Gateshead Journals

Gateshead - No Longer the Poor Relation?

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A travel journal to Gateshead by fizzytom

Angel of the North Photo, Gateshead, England More Photos
Quote: Always the poor relation across the river in the shadow of Newcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead is pulling off some major coups and finally putting itself on the map.

The Last Days of Raj

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Restaurant | "Last Day of Pompeii Might be More Jolly"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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Not to be confused with the nearby "Last Days of the Mogul Raj" (or indeed the Last Days of the Raj across the water in Newcastle), the restaurant is on a mainly residential street in Gateshead’s well-heeled suburb, Low Fell. There’s an alright-ish pub next door if you fancy a pre-dinner drink, but the restaurant does have a very comfortable bar/lounge where you’ll invariably be seated with the menu before going to your table. There’s private car parking space at the rear of the restaurant though it may be necessary to park on a side street at the busiest times. The exterior of the restaurant is a little odd; it looks to me like it could once have been an old peoples’ home because it is an...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 5, 2011

The Last Days of Raj
168 Kells Lane, Low Fell
Gateshead, England
0191-482 6494

Gateshead - no longer the poor relation?

Overview

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The regeneration of Gateshead's quayside has seen the conversion of several former industrial sites, beginning with the BAltic Centre for Contemporary Art and construction of the Sage Centre for Music is now well underway. A great place to while away a few hours on a sunny afternoon.

Quick Tips:

The Gateshead quays still lack a decent number of eating places, so it's best to pick one of the more plentiful Newcastle quayside eateries.

Best Way To Get Around:

Gateshead is served well by public transport, but it's just as easy to use the Millennium Bridge (known to locals as the "Blinking Eye") and stroll over from Newcastle.

The Ravensworth Arms

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Hotel

Latif's Indian Restaurant - an understated delight Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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The Ravensworth Arms is a traditional pub/bed-and-breakfast with a locally reputed restaurant attached. It was at one time a coaching inn. These days it has six bedrooms in the main building and a couple more in purpose built buildings next to the pub.For the reasonable sum of £50 a night we bagged a double room with en suite bathroom. The room was clean and comfortable with a luxurious double bed. Furnishings were simple and tasteful. The bathroom looked newly done and was pristine.The only drawback is that it seems the owners live above the rooms in the main building and their every move can be heard in your room. Also, the creaky floorboards moan and groan every time anyone ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2007

The Jamdani

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Restaurant

The Jamdani Photo, Gateshead, England
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The Jamdani is a very small but comfortable restaurant which also offers a very popular take-away service. The restaurant's decor is typical British curry house style although I found it just a bit too dark in there. The Jamdani offers the standard choices available in most restaurants of this kind - dupiaza, jafrezi, korma, ceylon, madras, bhuna, etc with chicken, prawn, vegetable, lamb. There are a couple of specials available too but I would whole-heartedly recommend the king prawn bhuna. Just the right kick! What is different about the Jamdani is this - vegetarians have the option of the same curries as meat eaters but can substitute the meat or fish for chunks of quorn - to me this seems ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2003

The Jamdani
Front Street
Gateshead, England

Chiquito's Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Chiquito's"

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Chiquito's is a chain of Mexican-style restaurants usually situated in shopping centres and cinema complexes. We've been several times and although the food has been delicious, the menu is farily limited and, in our experience, the service poor. The restaurant is pretty large and the tables aren't crammed in together as is often the case. There is a bar area as you enter and a great selection of cocktails as well as beers and wines. The decor is fairly typical psuedo-Mexican, saloon doors and terracotta walls but pleanst nonetheless. Starters include the usual nachos in various forms, stuffed jalapeno peppers, and salads. Main courses offer chicken, beef and vegetarian options for fa...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 2, 2003

Chiquito's Mexican Restaurant
The Metrocentre
Gateshead, England

Chutneys Indian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Chutneys"

Chutneys Indian Restaurant Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
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Chutneys opened about 18 months ago and has firmly established itself in the small town of Whickham. It is housed in a small building tucked away behind the front street and you wouldn't ever stumble across it, rather you would have to know it exists. You walk straight into the main dining area and in winter we were annoyed to find the doors propped open (and tables right beside the door) with a heater trying hard to compensate. We had to wait almost five minutes before someone acknowledged us and that was only because we had to actually interrupt the bar staff to get attention. Our table wasn't ready and we were asked to wait but the small waiting area had no seats left s...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

Chutneys Indian Restaurant
Ilfracombe House, Back Row, Whickham
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE16 4AB
44 191 488 8303

Casa Carbone

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Restaurant

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Casa Carbone is the sort of place to go with friends. That way you just enjoy the company and don't notice just how dated the place is, not just in style and decor but in the dull 1970s type menu. Maybe Whickham people like that - a kind of trapped in a past decade retro feel with egg mayonnaise and melon to start and black forest gateau for dessert! Personally I can live without it but the place is always busy so maybe some people do. The restaurant offers a limited choice of pizzas and pasta dishes along with a few other Italian influenced main course - usually a chicken dish and another meat dish at least. Vegetarians are not really well catered for - just one obligat...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

