Newcastle upon Tyne Journals

The Fog on the Tyne

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to Newcastle upon Tyne by fizzytom

Latif Restaurant Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England More Photos
Quote: After over 10 years, I returned to my native Newcastle upon Tyne two years ago to find the city a very different place. This is my guide to the city, where to eat, what to do, and the sights that make it a very special place for thousands of Geordies.

The Fog on the Tyne

Overview

Quote:
Newcastle is a very sociable city and the vast area of pubs, bars, and eating establishments shows just how keen Geordies are on having a good time. You must have at least one night on the town! There are several quite different areas packed with pubs and bars and each area has its own vibe. Newcastle is also famous for its wealth of fantastic architecture from the neo-classic splendour of Grey Street to the half-timbered leaning buildings of the quayside. Make some time to really explore this eclectic city.Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: The city centre is small enough to get around on foot, but on arrival, it might be an idea to take a trip on one of the open-top bus to...Read More

Saffron

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Saffron - a taste of spice"

Saffron Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
I have always thought this place looked very nice from the outside and once I had read a little of the menu in the window, I decided I would have to try it one day. Last week-end the opportunity arose in the form of my partner's birthday. On entering the restaurant we were not disappointed. It is quite simple but stylish in a cool and contemporary way. The walls are cream, and here and there are ethnic artifacts and pieces of art. The linens are crisp and pretty in lemon, pink and pistachio. The furniture continues the modern feel with elegantly curved, tall-backed chairs.We were shown to our table by a very smartly presented waiter and given the menus to peruse. Before we had o...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2003

Saffron
The Side
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 3JE
+44 191 230 5786

Blackfriars Cafe Bar & Restaurant

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Blackfriars Cafe Bar & Restaurant"

Quote:
Blackfriars Cafe-bar has the distinction of being the UK's oldest purpose-built restaurant having started life as the refectory for the Blackfriars monks in the 13th century. The interior is understated yet stylish with pleasant nooks and crannies and some interesting pieces of art on the walls. During the day Blackfriars offers an informal cafe bar menu and in the evening it has an a la carte menu. We visited in the evening. The evening menu offers an eclectic mix of British and global dishes using quality ingredients and many items you wouldn't find in many Newcastle restaurants. The menu is clear and there is even a wine, beer or spirit recommendation beside each dish to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 11, 2003

Blackfriars Cafe Bar & Restaurant
Friar Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 4XN
(0191) 261-5945

Heartbreak Soup

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
When I left Newcastle, this place was a trendy little cafe serving mostly vegetarian food. Now it's more of a restaurant and serves a limited menu of dishes from around the world. When I say the menu is limited, please do not misunderstand. The choice is wide but at any one time there will only be a choice of aound six or seven starters, main courses and desserts and these change every few months. (Of course this warrants another visit to see what's new on the menu!) I read somewhere that the rstuarant is meant to resemble a South American cantina -- can't see it myself, but it's nice. The walls are painted in bold lively colours and there are wooden floors, tables, and chairs. The only downsid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2003

Heartbreak Soup
77 Quayside
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 2BJ
+44 191 222 1701

Bob Trollope's

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Bob Trollope's Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
Bob Trollope's is probably unique in Newcastle in that it's the only pub selling just veggie food and as such it has become very popular. While the menu does not vary, it does offer a fairly wide range of options and is able to offer more than the usual jacket potatoes or cheese sandwich. All the classics are here though -- veggie takes on lasagne, chilli (non carne!), spaghetti Bolognese, etc. My partner's particular favourite is the selection of quorn curries (balti, jalfrezi, madras, korma) served with a good portion of saffron rice anda popadom. There are light snacks -- potato wedges, fries, chilli peppers stuffed with cheese -- as well as full meals. Sadly, the salads are a bit of...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 11, 2003

Bob Trollope's
The Quayside
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Hanahana

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
Hanahana is situated on the edge of Newcastle's Chinatown area, close to the heart of the city centre. It's main focus is tep-pan yaki -- diners sit around larger hot tables where the chef cooks the food before your eyes and passes it straight to your plate. As a result of this method, the restaurant is filled with cooking fumes that stay on your clothes. For tep-pan yaki, I would recommend going in a group of at least six people. The restaurant also offers sushi and sashimi -- for this, you sit at an ordinary table towards the rear of the restaurant. Sadly, they seem to prefer to concentrate on the tep-pan yaki and are less keen to provide sushi at weekends because most of the chefs are busy at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2004

