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Your ultimate foodie guide to Berwick

The most northerly town in England has serious gourmet game.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 19.08.2023

COXON & COXON WINE ROOMS

22 Bridge St, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AQ

You’ll find all our favourite things in this stylish enoteca: wine, wine and more wine. Oh, and cheese.

Having only opened in May of this year, Coxon & Coxon Wine Rooms have already established themselves as a wine lover’s dream, bringing a little taste of Bordeaux to Berwick.

Part-shop, part-café, the set up here allows visitors to explore new wines by enjoying a wine flight (or just a glass or two) whilst sharing some antipasto with friends. And, if you like what you’ve tasted, you can pick up a bottle in from their shelves to take home.

With a carefully selected range of old-world wines, with a focus on bio and organic blends, you’re sure to discover a new favourite here – whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a newbie.

Sunday, Wednesday – Thursday: 1pm – 7.30pm

Friday – Saturday: 1pm – 9pm

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NORTHERN EDGE COFFEE

7 Silver Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1HU

This family-run coffee roastery lies just a minute’s walk from the town’s medieval walls, but you’ll struggle to find anything fresher than their brews.

In fact, it’s this blend of new and old that we find most endearing about this Coffee House. Pull up a pew in rustic, vintage surrounds thanks to the Chesterfield sofas and plush leather armchairs combining with wood-hewn tables and exposed brick, and you’ve got a good chance to feel both inspired and instantly at home.

The inspiration will continue once you notice their eclectic roster of blends too, which shine a spotlight on their local heritage through the names they’ve chosen for their ethically sourced, passionately roasted and always fresh coffee blends.

There are few better spots for a brew in Berwick. 

Monday – Sunday: 8.30am – 4.30pm

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AS GOOD AS IT GETS

55 Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1EQ

It’s not often we hear of bars marketing themselves as a ‘cocktail dispensary’, but the serves are so swanky in As Good As It Gets that we’re sure they’ll provide an effective remedy to whatever you’re going through right now.

A couple of our favourites? Cactus Bite, a refreshingly sweet blend of Midori, amaretto and fruit punch; Lil Enzoni, where gin combines with Aperol and muddled grapes; and the Coconut Margarita, where they use coconut-flavoured tequila alongside lime and house syrup.

Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm

Friday – Saturday: 12pm – midnight

Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

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AUDELA

64 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AQ

When it comes to fine dining in Berwick, there’s one restaurant that should be unmissable for any foodie: Audela.

Experts in contemporary British cuisine, Audela is housed in the iconic, 17th century building that once housed WM Cowe and Sons, which features in many of LS Lowry’s painting of the town – creating an evocative atmosphere for any dining experience.

And you won’t forget about the menu in this stylish Berwick restaurant in a hurry, either. Expect dishes created using the finest seasonal produce, sourced daily from Audela’s suppliers in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.

Thursday – Friday: 5.30pm – 9pm

Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

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THE RIVERSIDE CAFÉ

7 Main Street, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 2AA

We love The Riverside Café for their quirky takes on classic coffee house fare that always keep us on our toes.

Take their pulled pork baguettes served with crispy roasties, for example, or their banana and fudge scones, double decker burgers or crème egg Scotch eggs. It’s classic all-day breakfast, lunch and homemade cake fare, but with added panache.

Their afternoon teas are a work of art, too: towering tiers of sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, traybakes, scones, cake, fruit and cream that promise the most bang for your buck we’ve ever seen.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 3pm

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ATELIER

41-43 Bridge St, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1ES

Whatever you’re in the mood for, Atelier has got you covered.

A café-bar and deli, where craft beers and cask ales, world wines, locally roasted coffee and charcuterie all take equal precedence, drop in if you fancy feeling as though you’ve been whisked off to a sun-soaked nook on the continent.

For anyone feeling even remotely peckish, Atelier have small plates, bar snacks, gourmet sandwiches and pies and ice cream on their menu, although it’s their sharing platters are famous in these parts for good reason.

Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm  

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THE RADIO ROOMS

95 Main Street, Tweedmouth, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 2AW

This cool, grassroots music venue, bar and events space is Berwick’s main platform for up-and-coming artists in the area, making it a must-visit for any live music lover.