Casa Carbone
34-36 Front Street
Whickham, Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE16 4DT
0191 496 0066

Ravensworth Arms

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Restaurant | "The Ravensworth Arms"

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This popular restaurant is part of the Ravensworth Arms hotel and public house, a picturesque and historic establishment close to the town of Gateshead and the huge Metrocentre shopping complex. The restaurant is much more than a pub eatery, with a wide ranging menu and plenty of daily specials; what you will notice is the use of seasonal produce and some interesting traditional dishes with a twist.It was particularly pleasing to see a good number of fish and seafood dishes on the menu as well as veggie dishes which were more than mere veggie versions of meat dishes.We started with the crayfish cocktail (£4.95) and the smoked salmon fishcake on a bed of spinach topped with a po...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 22, 2007

Ravensworth Arms
Main Road, Lamesley
Gateshead NE11 0ER
+44 191 4876023

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Photo, Gateshead, England
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Baltic (Not THE Baltic) is an exciting new exhibition space in the regenerated quayside area and is just one of a number of conversions of former industrial buildings. The space is immense - five floors with glass elevators positioned to look over the famous Tyne bridges and the Newcastle city skyline. There's also an external viewing platform with a view to take your breath away. The Centre doesn't have its own permanent collection but features occasional traveling exhibits and regular commissioned works by local and international artists. Baltic isn't a gallery, it's a space for displaying art. For the building alone it's worth a visit. Because there's not a permanent collection, you...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road
Gateshead, England NE8 3BA
+44 (0)191 478 1810

Angel of the North

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Attraction | "The Angel of the North"

Angel of the North Photo, Gateshead, England
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Impossible to miss as you approach Gateshead/Newcastle from the south by rail or car, the Angel of the North has caused no end of controversy since it first loomed over the A1 a couple of years ago. The Geordies' answer to the statue of Christ in Rio de Janeiro has been the subject of fierce debate. The locals either love it or hate it, but it has become one the most recognisable symbols of the region. Designed by artist Anthony Gormley, the statue stands at 20metres(65 feet) tall and it's wings span 54 metres (175 feet). It's taller than 4 double decker buses. It's constructed from special weatherproof steel, which contains copper, and it's this that gives it its lovely warm bronzy glow. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 19, 2003

Angel of the North
Durham Road Low Eighton
Gateshead, England NE9 6AA
+44 191 477 3478

Saltwell Park

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Attraction

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Saltwell Park is a haven of peace and greenery just outside Gateshead town centre. Known as the "Peoples Park", it was opened in 1876 and is a fine example of an urban Victorian park. The thing I love about Saltwell Park is that however busy the place is, you can always find your own little oasis of calm. The park contains 11 listed buildings and monuments including the Gothic residence "Saltwell Towers". Until quite recently, the house, which had formerly been the home of JA Shipley -- founder of the nearby Shipley Art GAllery (see other journals), had been allowed to fall into major disrepair and become little more than a shell. Now there is major work going on the restore the quirky turreted...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2003

Saltwell Park
Off Durham Road / Off Saltwell Road
Gateshead, England
+44 (191) 433 3445

The Sage Gateshead

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Attraction

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The Sage Gateshead is a fantastic new music centre and the jewel in the crown of the regenerated Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside area in the city centre. It was built at a cost of £70 million and designed by the prestigious Foster and Partners group of architects. Fittingly for a music venue, the building looks like a huge curved glass shell - the sort of space that would be perfect for echoing sound. It has amazing views o the city centre of Newcastle, the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge, known as the Blinking Eye from its long walkways. There are two main concert spaces - one huge hall and one smaller one - both has excellent acoustics and are the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 9, 2006

The Sage Gateshead
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays
Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 2JR
+44 (191) 443 4661

The Town Centre

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What a let down! Gateshead town centre is a stark contrast to Newcastle over the river and also in relation to the newly regenerated Gateshead Quays area where a mini cultural village is being created. The main town in the borough of Gateshead is overshadowed and outclassed not only by Newcastle across the water but by smaller towns and villages within its own borough. The city's most famous and striking feature is a grim concrete testament to 1960s architecture. This multi-storey carpark was featured in the classic "Get Carter" starring Michael Caine and has of late been the subject of much debate. Those who hate it and want it knocked down, against film lovers who think it a travesty to touch ...Read More

The Metrocentre

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Story/Tip

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Once the largest out-of-town indoor shopping ventre in Europe, the first phase of the Metrocentre was built in the mid 1980s on reclaimed land on the south banks of the Tyne, a couple of miles west of Gateshead. Since then, the centre has expanded further and continues to grow. The main building consist of a series of malls linked by central "town squares" which are often used for childrens' entertainment, musical performances, and fashion shows. All the high street chains are represented and there are also small "villages" with independent shops. The "Antiques Village" is just one -- when the centre first opened it was crammed with tiny antique shops, but sadly there are only a few left now. Th...Read More