Our Favourite Restaurants in Newcastle with a View
As the most heavily populated city in the northeast, Newcastle is a major UK city with a lot to offer, particularly when it comes to the views. Indeed, there's something unmistakable about Newcastle city centre, with its steep streets and the combination of classic and contemporary architecture lending it a unique atmosphere that's halfway between industrial chic and old-world charm.
From the Millennium and Tyne Bridges and the Sage on the Quayside to the iconic Angel of the North, there are plenty of unique sights to enjoy in 'the Toon' so it stands to reason that you might want to appreciate them whilst enjoying a decent meal. Thankfully, the unique geography of the city means there are a number of restaurants that allow diners to take in some truly spectacular views whilst experiencing some of the best food that both Newcastle and Gateshead have to offer.
| 15 Upper Level, Greys Quarter, Intu Eldon Square, NE1 7AP
A chain of Thai restaurants with an enviable pedigree, Chaophraya specialises in a range of both speciality and traditional dishes with an enviably eclectic menu. If you like Thai food, chances are you'll like Chaophraya. Located on the upper level of the Intu Eldon Square shopping centre, what really sets the Newcastle Chaophraya apart as a spectacular date night destination, however, is the glorious views of Grey's Monument that can be enjoyed from the venues stunning covered rooftop terrace. The relaxed, contemporary atmosphere and reasonable prices just seal the deal.
| Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE3 3BA
Situated on the top floor of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, this is a very special restaurant indeed with a truly exceptional, one-of-a-kind view of the Tyne. The food is modern, British cuisine with an eye for the seasonal and local, but whilst the food is glorious (the “Taste of Six” tasting menu particularly is truly something to behold), it's the views that draw the punters in. As it's located in an art gallery, it's obviously a perfect location for an artistic date or an evening of sophistication and culture.
House of Tides
| 28-30 Close, NE1 3RF
This is a restaurant that's beautiful inside and out. Spread out over three floors on the shores of the river, the House of Tides is a family run establishment and holds the rare honour of being Newcastle's only Michelin Star restaurant. Given the prestige of the restaurant, the food is obviously of a higher class, with a strong emphasis on seasonal and sustainable produce. The venue itself is equally special, with the restaurant set in a recently restored Grade 1 listed 16th Century former merchant's townhouse. A foodie's paradise in the Quayside and the top floor offers some truly romantic views.
Jesmond Dene House
| Jesmond Dene Road, NE2 2EY
Jesmond Dene House is an independently owned luxury hotel located just a 10-15 minute drive outside Newcastle city centre. The sheer size of the venue allows for a number of dining options. From all-day dining to more ambitious a la carte dining, Jesmond Dene can offer both casual and formal dining, but both stick to the script when it comes to keeping it simple, honest and locally sourced with plenty of attention to detail. As for the view; whereas most of the other restaurants on this list might boast stunning city views, Jesmond Dene House is all about expansive country vistas. You might not have thought that such a slice of countryside perfection could exist this close to such a major city, but you'd be mistaken.
| Monument Mall, NE1 7AL
A bar and restaurant chain that has been making major waves in recent years, The Botanist is all about the cocktails. As the name suggests, the creations you'll find here are all completely unique and almost shamelessly extravagant. Located in the shadow of Grey's Monument on Monument Mall, The Botanist Newcastle offers live music, cocktail masterclasses and an extensive and varied menu (including various vegan, dairy free and gluten free options). This makes The Botanist a favourite amongst young hipsters, but the glorious views of Grey's Monument will appeal to drinkers and diners of any predilection.
From fine dining with a view of the classic Quayside to high flying artistic panoramic scenes that expose the sheer beauty of the river Tyne, there is truly something fit for all tastes in the toon if you're willing to look. Granted you'll probably be paying for that view, but what's a few extra quid when you get to enjoy a meal with such a singular and iconic backdrop?BUY A GIFT CARD