Hanahana
45 Bath Lane
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE4 5SP
+44 191 222 0282

Mojo's Restaurant

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Mojos Canarian Restaurant"

Quote:
Mojo is the typically Canarian hot, spicy sauce which is served with most main courses on the islands, and this place claims to be the only Canarian restaurant in the UK. When we arrived, we were kept standing in the draughty doorway, even though we had made a reservation and there were plent of tables free. When we were seated, we had to find the menus ourselves - stuck behind the condiments - and my partner's menu had been welded together and was unopenable. We had initially asked the waitress to come back and take the drinks order when we had looked at the menu, as that might affect our choice of drinks. She took ages to come back, so we shared a menu in the dim light available. To ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2005

Mojo's Restaurant
Westgate Road
Newcastle upon Tyne, England

El Torrero

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

El Torrero Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
Little more than a year old, El Torrero has quickly become a favourite with Newcastle diners. El Torrero is situated a stones throw from the busy quayside area but is in a class of its own. Simple decor with wooden floors and ornate lighting up in the high celing this place is friendly for bigger groups but also ideal for intimate dinners. There is a bar area at the rear where you can wait if necessary until your table is ready. The menu consists mainly of tapas dishes but there are also three types of paella available. You must either order paella in advance or be prepared to wait around 50 minutes and order a few tapas dishes while you wait. If you do this, however, be warned that the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 3, 2003

El Torrero
Milburn House The Side
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 1PR
(0191) 233-1122

Latif Restaurant

Restaurant | "Latifs"

Latif Restaurant Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
A long-standing favourite with the people of Newcastle, Latif's is open 7 days a week and serves quality Indian food at great prices. Ask to order from the "Special menu" and you can get a stater, a main course and pilau rice or a nan bread for as little as £6.50 - the choice of mains is wide, and includes mild to very hot curries and vegetarian options all the way through. The restaurant is large and can cater well for large groups but it is possible for couples to get an intimate corner too. They serve Kingfisher and Cobra and a selection of wines specially chosen to go with spicy dishes, as well as the more usual alcoholic and soft drinks. The staff are, on the whole, friendly and helpful. Look out...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 3, 2006

Latif Restaurant
1a Clarendon House
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 5EE
+44 191 230 3780

The Big Mussel

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
Since it opened a few years ago The Big Mussel has been a hit and it seems that those who like it just keep visiting again and again. However, remember that mussel season is those months with an "r" in the name so visit then to be assured of better mussels. This easygoing simply-furnished restaurant is famous for its "clock saver" from 5:30pm until 7pm, you cn buy one kilogram of cooked mussels with a crusty roll and fries for the time on the clock - go in at 5:45 and pay £5.45 and so on. After that a kilogram of mussels sets you back nearly a tenner. There are other dishes (how about lobster) and these are reasonably priced (no more than £10 for a main). try the "Six Squid lunch" half a kilo o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2006

The Big Mussel
15 The Side, The Quayside
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 3JE
0191 232 1057

Vujon

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "The Vujon"

Quote:
The Vujon is widely regarded as the best Indian restaurant in Newcastle. It should be stressed that this is fine dining and not your typical "curry house" - Newcastle has plenty of those if that is what you want but the Vujon is several grades above. This is apparent as soon as you walk through the door. It's housed in an old stately building by the quayside; it has high ceilings and a sweeping staircase next to the waiting area. You are treated well from the moment you arrive until the moment you leave. You are invited to have a drink while you look at the menu or you can usually go straight to your table if you wish. Since this is a high class restaurant you can expect to find some diffe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2006

Vujon
29 Queen Street, Quayside
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 3UG
44 191 221 0601

Pani's

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Quote:
Pani's is an authentic example of contemporary Italian dining in Newcastle. The city has an abundance of Italian eateries but Pani's is different - a bistro rather than an attempt to create a trattoria, relaxed but modern - the walls aren't decorated with suspect Italian souvenirs from the 1970s.Pani's is a family-run affair and like most Italians they love children and the family will make a fuss of families dining there. Service is swift and very friendly - the lovely waiters will be a hit with the ladies! Pani's have a day time menu Monday through Saturday between 10am and 5pm, and an evening menu served after 5pm. Some dishes are available on both menus but the evening menu has a host...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Pani's
61 High Bridge
Newcastle upon Tyne, England NE1 6BX
+44 191 232 4366

