Dobson & Parnell

Casual fine dining in an elegant setting on Newcastle's Quayside.

Dil and the Bear

Dil and the Bear, specialising in seasonal, homemade cakes and baked treats.

5 quarter Newcastle


Serving innovative cocktails, classic wines, artisan beers and hot beverages.

Baristocracy Coffee

Baristocracy Coffee is a small, family-run speciality coffee roasting business based in North Shields.

Brew & Bite

A speciality coffee shop with a kitchen serving up daily treats with seasonal flavours.  

Bun Bun

Bun Bun is a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant, focusing mainly on Greek food – bringing a wide range of flavours to the heart of South Shields.

Rustic Cup

This espresso bar and kitchen is a vibrant cafe by day, and a relaxed bar by evening.

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Queen Vic

Traditional British pub. Serving cask ales, fine wines and a vast selection of gin and cocktails.

Mother Mercy

Voted one of the top 50 cocktail bars in the UK, Mother Mercy is an intimate table service cocktail bar hidden in a basement in the heart of Newcastle’s busy Cloth Market.

Gorilla Bar & Bowling

Brand-new Gorilla Bar & Bowling offers a fully licensed bar, darts, pool, Gorilla-pong, table tennis and live sport.

Northshore Coffee

Speciality coffee shop in Grainger Market with coffee vans roaming the North East.

Adam and Eve Alnwick

Adam and Eve

A neighbourhood pub offering locally sourced, farm-to-table inspired food and creative cocktails.

Dragon Slayer Distillery

A family business with a desire to provide clean, pure, quality gin for gin lovers.

Triple A Food Tours

Award winning food tour business offering bespoke food tours within Newcastle, Northumberland and Durham. Enjoy sampling food and drinks from some of the best independent eateries from around the North East.

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The Hustle

Newcastle's Newest Restaurant, Cocktail Bar & Disco Lounge.

The Exchange

An intimate unique cocktail bar, hidden underground from the hustle and bustle of Northumberland street.

The Collingwood Arms

Grade II Listed, luxury Georgian hotel set in glorious surroundings with views over the River Tweed.


Newcastle's prettiest latenight bar with a great atmosphere in a one of a kind venue.

Al Bear

Located within the heart of Whitley Bay, Al Bear, Bar & kitchen is a place of great food and wonderful drinks.


Prime steaks & crafted cocktails. Located on Elvet Bridge, Durham.

Gino D’Acampo Restaurant Quayside

Beautiful open plan restaurant in Quayside, Newcastle serving real Italian food as it should be, with something for everyone.

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Made of Crumbs

Made of Crumbs is an independent, family run cake and coffee shop based in the centre of Morpeth.

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Contemporary pizzeria menu including light lunch options, single-origin locally roasted coffee and artisan cakes.

Vennels Cafe

A cafe offering delicious cakes, slices, pies, quiches and lunch options - all freshly baked every day.

Finbarr’s Restaurant

A cosy inn serving first-class cuisine based on British ingredients such as Stornoway black pudding.

WC Newcastle

A subterranean wine and cocktail bar in the heart of Newcastle.

Angels Cut Bar and Bottle Shop

Speciality wines, beers & spirits, to drink in or buy to take away. Secret garden for alfresco drinking.

Salt Darlington

Kitchen and Bar offering hearty burgers, bao buns & loaded fries, plus a take-out option.

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Macy Brown’s

Independent cocktail bar based in the heart of Darlington.

ORB Micropub

Darlington's 1st Micropub. Providing the highest quality local real ales, craft beers & whisky.

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Flat White Kitchen

A coffee shop specialising in baked goods and typical café fare in a renovated 17th-century townhouse.

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Flat White Cafe

Flat White Kitchen's sister coffee shop, located in the heart of Durham City.

Monsieur Crepe Cafe

All types of pancakes are on the menu, crepes - both sweet and savoury, as well as American stacked pancakes. Plus coffees, teas and milkshakes.

Elder Beer Cafe

On the foodie fave street Chillingham Road, you'll find Elder Beer Cafe. A cafe-bar selling snacks, merch/ artwork, and craft beer of course. They also have seats inside and also through at the back, a perfect hidden spot.

Block and Bottle

Multi-award winning free-range butchers and craft beer shop, based on Heaton Road. Great advice available if you're not sure, and delicious fresh meat, as well as dairy products, some veg, and eggs too. Busy at weekends so get there early!

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Tyne Bank Brewery

Brewery and tap room.

Deli Espresso Gosforth

Deli Espresso

Cafe with locally roasted coffees prepared in an espresso machine, plus hot and cold snacks and cocktails.

The brandling arms

The Brandling Arms

A lively tavern with regular quiz nights and modern pub food as well as a great outdoor terrace.

Baby Grey Gosforth

Baby Grey

A fully licensed cafe with great coffee and food. Also offering specially selected wines, beers, evening small plates and live music every Saturday.