And artists aren’t the only local talent they’re supporting; in their bar and kitchen, you’ll find produce from a range of local suppliers, too.

After all, attending live events is hungry and thirsty work, so it’s lucky The Radio Rooms have a range of gourmet sourdough pizzas and burgers to satisfy any cravings. They also shine the spotlight on local street food vendors on occasion, so there’s always a varied palette here.

In between sets, why not take a cold pint out onto their quirky beer garden? Rustic décor, good vibes and a little sun combine to make it a relaxing bolthole for a bev.

Friday – Saturday: 6pm – midnight  

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FOXTONS WINE BAR AND RESTAURANT

26 Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AB

Planning a romantic date night? Celebratory dinner? Sunday roast with the family? We’d suggest booking a table at Foxtons.

This family-owned restaurant and wine bar offers quality, innovation and flair in their dishes, which are served in relaxed surroundings – effortlessly elevating your meal out into an unforgettable dining experience.

What really makes the restaurant here shine is the freshness of their dishes. Their seafood is caught in Scotland, their beef, pork and lamb are sourced from Northumberland and the Borders; locally grown vegetables go into their salads and roasts, while dessert comes in the form of ice cream from Eyemouth or cheese from Northumberland farms.

And all that tastes even better when washed down with one of their 40 different wines – including fizz, Champagne, roses, crisp whites and smooth, mellow reds. 

Monday – Sunday: 9am – 11pm

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THE MULE ON ROUGE

17 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1ES

As you can probably tell from the tongue-in-cheek name of this quirky coffeehouse, The Mule On Rouge is all about good times and good vibes.

And with that, of course, comes great (locally roasted) coffee.

A decorative kaleidoscope of a café, with an old upright piano, a smattering of artistic coffee table books, shelves of stacked vinyl records, rustic furniture juxtaposed with a gold chandelier overhead, and the sweet scent of freshly baked goodies inside, The Mule On Rouge is the perfect bolthole in which to find a little inspiration.

And the fare isn’t half bad either. With a commitment to spotlighting ethical food suppliers in their bagels, sandwiches and lunches, you can also enjoy beer, wine, ice cream and cake here.

Better still, you might even catch some live music, as the café has just started their new lounge sessions this month to support local musicians.

Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 4pm

Saturday: 9am – 5pm

Sunday: 10am – 2pm

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MAVI TURKISH RESTAURANT

52 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AQ

This smart Mediterranean restaurant has ‘dreamy date night destination’ written all over it.

Fuelled with a real pride for bringing authentic, traditional Turkish flavours to your table, the recipes in this family restaurant have been passed through the generations. And with dishes prepared using fresh local ingredients, the combo makes for a mouth-watering meal out served with panache.

You can expect mezzes, succulent kebabs and moussaka, as well as fall-off-the-bone lamb and fresh-out-the-water seafood. Are you drooling yet?

Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

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MR C’S ICE CREAM PARLOUR

103 Marygate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1BH

Anyone with the slightest semblance of a sweet tooth should make sure they visit Mr C’s whilst in Berwick.

Serving up the most drool-worthy of ice cream sundaes, waffles, pancakes and sweets, as well as pizzas, toasties and burgers for the more savoury among us, it’s little wonder Mr C’s drum up a roaring trade among locals and tourists alike.

Even better news is that they’ve started serving LavAzza coffee and luxury hot chocolate here too. Because everyone knows you need a hot brew with something sweet.

Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

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REPAS7 BISTRO & BAR

7 West Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AS

Continental bistro and cocktail bar Repas7 is your classic jack-of-all-trades, that’ll never let you down no matter what you fancy.

Serving up light bites, paninis, baguettes, vegan platters, gyros, patisserie and cakes in cosy surrounds, the dog-friendly bistro is an ideal spot to get together with friends and family over some food.

When the sun shines, enjoy a bev in what is arguably the most picturesque of beer gardens in Berwick – rustic bar stools and upturned barrel-tables shrouded with foliage, colourful umbrellas and twinkling fairy lights.

