Play Hard

Our 5 dreamy date night dinner spots in the North East

From an open kitchen with stunning views of Northumberland’s countryside, to a relaxed fine dining experience in the city, we’ve found the most romantic restaurants in the North East for date night.

Written by Rachael Nichol
Published 10.09.2021

Advertisement Feature

Restaurant Pine

Escape busy city life with a visit to Restaurant Pine – a renovated cow barn offering an intimate setting where you can admire the sloping Northumberland landscape alongside Hadrian’s Wall. Date night goals, right? 

To complement the stunning landscape outside, Pine’s interiors work to create a warm, inviting and rustic ambience. Combine the two and you’ve got yourselves an exquisite setting for a relaxing, cosy date night, perfect for enjoying some quality time together. 

Immerse yourself in Pine’s generous tasting menu while sitting in front of where the magic happens: the fully-open, bespoke kitchen. Getting to watch everything that happens behind the scenes and seeing Pine’s team of expert chefs at work is an added bonus to this dining destination. While you do, why not indulge in the wine pairing experience here? Having been crafted by their professional head sommelier, each glass promises a fresh experience. 

Speaking of fresh, all the ingredients in Pine’s dishes are sourced from their onsite kitchen garden, meaning their menus can change daily – and every evening is that little bit different. Restaurant Pine serves nothing but excellence, bringing some rural luxury to your date.

Restaurant Pine, Vallum Farm, Military Road, East Wallhouses, Newcastle NE18 0LL

Dobson & Parnell

Right in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside lies this perfect date night spot, bringing some modern elegance to the Toon. With high ceilings, leather seating and traditional Victorian features, here you’ll lose yourself in all those classic romantic feels.

Dobson & Parnell push the boundaries of British and European cuisines, with all their ingredients ethically sourced from the finest local farms and markets. 

For the ultimate date night experience, they offer a 5 or 7-course tasting menu, with dishes including Yorkshire pea tart, hand-dived scallop and Hereford beef fillet. Every dish is beautifully presented and can be enjoyed with or without expertly paired wines. A vegetarian option is also available, which can be adapted for vegan diets. It’s little wonder the restaurant recently won the Taste of the North East award!

They also serve a 3-course set menu at lunchtime and early evenings – so whether you want to share a salt aged T-bone steak with chips, or you’d prefer a five-spiced duck breast and pressed duck leg all for yourself, the menus at Dobson & Parnell will give you a culinary experience to remember.

Dobson & Parnell, 21 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG

NEST 

What better way to spend a date night than with some quality wining and dining? And we know just the place – NEST, a new neighbourhood restaurant which has been nesting into Chillingham Road’s enviable food scene nicely. Think a quality dining experience within a totally relaxed ambience. 

With a carefully planned, eight-course tasting menu every evening from Thursday to Sunday – all accompanied by a devilishly decadent wine float – a romantic evening at NEST is always going to be one to remember. 

Or, if you’re looking for somewhere extra-special for a little date day grazing, NEST’s deli boards – which feature charcuterie from Block & Bottle, alongside warm bites and something sweet – are next level. 

Pop into this gorgeously designed dining destination on Sunday, and you’ll be treated to the roast with the most. (Trust us – we’ve tried it). Take sticky pork cheeks and apple salad to start, followed by slow-braised lamb and sticky toffee pudding with Newcastle Brown Ale ice cream, and you’ve got a perfect meal, in our opinion. 

NEST, 258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5LQ

L’Ulivo 

We’ve all seen that adorable scene in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp when they’re sharing the piece of spaghetti… Here at L’Ulivo, you could have that same passionate Italian evening in Heaton, giving you a beautiful night just like the song says in that iconic scene. 

With all their ingredients directly sourced from Italy itself, as soon as you step into this luxurious restaurant, you get those warm, fuzzy, romantic vibes. 

We love a good pizza here at HLN. But L’Ulivo’s pizza is just something else. The dough is leavened for 36 hours to make a light, fresh and easily digestible base that melts in your mouth. But if we don’t fancy pizza (hey, sometimes it happens) we’re spoilt for choice with the other decadent dishes sourced straight from Southern Sardinia, as well as a few local faves thrown in there too. 

For starters, treat yourself to a sharing platter for two with Italian cured meat, cheese and bread with a side of chilli jam and homemade pickles. For your main, you simply have to try their hand-crafted pizzas made from the finest Neapolitan ingredients. And for pudding – the course we’ve all been waiting for – indulge in their delicious homemade tiramisu. Now that’s a recipe for the ultimate date night.

L’Ulivo, 245 Chillingham Road, Newcastle, NE6 5LL

Jesmond Dene House

Bursting with beauty, history and character, this romantic gem is on the outskirts of Newcastle. Call us hopeless romantics, but there’s something so special and sentimental about being in a historical building. And JDH gives us all those fairy tale date night vibes. 

Fern, Jesmond Dene House’s upmarket neighbourhood dining room and bar, creates a dining experience that promises to give you a date night you won’t forget. Executive Head Chef Danny Parker – a finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals, fyi – rustles up dishes that are contemporary, not pretentious but made with love, care and attention. Just what you need on a date night!

From roasted Yorkshire lamb rump, with French-style garden peas, turnip and garden mint, to pan-fried monkfish, creamed yukon gold potatoes, sauce vierge and Shetland mussels, all washed down with a glass of Champagne or lychee bellini, this tranquil spot will have you both feeling like royalty for the evening. 

Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle, NE2 2EY

Other stories by Rachael Nichol
17.09.2021

Autumn reads: The 6 best books to pack for your staycation

Rachael Nichol
16.09.2021

4 alternative cocktail spots to mix it up in this weekend

Rachael Nichol
11.09.2021

Playhouse Whitley Bay is back! Don’t miss out on the award-winning Fascinating Aïda that’s returning to the stage for one night only

Rachael Nichol
09.09.2021

8 North East Halloween events you need to get boo-king

Rachael Nichol
27.08.2021

Adrenaline junkies, listen up: Here are the North East outdoor activities that’ll bring out your sense of adventure

Rachael Nichol
27.08.2021

South African pear, parma ham and rocket pizza

Rachael Nichol