Cafe Corosa Gosforth

Cafe Corsaro

A piece of Italy in Gosforth, with authentic, rustic Italian coffees, cakes, wines, beers, salads and a range of hot weekly specials.

Caffe 1901 Gosforth

Caffe 1901 Deli Gosforth

Caffe 1901 is a creative space that has community at its heart. Welcoming everyone including canine friends.

Gosforth Traders

An artisan coffee house and delicatessen, with a craft beer cellar, specialist wine and premium spirits off licence.

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Lilburns Alnwick

Lilburns Bar Restaurant

Well known for its fabulous food which is all sourced locally, Lilburns has a reputation that speaks for itself.

The Market Tavern Alnwick

The Market Tavern, Steakhouse and Lodge

Welcome to The Market Tavern Steakhouse serving premium steaks, local ales and fine wine every day.

Melvyn's Cafe Alnwick

Melvyn’s Castle

Serving home-cooked comfort food, including beef pies, lasagna, puddings, scones and sundaes as well as delicious beers, ales, teas and coffees.

Strawberry Lounge Alnwick

Strawberry Lounge

A small family-run cafe and smoothie bar with fresh homemade food and cakes made on-site daily. Great for afternoon teas, too.

The Dirty Bottles Alnwick

The Dirty Bottles

A centuries-old pub and restaurant with luxury rooms and a rooftop terrace.

The Dyvels Inn Corbridge

The Dyvels Inn

Dog friendly with a lovely garden and a menu with something for everyone.

The Angel of Corbridge

The Angel of Corbridge

A dog-friendly countryside pub and hotel with hearty pub grub, local real ales, cosy rooms and roaring log fires.

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The Pele Micropub Corbridge

The Pele

A unique micropub with a contemporary restoration, fabulous location and unmistakable heritage.

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The Black Bull

A rustic 18th-century inn serving traditional British pub dishes and real ales, with curry nights and an outdoor terrace.

Massey's tea room Corbridge

Massey’s Tea Room

Traditional tea room, set in the heart of the village, serving the finest quality homemade dishes, all lovingly prepared.

Tea and Tipples

A cute cafe offering breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Watling Coffee House

Coffee House serving delicious homemade breakfasts and light lunches. Great to take kids.

Riverview Kitchen

A lovely setting right on the river, with delicious food and a varied menu.

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Contemporary Thai and Pan-Asian restaurant/bar with heated 'urban jungle' dining area with palms.

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Free-flowing fizz, beautiful brunches and day drinking vibes – we’ve got you covered.

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Barrio Comida

A modern Mexican taqueria with a terrace, crafting homemade tortillas and serving cocktails and wine.

Eden's Cafe Whitley Bay

Eden’s Cafe

A dog-friendly cafe serving delicious food which is freshly made every day. Try the egg dishes they are famous for.

Sweet Patisserie

An award-winning patisserie by Chef Emma Carlton, with a couple of tables to enjoy coffee and a cake in-store.

Room 305

Room 305

A coffee shop and restaurant with delicious tapas in a relaxed setting.

Kork Wine and Deli

Kork Wine and Deli

Visit for wine, beers, charcuterie, cheese and bread that's worth the difference.

Fox and Finch Whitley Bay

Fox and Finch

Serving breakfast, then classic tapas from lunchtime, with a modern twist in a relaxed laid-back atmosphere and a well-stocked bar.

Buddha Lounge

Serving Asian cuisine in opulent surroundings, right in the heart of Tynemouth.

Lola Jeans

On Tynemouth Front Street, serving street food and signature cocktails.

Surf Cafe

A small but mighty cafe and music venue situated on Grand Parade overlooking Longsands beach.

The Wheel House

Fantastic homemade biscuits and cakes, with great coffee and a lovely atmosphere.

Square Roots Kitchen

Providing tasty cruelty-free, animal-friendly food and drink to customers. Situated in Tynemouth Metro Station.

Allard’s Lounge

A laidback tapas restaurant serving fine wines and bespoke cocktails.

The Peacock Sunderland

A stunning family run Edwardian public house and events space in the heart of the City. Great food. Lush beer. Live Music.

Number One Bar and Coffee House

A bustling Classic Bar & Coffee House, based in the heart of Darlington town centre, specialising in great tasting coffees and cocktails.

Hash Bar and Kitchen

Family owned Cafè bar in the heart of Darlington. Relax in airy, comfortable surroundings from early til late.

Dr. Inks Darlington

Quirky cocktail bar serving afternoon tea & drinks.

Sortie Charcuterie & Bar

Charcuterie and bar serving British charcuterie, cheeses and antipasti paired with delicious drinks.

The Fox Hole Pub & Kitchen

A traditional British village pub in Piercebridge, near Darlington, serving dishes made from locally sourced, seasonal, fresh ingredients.

