For the overwhelmed fresher or the self assured returning students, eating out may involve: infrequent escapades with your folks when they visit to restore confidence you are still in animate existence; or if you have slightly more cash to splash, eating out can be reoccurring ventures that deplete your student loan pound by pound. With an ornate roman historical past, Newcastle has blossomed into a conspicuous, appreciable cultural capital. Besieged with numerous restaurants, coffee shops and tea rooms, to an outside visitor the Newcastle eating scene may seem quite overwhelming and trying to find this cities best kept secrets can be quite tiring. With 2 years experience the pressure of attempting to find an innovative, scrummy, non-expensive eatery has resulted in begrudgingly taking a table in Pizza Express of Grey Street, demoralized and overcome with failure. Within my top picks I have included some well-loved student classics but I have also snuck in some dark horses that have to make it on your list!
Located around the corner from the students’ union, Quilliam Brothers tea room will comfort and console you through traumatic seminars and debilitating essays, whilst supplying the most avant-garde and extensive selection of teas, (ranging from apple crumble to jasmine) and classic Geordie stotties (the Mexican pulled pork is a superb shout). With a great range of meat, vegetarian and vegan friendly recipes, this establishment caters for the diverse student population. Open from 10am-12am Quilliams also offers alternative nights for those who do not favour a boozy night on the Toon by organising film nights located in their secluded, small-scale, basement cinema.
Hop and Cleaver:
As a slightly more unusual choice, Hop and cleaver is one of the dark horse eateries of Newcastle. Located on the Quayside this American smokehouse will delight any prodigious meat eater. Serving a selection of “crates”, you can choose from a wide selection of meats (pulled pork to smoked sausage, barbequed chicken to slow roasted brisket), plus 2 different sides ranging from mac and cheese to sweet potato fries. Offering great value for money Hop and Cleaver has to be the top of your list when eating out in Newcastle.
An absolute student essential! Whether you visit the underground restaurant located at Monument or roll out of bed into the Jesmond residence, The Fat Hippo will be your guilty pleasure, your hangover cure and your best friend. With its motto: “DO THE GOOD KIND OF GLUTTONY” you know you may not leave the same weight, but you have left with a whole lot of happiness.
Olive and Bean
Located at the back of Grainger market Olive and Bae *Bean is an extremely vibrant lunch eatery serving almost an unlimited array of panini flavour combinations. With a vast selection of homemade cakes, and desserts O&B succeeds as either a lunchtime option or mid afternoon coffee and cake reunion.
Great British Cupcakery:
As a social media hit, The Great British Cupcakery may make it to the top of your list when venturing to the Quayside. Located directly beneath the Tyne Bridge, the bakery serves possibly the most creative milkshakes in Newcastle. With flavours ranging from Eton Mess to Blueberry Cheesecake, this dessert parlour is quintessential for those of you with a colossal sweet tooth.