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Best restaurants for a typical ‘British’ dish

“Hey Mickey, my parents are coming to visit me! Do you know any good restaurants where I definitely have to take them?”

I receive a lot of messages like that. Which is why I decided to write this ultimate guide to Newcastle restaurants and cafes. This is focused on the best food and drinks which British cuisine can offer to your parents, friends and other relatives coming to visit you in the toon. I know for some of them it may be their very first visit to Britain and therefore this blog is focused more on British food. Here are my favourites!

1. Afternoon Tea

Let’s start with my favourite activity – afternoon tea. A perfect and traditional welcome break after exploring the city. It comes in different forms, but you are usually going to get some finger sandwiches or other savoury treats, scones with clotted cream and jam, and of course some cakes. Apart from tea, you can get coffee or even indulge in prosecco.

This lovely restaurant is located just a stone throw from Grey Street. Their afternoon tea was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and it’s definitely worth trying. Before you book a table, make sure to check Itison or Wowcher, because they usually offer a discount voucher for two people with a bottle of prosecco for around £29.

Apart from afternoon tea, the restaurant offers modern British cuisine. If you want to save some pennies, check their Lunch/Theatre menu which should be available Monday – Friday from 12:00 -19:00 and costs £13 for two courses or £15 for three courses. They also serve a variety of drinks, which taste even better if you take advantage of the 2 for £10 deal (17:00 – 19:00 Monday-Friday).

 

 

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Fancy sipping the tea while overlooking the gardens? Then head to this boutique hotel and let them spoil you with cakes which are a piece of art. This tea is more expensive, however worth every penny.

Price: £29.50 per person

 

2. Pie and Pint

Pubs are the alpha and omega of British life, and once in Britain, you should definitely visit them to enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Located on Quayside, this pub is a true gem. The atmosphere is quite laid back and welcoming, and the interior is old and rustic with a lot of low beams and small rooms. They offer great homemade pies that you can customise, from the filling to the taste of your mash and peas. On Mondays, they offer a pie and a pint for £9.95 and Wednesdays you can get two pies for £12. I particularly enjoyed the Minted Lamb Pie and the Dijon and Honey Mash.

 

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If you prefer a cosier interior, head down to the Botanist. As well as being famous for their hanging kebabs, they also serve tasty pies and other typical British dishes. Another reason to visit them is the unbeatable atmosphere, heightened by the epic dome and stunning view, overlooking the Grey’s Monument while listening to live music which is there every evening.

 

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3. Sunday Roast

Another Quayside restaurant. This steakhouse is a must when it comes to a Sunday roast. You can order classic Belly Pork, Chicken, and Beef dinner but what I highly recommend is to go for their sharing platter. You’ll get all the types of meat for £16.95/per person served with all the trimmings, seasonal veggies, Yorkshire puddings and banging gravy.

Make sure to book beforehand, it’s busy on Sundays!

 

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I love this place for its charming interior, fantastic service and fantastic cocktails as well as delicious food. This restaurant is more on the pricey end, but their Sunday menu is pretty affordable (and the Market menu as well) – 2 courses for £19 or 3 courses for £24. I love the BBQ Pickled Mackerel starter.

 

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4. All-time favourite

This restaurant located in Jesmond offers excellent service and contemporary British cuisine. It’s slightly pricier but definitely worth the experience. Food, creatively served, is mouthwatering. You can go for their five courses menu which during lunchtime costs only £19.95. On my last visit, I had the Crispy Belly Pork as a starter and was amazed by the combination of tastes and how they matched together.

 

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Having lunch while enjoying a panoramic view of the Quayside? Visit this rooftop restaurant. They have a great lunch deal and also offer Afternoon Tea.

 

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After reading this, you may think that I forget something. Something as typical for Britain as the Big Ben and you’re right. Fish & Chips is not mentioned here on purpose. Firstly, because you’re able to order it in most of the above-mentioned places and secondly because if you fancy this delicious dish, you better head down to the coastal area and try it there. It tastes so much better when you’re eating it by the sea. Check out my other post for the best F&CH restaurants in Tynemouth and Whitley Bay.

 

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