The Juniper Tree

Bistro, Gin House and Cocktail Bar - nestled at the beating heart of the Imperial Quarter in Darlington.

House of Hop

A craft bar, with a modern, friendly atmosphere. Offering a rotating range of 4 cask ales and a 10 product font, spirits and a range of soft drinks.

The Cheese and Wine Shop

Darlington's only cheese and wine specialist. Hidden gem of a shop, running for over 20 years in Darlington's historic Clarks Yard.

The Wandering Duck

Brunch, lunch and cocktails.

By The River Brew Co

An independent container settlement which lives and breathes beneath the iconic Tyne Bridge on the Gateshead side of the river.


Container settlement hosting fantastic street food and delicious drinks every Friday to Sunday at By The River Brew Co.

Backyard Bike Shop

Specialises in high-end custom bike builds and offer a range of servicing on road and gravel bikes. Also serve takeaway coffee and light snacks throughout the day.

Station East

Gateshead's quirkiest real ale bar.

The Bank Restaurant & Bar

Airy, exposed-brick eatery set in a former bank serving eclectic small plates & classic cocktails.


Sophisticated rooftop restaurant at an art gallery, with city views, serving modern British food.

The Staiths Cafe

Independent cafe, bar & local store located on banks of the River Tyne.

The Central Bar

Pub, serving hand-pulled ales, in a Victorian building with a function room hosting live music.


Spanish food bar serving wine, cheese and charcuterie.

Fork in the Rose

The only cafe florist in the North East. Grab your coffee and plant fix in one.


An independent cafe bar.

Ouseburn Garden

Picturesque outdoor garden, complete with shipping container bar and Bowie inspired diner. The perfect place to kick back with a cocktail, beer or burger!.

Arch 2 Brewpub

Nestled under an arch in the Ouseburn Valley with undercover outdoor beer garden and firepits.

Ship Inn

Brews on tap, cask ciders and vegan meals.

The Cluny

Iconic Newcastle music venue, bar and kitchen.

Tyne Bar

Waterside pub with free jukebox, live music and a garden sheltered by the arch of a road bridge.

Free Trade Inn

One of Newcastle's oldest and best loved real and craft ale pubs. Proud to champion local ales serving great craft beer from England & further afield...

Full Circle Brew Co.

Craft brewery and tap room.

Bar 88 Seaburn

Bar and restaurant in Sunderland.

Axis Beer

Your newest neighbourhood bar. Craft beer & natural wine in a repurposed railway arch.

The Quay Taphouse

Fine selection of beers, fine wines, cocktails and local real ales. Choose from their very popular range of tapas dishes created by our Head Chef James.

Toast at the Coast

Café, bakery & bar on front street, Tynemouth.

Regular Jo’s Coffee Shop

Speciality Coffee Shop in Tynemouth.

The Salty Sea Dog

Serving a modern twist on Spanish tapas and home to an extensive drinks collection

The Ship’s Cat

Gastropub in North Shields.

Dodgin’s Yard

The Fish Quays newest Cafe | Bar | Grill. Brunch, Meats and Fish is the order of business here. Great beers, wines and specialty cocktails to wash down the delicious food.

Scott and Wilson

Award winning local Cafe/Bar/Bistro with a fantastic new Asian Fusion menu. Live music every Tues and Sat.

Three Tanners Bank

Three Tanners Bank is an independent Artist Studio - Bar & Café in North Shields, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Barista Boho

Unique coffee shop selling a range of drinks and cakes with light bites and snacks available.

The Wheel House Coffee Bar

Coffee and Cake bar.

The Loading Bay

A vibey hangout located on the bustling North Shields Fish Quay.

Salt Market Social

A pop up event bringing together the North East's best street food, craft beers & spirits, along with great music in the heart of the North Shields Fish Quay.

Flash House Brewing Co.

Nestled on a hill overlooking the River Tyne, Brewery and Tap Room of small batch world beers in the old heartland of the industrial North East.

Carmichael’s Food Specialist

Independent family-run food shop and delicatessen working with handpicked, individual suppliers to bring you award-winning products.


All Day Brunch / Coffee / Cocktails.

Saltwater Tavern

Located on North Shields fish quay, Saltwater Tavern offers a premium range of all things drinkable.

The Engine Room

A small, fully licensed underground arts and music venue.

Black Middens Coffee Company

A mobile coffee unit operating out of a 1978 Citreon HY van called Connell.It is located at the Sea View car park, Oxford Street, Tynemouth overlooking the River Tyne and the Black Middens rocks.

Platform 2, Tynemouth Metro

Purveyors of the Finest Quality Ales, Wines & Spirits. Located in Tynemouth Metro Station.

Torque Beer Shop and Bar

Beer shop, bar, rock music, coffee.

Fausto Coffee

Independent coffee shop in Sunderland.

The Good Apple Cafe

Vegan and veggie cafe in Sunderland.

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