and cider jus is in our takeaway order every time.

Basement / 26-28 St Johns Street, Sunderland SR1 1JG


Set for its grand opening on 19th May, Restaurant Pine has seen owners Cal Byerley and Siân Buchan transform an old cow barn into an intimate dining destination, from which you can admire the sloping Northumberland landscape along Hadrian’s Wall as you tuck into a generous tasting menu, (which uses ingredients foraged from the local countryside or grown in their own kitchen garden).

Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Northumberland NE18 0LL


We’ve been huge fans of Veganatomy’s Asian fusion grazing platters and Bânh Mi’s since the business launched 16 months ago. So, naturally, we were over the moon when we heard they were taking up a new stall at By The River Brew Co., alongside some of Newcastle’s finest street food traders in HWKRMKT. We can’t wait to wash down some of their fully vegan sushi with a cold pint looking out over the river.

HWKRMKT, Hillgate, Gateshead NE8 2BH

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