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.

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

Birria Bella Jesmond

Birria Bella

Get a taste of Mexico with Birria Bella, the newest resident in Jesmond's foodie scene, serving up the very best nachos, tacos and burritos.

High Force Hotel & Waterfall

High Force Hotel is the perfect rural retreat located in the stunning countryside of Upper Teesdale, County Durham.


Meet Acropolis – the award-winning street food vendor bringing authentic Greek cuisine to the North East.

Brew & Bite

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

Published 07.09.2022

Our ultimate guide to the best pizza in Newcastle and the North East

It's no is one of the HLN team's favourite foods. Luckily for us, the region is home to some amazing pizzerias! Here's our ultimate guide. Think we've missed one? Let us know!

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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.

Cake Stories

A family-run coffee house and cakery, using only the finest and freshest ingredients to craft beautiful cake creations.


Eleven is a modern British restaurant showcasing the very best seasonal produce available.

NEST Heaton

A neighbourhood restaurant providing a quality dining experience.

Restaurant Pine

The Michelin Star restaurant of Northumberland-born Cal Byerley and partner Siân Buchan.

Rustic Cup

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

The Big Banh

A Vietnamese-inspired sandwich and coffee bar.

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What’s on in the North East in September 2022

With Newcastle’s first independent whisky festival and Bishop Auckland’s last open-air spectacular of the season, your calendar’s about to fill up fast.

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Queen Vic

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

Ury Sūpasātra

The first restaurant to bring a taste of Sri Lankan and South Asian cuisine to the Quayside.

Lucca Pizza Co.

Offering a unique twist to the Neapolitan Pizza led by chef Hugo, taking pride in preparing everything by hand.

Paros Greek Restaurant

Authentic Greek restaurant offering homemade traditional Greek dishes to eat in or take away.

Something Good

Offering shoppers all of their daily essentials without the packaging. 

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.

Published 20.07.2022

Looking for a new spot for brunch in Newcastle? We’ve discovered a hidden rooftop terrace to take it alfresco – The Factory Kitchen

Spoiler alert – this ultimate suntrap sanctuary in The Biscuit Factory has a new cocktail menu, (and it’s 5 o'clock somewhere, right?)

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Adam and Eve Alnwick

Adam and Eve

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

Alishaan by the Sea

One of the most highly-reviewed Indian restaurants in Sunderland.

Piercebridge Organic Farm

Piercebridge Organic Farmshop & Café is a 300 acre farm, based in County Durham, which is farmed completely organically.

The Lemon Tree Deli

Family-run deli based in Gosforth, serving Tynemouth Coffee. Sandwiches, paninis, wraps, homemade cakes, street food, and much more.

Al Forno

Italian restaurant serving Italian coffees, snacks and meals, with kids' activity packs and a cellar bar.

Up North Pizza Co

Serving delicious cakes, savouries and coffee through the day and Neapolitan style pizza on an evening. Take out or casual sit in.

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.

Published 13.05.2022

Donut mind if we do. Here are our 4 best donut shops in Newcastle

As National Doughnut Week draws to an end, we share some a-glaze-ing local dessert places serving only the finest donuts - and we’ve got a hole ‘lotta love for them.

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The Hustle

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


Found in Jesmond on the lovely Brentwood Avenue, Nucasa is an Aladdin's Den of homewares and gifts. Based in Aviary Art Gallery, Nucasa also has a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating, a range of local coffees, teas, and soft drinks, as well as cakes from Cake Stories.  

31 The Quay

Relaxed dining on the River Tyne. Focused on Local & Seasonal Produce.

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.

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.

Published 12.05.2022

21 of the best beer gardens in and around Newcastle

When the sun is shining, all we can think about is having a pint in a beer garden. So, here are our top picks, including some hidden gems you may not have heard of before...

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Gino D’Acampo Restaurant Quayside

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

Made of Crumbs

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

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse

A premium steakhouse based in Newcastle City Centre, found within Hotel Indigo.

Koru Gosforth


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

Haveli Ponteland

Haveli Ponteland

A high-end Indian restaurant in the heart of Darras Hall. Perfect for special occassions.

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Cassia Italian Restaurant

A cosy Italian restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine, paired with fine wines and classic desserts in a family friendly atmosphere.

Vennels Cafe

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

Published 06.05.2022

The 5 newest food menus in Newcastle to tuck into this spring

Spring has sprung and so have some new food menus. Think Thai fish and chips, black truffle mushroom fettuccine, and Disaronno panna cotta…

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Finbarr’s Restaurant

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

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Let There Be Crumbs

A cakery and tea room on Roker seafront with oodles of character, rustic charm and a homely feel.


Vegan sushi at By The River Brew Co.

New New Bengal Gosforth

New New Bengal

Bringing fine Indian cuisine to the heart of Gosforth.

Salt Darlington

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

The Blackbird

This much-loved Ponteland pub is a venue steeped in character.

The Factory Kitchen

Located in The Biscuit Factory art gallery, The Factory Kitchen is a spacious, independent café. 

Published 04.05.2022

5 new openings in and around Newcastle that we’ll be visiting this month

A new cheeky cocktail bar at the coast, a tantalising tasting menu, and a music club with popular Prohibition-style evenings… Here are the North East’s new openings.

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The Northumberland Arms

Well known for its delicious seasonal menu and spacious outdoor area.

The Paddock

Fresh food delivered from the land to your hand.

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Flat White Kitchen

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

Flat White Cafe Durham

Flat White Cafe

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

Casa San Lorenzo

Offering great Italian food with a food and friendly atmosphere. Great for Sunday lunches and kid-friendly too.

Flint Pizza

Neapolitan Pizza & Natural Wine Bar.

