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HLN Reader Guide: The Newcastle dishes you’d request for your last meal on Earth…

Miso, Ouseburn  

Ford Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE6 1NW

Coming in strong as the overall winner, we had so many votes for this super popular street food pop-up that found a permanent home in Ouseburn last year.

Inspired by Japan’s izakaya bars, the menu is small and perfectly formed. Here are some of the top voted dishes:

‘Shoyu shiitake ramen with a side of chicken gyozas and miso martini’

‘Potato salad followed by tantanmen ramen’

‘Coal charred onglet steak with a side of parsnips and carrots covered in yuzu kosho butter – 11/10’

‘The charred sprouts and leeks with miso sauce – without a doubt’

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Long Friday, Jesmond

46 Brentwood Avenue, West Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 3DH

A very firm spot in second place was Long Friday – the sister restaurant of Cook House.

A neighbourhood drinks and dining spot in Jesmond, Long Friday serves up great wine, great cocktails and small plates (accompanied by the friendliest service).

Many, MANY dishes were mentioned – here are the top ones:

‘The burrata which always has a seasonal twist – order it with the focaccia and go to heaven’

‘The ricotta bomboloni doughnuts with rosemary caramel and candied lemon – even if I’m full I can’t not order them’ 

‘The BBQ’d bavette steak with the bone marrow crumb – and a negroni on the side’

Pizzeria Francesca, Jesmond

134-136 Manor House Road, Jesmond, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2NA 

A North East stalwart that clearly has a special place in our reader’s hearts…

The ultimate great value, great craic, comfort food eatery has secured a spot in our top three with some absolute classics:

‘The cheesy garlic bread from Francesca’s  – my ride or die’

‘It would have be Bolognese pizza from Franscesca’s – I have it at least once a month’

‘Tagliatelle carbonara from Francesca’s LOADED with half a block of grated parmesan’

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The Beehive, Earsdon – ‘Slow cooked brisket of beef with Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes, swede mash and seasonal vegetables. I think about it all of the time.’

Gusto, Newcastle – ‘The sharing chateaubriand was unbelievable. Hands down the best meal I’ve ever had in my life. The sides that come with it are perfect, so tasty. I was gutted when it was all gone.’

Café 21, Newcastle – ‘The cheese soufflé’

My Delhi, Newcastle – ‘The railway lamb curry is insane’

Nest, Heaton – ‘The tasting menu. So good.’

Vegano, Newcastle – ‘The Dunston rocket burger’

Super Natural Café, Newcastle – ‘Anything on the menu’

Batch Bakery, Jesmond – ‘A white chocolate and pistachio croissant’

The Market Tavern, Alnwick – ‘The steakhouse special with a large red wine’ 

Blackfriars, Newcastle – ‘The beef wellington is my Roman Empire’ 

Kiln, Ouseburn – ‘The hummus and pitta bread – I’d eat it every day’

Solstice, Newcastle – ‘I’d do the full tasting menu with the wine pairing’ 

Ophelia, Gosforth – ‘The olive oil martini followed by steak frites’

I Scream for Pizza, Newcastle – ‘The truffle paradise pizza is… paradise’

Panis, Newcastle – ‘Try the Cun Sartizzu if you haven’t already’

Chilli Padi, Newcastle – ‘The smoked chicken or butter prawns with roti to mop up the sauce’

Northern Rye, Ouseburn – ‘A kimchi cheese toastie followed by a tiramisu cruffin with a flat white on the side’

Pablos Eggsgobao – ‘Honestly I think it might be the OG veggie bao that would take the spot as my last ever meal…’

Magic Hat Café, Newcastle – ‘They do a special croissant bread pudding made with leftover Northern Rye pastries, it’s unreal’

Broadchare, Newcastle – ‘The lamb or the haggis on toast (with loads of sauce)’

Arlo, Jesmond – ‘A large wine and ALL of the small plates’

Fat Hippo, Newcastle – ‘Simple, but a gluten free American burger – the more pickles the better!’

The Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton – ‘A full English… followed by pancakes?’

French Quarter, Newcastle – ‘Escargots followed by their tasting desert and wine pairing’

Aidan’s Kitchen – ‘I’d just go and order all of the brunch items one after the other’

St Vincent, Newcastle – ‘Bloody Mary (the best in Newcastle) with oysters and steak’

Fisherman’s Bay, Whitley Bay – ‘Fish and chips on the beach’

Love our reader guides? Check out The Best Bottomless Brunches in Newcastle – as voted for by you.

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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…


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