Mamma Mia's Restaurant Pizzeria

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant | "Mamma Mia"

Quote:
Just off the bustling Bigg Market, centre of Newcastle's famous nightlife, is Pudding Chare; a narrow lane packed with restaurants. Mamma Mia is one of them. Sometimes, from the outside, it's hard to tell whether it's open but if you push the door you are greeted with the pleasant aroma of home-cooked Italian food. Mamma Mia is a family run restaurant which, although the decor is dated and shabby, is a perennial favourite and always popular with the the after work crowd. It's bargain food - try between 5.30 and 7.00pm for the happy hour rates - pizza or pasta for around £3.50 - ensures that Mamma Mia is always busy. The place is a little down at heel these days, especially when you consider th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2007

Mamma Mia's Restaurant Pizzeria
46 Pudding Chare - Bigg Market
Newcastle upon Tyne
+44 191 232 7193

La Tasca

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
The restaurant is situated just behind the Quayside, not quite on the front but it has half a view of the river. Behind it is a multi-storey carpark and next door is the Malmaison Hotel. From the carpark you can enter the restaurant by the back door but there are half a dozen stairs which may cause problems for some customers. You can walk down the path at the side of the restaurant and enter by the front door if this is a problem for any of your party. The Q2, a bright yellow electric bus, runs from the city centre to the restaurant every ten minutes during the day, twenty in the evenings. The bar runs along one side of the restaurant and what a bar it is; it's huge with banks and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 12, 2008

La Tasca
106 Keelman Square
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 3DX
+44 191 230 4006

Arami

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Arami  Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
How do you like the sound of some Jimey Bum Bums Puri? Me too! But I'll have to wait till my next visit to Arami to sample that dish...Arami is the newest and, definitely the most stylish, addition to the restaurant scene in Newcastle. As it was the Curry Monster's birthday celebration it had fallen to me - Chutney Mary - to make the arrangements and I certainly made a good choice.The restaurant is situated on Leazes Park Road, in the shadow of St. James Park. It's close to two Metro stations and to Eldon Square bus station just a couple of minutes walk from the very centre of town.The exterior is stylish but simple with big picture windows and black woodwork; it is...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2008

Arami
6-10 Leazes Park Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
+44 (0)191 2220659

Attica

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Attica is an Aladdin's cave of retro treasures. The main focus is period clothing but there is aslo a great selection of (mainly) sixties and seventies glass (ashtrays, vases, etc), furniture and pictures. The shop is over two floors and everywhere you look there are items crammed in. You could argue that the shop is too small to contain so much stock but I think that it adds to the charm and the fun of coming here. On the floor under the rails are bags and boxes of accessories -- every style and colour of hat imaginable, rows of shoes -- platforms, wedges, even winklepickers, scarves, belts, and even authentic buttons. There is a superb choice of leather coats and jackets, with rack...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 11, 2003

Attica
25-27 Mosely Street
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
0191 2331396

Steel Wheels

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
There are two branches of Steel Wheels but at the time of writing the Pilgrim Street store is undergoing massive refurbishment. Steel Wheels is an independent record shop and has existed in the city for around ten years now. The emphasis is on the rock/alternative but this is not exclusive. If you're looking for someone that so far has been hard to find, these are the chaps to see. They can tell you if it's still available and if they don't have it themselves, will do what they can to help you fnd it. There is always a good selection of promo copies of new albums and singles and the range of vinyl is immense. There's even a section where, for £10.00 you can leave with as much vinyl as you can ca...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Steel Wheels
60-68 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 6SG
+44 191 261 6671

Trent House

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The Trent House"

Quote:
The Trent House Soul Bar as its known is legendary in the city. It's a small, narrow place but is over three floors. The toilets take up the third floor, but there is a pool room on the second floor. The main area is on the ground floor. The decor has seen better days but this is all part of the charm. The vibe is formica tables and plastic seats - very seventies. There are a couple of those little space invaders tables but sadly these no longer work and are just serve as an ordinary table now. The Trent sells a good variety of local and national beers, with a couple of premium lagers thrown in too. Spirits-wise there is a great selection including some types of tequila not usually s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 10, 2003