Oli & Joes

A cosy Italian on Gosforth High Street offering a range of traditional dishes.

Published 20.04.2022

Bowl, bars and bites – 6 new openings in and around Newcastle this April

From a revamped bowling alley and the North East’s biggest beer garden to… open-air hot tub cinema nights?! Here are the newest bars, restaurants, cafés and attractions right now…

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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.

Khan’s Restaurant

Opposite Heaton Park on Heaton Road, this Halal restaurant is locally known for excellent Indian and Pakistani food to fit in or take home.

Punto Italian Kitchen

Delicious Italian food, and cocktails. New to Heaton Road, Punto Italian Kitchen is serving up your excellent Mediterranean hospitality and mouth-watering pizzas, pastas, and sides. They also do a gluten free pizza option.

Peace and Loaf Jesmond

Peace and Loaf

Stylish and modern fine-dining restaurant in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne serving British cuisine in a sleek, bare-brick restaurant with a mezzanine floor.

The Sweet Petite, Sunderland Afternoon Tea

House of Tides

Light-filled dining room with exposed beams, for gourmet British cuisine and tasting menus.

Karbon Grill Sunderland

Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar

Restaurant and bar in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland.

Published 06.04.2022

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

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The Sweet Petite Sunderland

The Sweet Petite

A small family bakery based at Mackie's Corner Sunderland.

The Salt House Sunderland

The Salt House Kitchen

Delicious home cooked food using quality produce from local suppliers.

Zucchini Pasta Bar

Casual pasta bar, serving hand rolled fresh egg pasta in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Tokyo Seoul

Japanese street food at By The River Brew Co.

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Cafe Beam

A beautiful café/bistro run by a team of young people with a variety of disabilities and learning difficulties.

The Bake One Gosforth

The Bake One

A traditional Lebanese restaurant and takeaway - with incredible authentic dishes.

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The Gosforth Palace

A large authentic Chinese restaurant with great decor and classic Chinese food.

Published 24.03.2022

Foodies, listen up: here are the 3 newest openings in Newcastle and Gateshead

Expect a classy cocktail and tapas lounge, a new incredible taste of Indian cuisine, and a brilliant burger bar serving rainbow buns…

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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.

Lilburns Alnwick

Lilburns Bar Restaurant

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

Published 17.03.2022

3 dog-friendly cafés in Newcastle

Cuppa and cake just wouldn’t be the same without our best friends.

Becky Hardy
Caffe Tirreno Alnwick

Caffe Tirreno

Dora and Patrick welcome you to Caffe Tirreno, an authentic Italian restaurant situated opposite Alnwick Playhouse.

The Treehouse Alnwick

The Treehouse Restaurant

Unique treetop restaurant serving local seasonal produce with branches through the floor and a log fire.

Sherkhan of Alnwick

A diverse menu of traditional and contemporary Indian food, all cooked fresh to order by their world-class chefs.

Carlo's Fish & Chips Alnwick

Carlo’s Fish and Chips

A renowned chip shop with a two-storey restaurant and takeaway counter.

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.

Di Sopra Alnwick

Di Sopra

A long-established Italian restaurant with great pizza and Italian food. Also offers gluten-free and dairy-free options.

Published 03.03.2022

Our top 4 tasting menus in Newcastle

Here are our fave fine-dining restaurants that serve us a taste of luxury through a fusion of fabulous flavours.

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Copperfields Alnwick


A traditional cafe serving hearty breakfasts and lunches in the heart of Alnwick.

The Origami Café & Gift Shop

The Origami Café & Gift Shop

Gift shop serving cake and drinks with vegan options, including a vegan cake daily.

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.


Corbridge Tandoori

Authentic Bangladeshi cuisine made with fresh local ingredients prepared to their own unique recipes.

The Valley Corbridge

The Valley

A super-stylish Indian restaurant with a beautiful outdoor seating area.

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.

The-Black-Bull Corbridge

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.

Barrio Comida

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

Dabbawal Jesmond

Dabbawal Jesmond

An urban setting with brightly-coloured decor and an outdoor terrace, serving Indian street food.

Thali Tray Ouseburn

Thali Tray

An airy venue with a 10-tap beer bar and Indian street eats, plus outdoor dining in a courtyard.

Khai Khai Newcastle

Khai Khai

Great for a glam night out. Set in Victorian dining rooms serving eclectic Indian cuisine with vegan options and cocktails.

Dosa Kitchen Jesmond

Dosa Kitchen

A relaxed setting serving a range of largely vegan and gluten-free food inspired by South Indian street food. Try the Sunday Sapaad feast.

Shaheens Durham

Shaheens Durham

Just a 3-min walk from Durham Cathedral, this cosy, old-school Indian curry house serves an extensive menu of authentic Indian dishes.


A very highly rated Indian serving South Indian food following traditions and customs of the Princely States of India.


Great decor and delicious food. Serving traditional Indian food with a modern twist. We love the Bombay Flatbread.


Our favourite Indian restaurant on the famous Ocean Road in South Shields.

Yuvraaj Sunderland


An Indian restaurant serving classic dishes in the elegant rooms of a converted Victorian house.

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.

Hinnies Whitley Bay


A restaurant serving high-end Geordie comfort food on Whitley Bay's seafront.

Papa Ganoush

An informal dining restaurant focusing on small plates and quality fresh cooking with a Mediterranean vibe and a nod to the Middle East.

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.

Elder & Wolf

Elevated kebabs, pizzas & tacos pair with craft cocktails at this trendy, mural-lined bar and eatery.

Riley’s Fish Shack

A fish bar and grill based on King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth, serving local, seasonal fish and seafood.

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.

Longsands Fish Kitchen

A modern award-winning fish and chip takeaway and restaurant in the heart of Tynemouth.

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