Bars & Restaurants you can't miss this semester

If you're looking to make the most of Newcastle's food and drink scene, here are some of the top spots to visit.

Abi Ogden
21st February 2024
Image credit: Pixabay, Josetxu
Newcastle prides itself on being a food and drink hotspot, so here is a list of the best places to eat this semester, including a selection of bars to offer a different drinking experience than the comfort of Osborne Road.

The Exchange

Newcastle’s hidden gem – literally hidden behind the door of a telephone box. This quirky speakeasy style cocktail bar is perfect for a more sophisticated night of drinking. Each table is equipped with a phone which enables guests to call other tables, a really unique aspect which helps make an inclusive friendly atmosphere. Their student friendly happy hour offers £6 cocktails and the extensive menu boasts everything from traditional martinis to their own creations, such as speed dial, my personal favourite. As well as drinks, The Exchange also offers an American style food menu, including tacos, burgers and waffles for when the cocktail drinking works up an appetite.

No.28

This secret bar above Grainger Market is celebrated for its bottomless prosecco and boozy afternoon teas. It stands out for its beautiful décor and unique location which, combined with the regular occurrence of live music, makes this bar an unforgettable visit. The lively nature of this bar makes it the perfect place when you’re looking for a fun night that will get you dancing. No.28 has also served as the venue for a boozy brushes event which offers the opportunity to get creative accompanied by your favourite cocktails, a wholesome activity to give you a break from your assignments.

It stands out for its beautiful décor and unique location which, combined with the regular occurrence of live music, makes this bar an unforgettable visit.

Pizzeria Francesca

A must-visit for Italian lovers. Their iconic £14.50 half pizza half pasta dish is the perfect choice for when you’re stuck between two items on the menu. For all of the pasta dishes, the choice of fusilli, penne, spaghetti or tagliatelle is offered as well as the option of gluten free pasta to make their dishes more coeliac friendly. Situated on Manor House Road in Jesmond, Pizzeria Francesca is the perfect place for an authentic Italian experience and is unmatched for fellow carb lovers!

Earl of Pitt Street

Nothing beats a wholesome Sunday roast, especially during these colder months, which is why the Earl of Pitt Street is a must visit this semester. Their ‘slow cooked Sundays’ are perfect for anyone craving a weekend pick me up, with a selection of meats and incredible crispy garlic roast potatoes. The portion sizes of their mains are extremely generous, but they also offer a selection of delicious starters and deserts, as well as sides, including pigs in blankets, an all-time favourite. A good roast can always be judged by the size of the Yorkshire pudding, and this one certainly passes the test.

A good roast can always be judged by the size of the Yorkshire pudding, and this one certainly passes the test.

Fat Hippo

A personal all-time favourite. Fat Hippo, despite now having branches all around the UK, began its journey in Jesmond and offers unbeatable comfort food. There is now a restaurant in both Jesmond and in Newcastle city centre, leaving no excuse for you not to try their renowned burgers. Their menu also includes four vegan burgers, which I can personally vouch are the best in Newcastle. The success of a restaurant is always largely attributed to its atmosphere, and the staff at Fat Hippo are incredible at creating a friendly space for food lovers.

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