Skip the bars on Osborne Road (mostly awful), instead go for a long walk through Jesmond Dene, and get some scran from one of Jesmond’s diverse and ever-growing in number restaurants and cafes. Jesmond isn’t historically a great place to eat, but there’s some fantastic restaurants have been popping up in the last few years.

Perhaps even moreso than Heaton, it’s Newcastle’s studentsville, and there’s plenty of places to accommodate them – late lunch at The Fat Hippo is a student rite of passage, and Nudo Sushi Box gets the fitfam through a hangover. But there’s also two of the best restaurants in the region which couldn’t be further apart – the best pizza in Newcastle from Cal’s Own, and high-end dining at Jesmond Dene House.

So if you’re looking for places to eat in Jesmond, or the best takeout restaurants, take a look at these.

Burgers At Jam Jar, Jesmond

Burgers at Jam Jar, Jesmond

  • May 14, 2014

You can see the thinking behind burger night at Jam Jar – 2 burgers & fries for £14 guarantees that every Tuesday night, the place is going to be rammed – yes, with students. Osborne Road, though it continually tries, has never been the epicentre of Newcastle’s culinary scene – is this new bar with tables any different?

Fisherman’s Lodge Afternoon Tea

  • July 2, 2012

**UPDATE – Fisherman’s Lodge closed not long after and has not reopened**

Oh dear…

We are big advocates for the abandonment of Tripadvisor – in fact that’s why we started Newcastle Eats in the first place. If more people would look up some decent reviews of a place before going, rather than a quick browse on TA, we’d be happy. But sometimes you can’t ignore it – especially with classic management replies like this:

“your ingratitude…demonstrates typical bad manners of some people in this region”.

“your(sic) obviously another Egon Ronay – which seeing as he has gone is good to hear”

“we could not put (fish) on the menu for anything less than £30-£40 a dish”.

“i was told (my car) would be clamped…the manager threatened to set his german shepard(sic) on me”.

Review of Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Jesmond

  • February 1, 2012

Newcastle’s Finest?

We stayed at Newcastle’s premiere hotel last week (NE2 2EY), and prior to crashing out in one of the gorgeous rooms (about the prettiest we’ve seen), we had to indulge in the city’s highest scoring restaurant in this year’s Good Food Guide.

Of course the old grade II mansion’s surroundings are undeniably beautiful, and upon arrival there is a lovely lounge to have a pre-meal drink in (sit by the fireplace). Drinks come with nibbles of marinated olives, pickled garlic, Tyrell’s crisps, and cornichons. We are always so appreciative of things like this – it doesn’t cost the restaurant a lot but is such a nice touch that helps set apart the good from the great.

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Review of David Kennedy’s Food Social

  • November 7, 2011

Since becoming “David Kennedy’s Food Social”, the former Black Door Brasserie (NE2 1AN) has shifted focus from fine dining to a simpler notion of “beautiful, locally-sourced food presented to it’s best advantage”. To further cement this notion, some daily specials are available, such as a £9.95 Tuesday steak night and a vegetarian special on Wednesdays. We headed along on a Friday night to try out the “two fish and chips and a bottle of wine for £20” deal. Since the change…