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7 hidden gems in Gateshead

From art deco-inspired cocktail spots and cheesecake to dine for, to a Middle Eastern coffee shop, dog-friendly pubs and the ‘best beer garden in the North East’.

Written by High Life North
Published 02.09.2022

Gateshead is an often overlooked area if you live in Newcastle.

With a city centre buzzing with culture, it’s easy to put off venturing across the Tyne. But Gateshead has so much more to offer than just Saltwell Park and By the River Brew Co.

From exciting new openings to local Low Fell favourites, here are seven hidden gems you’ll want to discover in Gateshead…

The Bonny Comet

490 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6HU

The newly opened Bonny Comet brings a breath of fresh air to the Low Fell food scene through their ‘sip & scran’. The art-deco inspired, lush green interior is as sophisticated and refreshing as their margaritas – which are, arguably, among some of the best in the North East. Perfectly balanced, light and vibrant.

Run by local lass Hayley Kell, this not-so-hidden gem has recently released a new menu offering fresh, seasonal and packed-full-of-flavour dishes served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their new all-day menu features grilled artichoke heart, a Dehati Tangri marinated local chicken curry and North Sea cod with plenty of veggie and vegan options made from local produce.

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Gilbert & Smith’s

413 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN

Gilbert & Smith’s is a popular Low Fell joint with a friendly, family-run vibe. The smart, slightly industrial interior is cosy and welcoming, offering a wide selection of beers, gins and cocktails at a reasonable price. They serve up Whitley Bay Brew Co. beers which are crafted in a small brewery behind their (appropriately named) parent pub, The Brewery.

If you’re thinking of visiting during a public holiday – such as Halloween, Christmas or Valentine’s Day – you’ll see for yourself the effort they put into their decorations! Every other Thursday they put on a popular pub quiz. Oh, and they’re dog friendly, too.

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The Staiths Café 

1 Autumn Drive, Gateshead NE8 2BZ

Positioned with a view overlooking the Tyne, this popular Gateshead café is tucked away off the main footpath. You could easily walk past it without realising if you weren’t in the know, (although the buzz of queueing hungry locals on a weekend might give it away).

Inside has a cool, industrial loft feel and offers coffee, savoury and sweet food. Their menu has dishes titled ‘I don’t know’ (sandwiches or toasties) and ‘I don’t care’ (beans on toast). These have been known to confuse new staff, much to the amusement of the regulars.

By the tills, they have a small shop that sells local produce such as North Chocolates and Staiths Honey. You can also buy artwork, cards and posters from local artists.

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Victoria Bar & Kitchen

Kells Lane, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5HY

This is one of the best-kept secrets among Gateshead locals. Victoria Bar & Kitchen has arguably got the best beer garden in the area and is perfect for those sunny afternoon pints with pals.

Although it’s on the very outward edge of Low Fell, towards the Angel, this dog-friendly pub serves classic pub grub at affordable prices and incredibly decent portion sizes. The interior (and exterior for that matter) is quirky and full of personality. This hidden gem is definitely one worth making a trip for.

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Simply Cheesecake

618-620 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6HY

For your everyday indulgence, Simply Cheesecake has a cheesecake to suit every occasion. They’ve built up quite a cult following serving up chilled and baked cheesecakes – offering delicious vegan, no dairy and gluten-free creations, as well as standard dairy cheesecakes.

If you haven’t visited already – you should. The wide array of choices makes it hard to choose one, (although who said you had to only pick one!), but whichever you go for, you won’t be disappointed.

It isn’t just cheesecake that they offer, either. All their ice cream is homemade with flavours changing seasonally, making them the perfect treat to cool down with while walking around Saltwell Park, or to savour in the sun-trapped garden here with your furry friend.

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Café Under the Spire Gateshead

St Cuthbert’s Church, Bensham Road, Gateshead NE8 1US

When it comes to coffee shops, Gateshead runs the gamut – but Café Under the Spire is a little different from the rest.

For a start, this quaint Gateshead café is situated within an old church (hence the name). It has a boho-meets-Middle Eastern/Asian-inspired interior that will make you feel like you couldn’t be further from Tyneside, making for a nice change of scene from your usual tea or coffee spot. The charming outside area in the church gardens overlooks the Tyne and is dotted with fairy lights and colourful fringed sun umbrellas made from mixed and recycled fabrics. And the café itself serves up delectable Asian food with vegan options alongside sweet treats, such as scones and cakes.

Sharing its dwelling with Cotfield Mirrors, which sells handcrafted mosaic mirrors and furniture made from recycled materials, you might pop in for a cuppa and leave with your home’s newest showpiece.

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Urban Bakery

504 Durham Road, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 6HU

When walking down Durham Road, you may miss this humble bakery offering freshly baked artisan breads, pies, sausage rolls and sweet treats. But you should know that they can cater for any events you have and bake showstopping cakes to order, while also serving up killer coffees.

Striving to be more sustainable? You can buy refillable household produce and pantry essentials, such as oats, pasta, flour and cleaning products here, too. So, you can do your bit towards helping the planet, all while munching on a homemade sausage roll – sounds pretty good to us.

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