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5 new bars and restaurants in Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham

We know you’ll want to know about these fresh faces. Plus, three that will be opening their doors in 2024.

Written by Becky Hardy
Published 13.12.2023
Keel Tavern Sunderland

KEEL TAVERN

Unit 2, Holiday Inn, Keel Square, Sunderland SR1 3DS

The new home of craft beer in Sunderland boasts a handpicked line of rotational cask, keg and bottled beer from the North East and beyond. Better still, it’s got the scran to wash it all down with – expect seasonal pub grub at its best, from bar bites and small plates to full Sunday roasts.

Monday – Saturday: Noon – 11pm

Sunday: Noon – 10.30pm

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Paper Shop Cafe Sunderland

PAPERSHOP CAFÉ

7 Southend, Cleadon, Sunderland SR6 7TF

Cleadon’s cool new café comes courtesy of the folks at Roker’s hippest breakfast spot, Cole Kitchen.

As for this new venture, at Papershop you can expect to find the same passion for coffee that makes any connoisseur drool. Homemade focaccia is a new addition, so prepare yourself to be hit by that unbeatable scent of fresh baking as you walk in – and for Cole’s famous ‘breakfast sandos’ to hit even harder than ever.

Wednesday – Saturday: 10am – 3pm

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Osters by Lovage Gosforth

OSTERS

125 High Street, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1HA

The owners of Lovage – Jesmond’s Michelin Guide-recommended Mediterranean restaurant – have made the move to Gosforth’s bustling High Street for their latest venture.

In a nutshell, Osters is a place for people to get together in a relaxed setting and enjoy great food, simply cooked using seasonal, local and foraged ingredients. Their fish dishes take centre stage on the menu, although non-fish eaters will find plenty meat and vegetarian dishes to tickle their fancy, too.

Tuesday: 5pm – 10.30pm

Wednesday – Saturday: 12pm – 10.30pm

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Tram Shelter Blacks Corner

THE TRAM SHELTER

Roker Cliff Park, Whitburn Road, Seaburn, Sunderland SR6 8AB

This former tram shelter at the heart of Seaburn seafront has been transformed by the Black’s Corner team to create this stylish new restaurant and terrace, specialising in shining a spotlight on British producers.

Seafood, naturally, plays a greater role at The Tram Shelter but (much to our delight), you’ll still find all the farmhouse cheese and charcuterie producers in this menu of flavour pairings and small plates. Plus, wine, beer and cocktails to wash it all down with.

Tuesday: 9am – 4pm

Wednesday – Thursday: 9am – 10pm

Friday – Saturday: 9am – 11pm

Sunday: 11am – 8pm

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Rudy's Pizza Durham

RUDY’S PIZZA NAPOLETANA

30–31 Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RD

Relaxed neighbourhood pizzeria Rudy’s has outposts in Manchester, Liverpool and London’s Canary Wharf (to name a few), so we’re stoked they’ve finally made the move up to the North East.

Born out of a passion for pizza, Rudy’s follows the authentic Neapolitan tradition of pizza making. And whilst the pizzas are most definitely the name of the game here, Rudy’s bar is making its own bid for the limelight – with iconic Italian spritzes, crisp lagers and classic stirred cocktails all on the drinks list. 

Wednesday – Sunday: Noon – 9pm

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ONES TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2024

Veganatomy Heaton

VEGANATOMY Sushi & Bánh Mì Bar

Coming soon to Chillingham Road, Heaton.

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Little Lobo Whitley Bay

Little Lobo III

Coming soon to Whitley Bay.

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STACK Newcastle

St. James’ STACK

Expected to open Spring 2024 in Newcastle.

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