And, come sundown, their slightly cheekier younger sister, Repas7 By Night, comes out to play. Transforming from a bistro into an intimate live music venue, By Night serves up tapas specials and pizza, which can be washed down with any one of their creative cocktails, beer, wine or spirits.

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 4pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – midnight

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NORTHERN SOUL KITCHEN

19 West Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AS

Northern Soul Kitchen is the kinda business we love.

A not-for-profit café, Northern Soul Kitchen uses unsold, surplus food – alongside seasonal, locally-sourced produce – to create a delicious menu of lunches, cakes and bakes that are available to everyone in their community.

As well as shining a light on sustainability by saving surplus food from a landfill fate and supporting local producers, the café offers some Pay As You Feel options, as well as Pay It Forward meals and coffees, so that everyone can enjoy their space.

Stop by for some epic homemade cake, a hot cup of the good stuff, and a stellar range of vegan and gluten-free dishes.

Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm

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THE CURFEW MICROPUB

46A Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AQ

The most northerly micropub in England is arguably one of the friendliest, too.

Tucked right in the heart of Berwick, The Curfew always have a rolling selection of the best real ales on the local market, as well as craft beer, traditional ciders and quality local bar snacks – and the team here are always happy to point you in the right direction if you’re not entirely sure what it is you like.

The hotchpotch of furniture knitted together inside lends a real cosy feel here, while their regular beer festivals keep things fresh.

Monday – Friday: 1pm – 9pm

Saturday: 12pm – 9pm

Sunday: 2pm – 9pm

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LIMONCELLO KITCHEN & TERRACE

Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1EQ

If you want assurances that you’ll enjoy delicious food, great service and a lively atmosphere on your next meal out, then Limoncello is the Berwick restaurant for you.

Having been crowned the Best Casual Dining Restaurant in Northumberland by their local community, Limoncello epitomises authentic Italian dining. You can drop in with the whole family to enjoy a true taste of the Mediterranean over a relaxed few hours within a warm, friendly atmosphere. Which, let’s face it, is sometimes all you need for a great time.

Better still, you won’t need to break the bank to do it.

Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 9pm

Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

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THE MALTINGS CAFÉ BAR

Eastern Lane, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AJ

The Maltings arts centre may well be the beating heart of Berwick town. So, it may well be that you’re planning on catching a show, film or exhibition, while you’re visiting.

If you are, we’d recommend trying the sumptuous home cooking in the arts centre’s loft café-bar, which not only boasts an eclectic menu from day to night, but also some incredible rooftop views over the river.

Not that you have to have a ticket to visit, mind you. We’ve often popped in for a freshly baked scone and a cup of coffee whilst doing some shopping in the town centre. But they are open for evening dining for most live events, if you fancy booking a meal or some drinks and making a night of it.

Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 4pm

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AMRAN’S INDIAN KITCHEN & GRILL

Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1EQ

If your idea of the perfect meal out involves sumptuous Bengali and Bangladeshi fare, served piping hot in sociable surrounds, then Amran’s Indian Kitchen & Grill could be your dream dining destination.

A firm favourite with Berwick locals, Amran’s do the simple things really, really well, with all your South Asian classics on the menu – from spicy curries and succulent tandoori dishes to creative seafood combos and some stellar chef’s recommendations.

Monday – Sunday: 5pm – 10pm

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JAMES FORD & SON

5 Hide Hill, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1EQ

We all know that sweet, sweet scent of freshly baked goodies. In fact, we imagine that’s probably what heaven smells like.

But until we get there, we’ll settle for traditional family bakers and confectioners, James Ford & Son.

There are few better spots in Berwick to drop in and pick up fresher-than-fresh bread, scones, teacakes, doughnuts, traybakes and every flavour of cake imaginable.

A heavenly selection that’s sinfully delicious.

Tuesday – Friday: 7am – 2pm

Saturday: 6am – 3pm

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WINGBOX

13 Woolmarket, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DH

It seems Berwick locals prayed to the fried chicken gods and were rewarded with Wingbox: the ultimate purveyors of authentic buffalo wings in this historic market town.