Trent House
1-2 Leazes Lane
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 4QT
+44 191 261 2154

Strawberry

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The Strawberry"

Quote:
This small pub stands next to St. James' Park, the home of Newcastle United Football Club and is the pub of choice on matchdays for many die-hard supporters. As you approach the first thing you'll see is the sign hanging down bearing the name of the pub emblazoned on the well-known black-and-white striped shirt. Inside it's a shrine to Newcastle United history with photographs, signed shirts, cartoons and all manner of other memorabilia occupying every last inch of space. The majority of items are from the last thirty years or so but there are also a few items relating to the glory days of the 1950s when Newcastle won the FA Cup several times during the heyday of it's No. 9 shirt-wearing hero, ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 25, 2003

Strawberry
7-8 Strawberry Place
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 4SF
+44 191 232 6865

Crown Posada

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "The Crown Posada"

Quote:
It would be easy to miss this pub given that it's hidden away in what is the busiest area of the city on Friday and Saturday nights. Look out for the traditional pub sign hanging overhead opposite Coco-mo's. This is the jewel in Newcastle's pub crown. The high ceilings, the stained glass, the leather booths and the original bar are all relics of a bygone age and the owners "Sir John Fitzgerald Pubs" should be proud of themselves for making sure this pub has been left the way it was meant to be! In keeping with the glorious architecture, the pub is well known for serving a selection of around a dozen cask ales, some local, some guest ales. I would complain, though, that the choice of ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 7, 2006

Crown Posada
31 The Side
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 3JE
+44 191 232 1269

Cluny

Attraction | "The Cluny"

Quote:
The Cluny is a quirky little venue housed in a former whiskey bottling plant. It is now owned by the Head of Steam group which also runs the eponymous pub in the city centre (opposite Central station). The Cluny is also a live music venue and art exhibition space (showing mostly local artists). Music is varied with the focus on indie but it also hosts many country, blues and alt-country events put on by the Jumpin' Hot Club. Recent shows here have included the Lemonheads, Howe Gelb and Patty Hurst Shifter. The Cluny is known for good beers and serves several cask ales including Wylam, Mordues and Caledonian. This is also the place to come for the more exotic bottled beers and there is always something...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 8, 2006

Cluny
36 Lime Street
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England NE1 2PQ
+44 191 230 4474

Around the Monument

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
Earl Grey's Monument as it is properly named, stands in a small plaza at the convergence of several of Newcastle's principle streets. Especially at weekends, it is teeming with people of all ages because it's central and, largely traffic-free, location make it an ideal spot for a meeting point. The Monument is a rather less grand version of Nelson's Column in London and was erected in 1838 in honour of Earl Grey's efforts with the Reform Bill. The steps around the Monument offer a place to sit down and people watch but beware -- the local drunks also like to take the weight off their feet here and at weekends there are often placard-waving people of various religious persuasions delivering th...Read More

Around the Central Station - to the West

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Newcastle Central Station Photo, Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Quote:
Whilst this part of town is certainly not the most happening or, indeed, the most attrative, things are improving here and there are a number of interesting things to see. I'll talk about the station at the end because I'll assume you'll start this mini-tour in front of the station with your back to it. If you've just got off a train, you might fancy a bite to eat or a drink and there's a good choice round here. Directly opposite you is O'Neill's, an Irish-style chain pub which offer average bar food - a little over-priced but OK. Just slightly to the left is Gotham Town - you'll see some huge vampire bats on the wall outside. Contrary to what you'd think, this pub isn't full of white-f...Read More

Chinatown & Blackfriars

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
From the Monument, head up Blackett Street towards St. James Park, over the roundabout and continue up Gallowgate. At the top turn left back on yourself and you'll see Rosies Bar. Turn right here and this is Stowell Street, the heart of Chinatown. Somewhat smaller and less hectic than such areas in Manchester or Liverpool, the area is home to many Chinese businesses such as restuarants, supermarkets and herballists. There are some great restuarants here and some average ones. "Mangoes" is renowned for serving possibly the best dim sun in the city while "Lau's Buffet King" has a good self-service selection at reasonable prices. The Chinese supermarket opposite Lau's sells everything f...Read More