With a range of boned and boneless chicken combo boxes to choose from, as well as burgers, wraps, firecracker prawns and all your favourite sides (including garlic fries, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, mac and cheese bites, calamari and spring rolls), Wingbox is the ultimate shout if you’re feeling a little naughty…

Especially because their succulent chicken pieces aren’t the only draw here. Wingbox’s monthly milkshakes are a thing of beauty, too; past flavour combos have included Twix salted caramel, Milkybar Gold and fudge.

Wednesday – Saturday: 4pm – 9.30pm

Sunday: 4pm – 9pm

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LOWRY’S AT THE CHANDLERY

The Chandlery, 2 Quayside, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1HE

This family-run coffee shop is a stalwart among the Berwick community, which often leaves us feeling like we’ve popped in to see a relative rather than visit an independent café.

Their breakfast rolls promise to sort you out, whatever you’ve been up to the night before. Their lunches often feature local specialities, like the fresh, open Berwick crab sandwiches. But it’s their homemade quiche, scones, cakes and traybakes that keep us coming back.

Wednesday – Monday: 10am – 3.30pm

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THE BARRELS ALE HOUSE

59-61 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1ES

Music lovers should make The Barrels Ale House their first port of call while they’re in Berwick.

A cosy town pub upstairs, home to a continuously rotating selection of real ales, malts, gins, rums and spirits behind the bar, it’s downstairs where The Basement transforms into the ultimate gig venue every weekend: regularly welcoming an eclectic mix of bands, DJs, local performers and even a few cult heroes.

The Barrels has a real sense of identity and community, making for a great night out where you’ll more than likely meet a few new friends.

Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 11pm

Saturday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm

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THE COFFEE STOP

3 Golden Square, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1BG

When the clouds gather, the chill draws in and all you really fancy doing is curling up with a good book and a hot brew, then pull into The Coffee Stop.

Guaranteed to serve your choice of coffee, tea or hot chocolate with a smile and some friendly chat, the team here pride themselves on cheering you up on the dreariest of days – whether you’re staying in or taking away.

The Coffee Stop isn’t only good for belting brews, either. You can taste the love that goes into every one of their hearty, homemade creations, with everything from cottage pies, soup and scones to creative traybakes and cakes, all made fresh every morning.

Monday – Saturday: 9am – 3pm

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THISTLE DO NICELY

8 Walkergate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DB

It’s little wonder that, thanks to Berwick’s close proximity to the Borders, this charming café has a decidedly Scottish twist.

The tartan-clad menu offers quality, home-cooked fare including hearty breakfasts, light lunches, cakes and scones, alongside daily specials and hot drinks. The Full Monty All-Day Breakfast is particularly popular among locals.

Thistle Do Nicely take pride in playing an active part in their local community, so are a helpful port of call if you have any questions about the town or are looking for inspiration during your visit. 

Monday – Wednesday, Friday – Saturday: 8.30am – 3pm

Thursday: 8.30am – 2pm

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FANTOOSH

131 Marygate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1BH

This charming, dog-friendly café is the perfect pitstop for coffee and cake, a light lunch or afternoon tea and a scone.

Indoors, settle yourself in one of their comfy chairs (in front of the fire, when the chill sets in), and peruse their unique selection of gifts as you enjoy your cuppa.

And when the summer starts acting like it, head out to Fantoosh’s charming outdoor seating area, with white painted chairs and decorative foliage on the tables, for those days when you want to go full continental with an afternoon brew in the sun.

Tuesday – Saturday: 10am – 3pm

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COULLS FISH RESTAURANT

11 Castlegate, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1JS

It’s a universally accepted rule that any relative proximity to our exquisite North East coastline is always an infallible excuse for a good fish supper.

And while there are a few seafood takeaways and restaurants in Berwick, our favourite is Coulls.

This family-run restaurant, which has been satisfying the crispy cravings of Berwick locals for nigh-on 30 years now, has a real modern, urban feel that separates it from your average chip shops. And their stylish outdoor terrace, which wouldn’t look out of place adjoined to a city centre cocktail bar, means you’re not reduced to perching on a park bench if you want to eat in the open air. 

Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 8pm

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