The rate of new restaurants openings in Newcastle has slowed slightly compared to last year, but there’s still plenty to keep the keen diner busy. I’ll try and keep a note of all of the new restaurants opening in Newcastle in 2016 here, as a bit of a ‘to-do’ list.
JANUARY – APRIL
Sambuca Benbenuto, Quayside
Ever-popular and ridiculously cheap Italian chain finally has a go at a central Newcastle restaurant.
Turtle Bay, Newgate Street
Caribbean-styled chain opens in the old Co-op building to great fanfare, and BOGOF cocktails.
Wylam Brewery, Exhibition Park
Astonishing venue for the Wylam boys to sell ridiculous amounts of their ace beer. A truly world class beer venue.
Nadon Thai, Moseley Street
Looks-authentic Thai restaurant with roots in Morpeth.
Al Buco, Old Eldon Square [CLOSED]
Italian cafe selling authentic Italian quality “fast food”.
Part of the Metrocentre Qube Extension into the yellow mall – chains galore.
Cabana, Newgate Street [CLOSED]
Or, Turtle Bay part 2 – Brazillian-themed chain grill restaurant.
Cal’s Own, Jesmond
The best pizza in all of Newcastle is now in Jesmond not Heaton.
Dala Cafe, Quayside
Taking on a key Greggs stronghold isn’t usually a wise move but the Big Gs new Quayside neighbours are bringing something new to the table with a Scandinavia twist on a cafe.
Thai House Cafe, Clayton Street
Hidden Thai restaurant/cafe from real Thai people in a location which never usually holds tenants for very long. Update: it’s awesome!
MAY – AUGUST
Dicksons, Grainger Street (May)
NE chain of Greggs competitors returns to NE1 in prime position on Grainger St. Appear to have upped their game!
The Split Chimp, Forth Street (May)
Newcastle’s smallest micro pub moves into new large home, former site of the now closed The Sausage Emporium.
Supernatural Cafe, Grainger Street (May)
Spin-off cafe from one of the only vegan/veggie restaurants in town.
Yo! Sushi, Grainger Street (May)
Relocated new swanky unit after being ousted as part of the Fenwick food hall revamp.
Popular burger joint, and the South American-themed chain. Because one each of these in Newcastle just wasn’t enough.
El Toro Steakhouse, Marlborough Crescent (May)
“Steakhouse” might be a stretch, but it has branches in Leeds and beyond and seems cheap enough.
Harissa, Starbeck Avenue (May)
Healthy Mediterranean takeaway food with a restaurant from the guys that bring you Food Nation.
Violets Cafe, The Side (June)
Tea and cakes by Mrs. Kenny Atkinson in prime Quayside location. An afternoon tea for £25 shows they mean business.
Riley’s Fish Shack, Quayside Seaside (June)
Hot location for Tynemouth pop-up – fish wraps and grilled seafood by the Tyne.
Laneway Coffee, High Bridge (July)
Independent coffee shop enters always-trendy High Bridge Street. Looks to be doing well, with both great coffee and sandwiches.
The Jolly Fisherman, Quayside (August) [CLOSED]
Popular fish restaurant tries opening up in doomed Newcastle site after much acclaim in Northumberland. Opened August 11th. Closed not long after.
ZaapThai, Newgate St. (August)
Thai-themed restaurant with roots in Yorkshire joins awfully similar chains in the old Coop building.
The Bake, Clayton Street West (Summer 2016)
Another branch of the popular lebanese restaurant moves into the strangest spot above a shisha bar.
SEP – DEC
Al Volo, Gallowgate (September) [CLOSED]
“Italian fast/street food” in an old site on Gallowgate. Talks the talk, but yet to see if it’ll walk the walk.
Rub Smokehouse, The Gate (October 18th) [CLOSED]
New small chain BBQ place – just what Newcastle needs! – moves into the Gate at the old site of Ask Italian selling ridiculously sized portions of MEATS.
Flat Caps Coffee, Carliol Square (November)
Successfully crowdfunded second (and presumably infinitely better location for the popular coffee spot where Bunker Coffee was once housed. Presently pushing limits and testing late night opening.
La Yuan, Gallowgate (November)
Next door to Alsham – these restaurants change names and owners faster than I can keep up. This one is “authentically Chinese” – we’ll see.
Ury Easy Bites & Parlour, Queen Street (November)
An extension/expansion of Ury/formerly Rasa with a bit of a takeaway/casual dining feel. Some traditional food, but also, corned beef sandwiches. Hmm.
Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker (November)
Local brewers open a bar/tap/sell as much of our beer as we possibly can joint in a Wylam-like move. Looks great, mind.
The Continental, Collingwood Street (November)
Another bar and restaurant from the guys that bring you El Torero and El Coto, in the former home of Two Fifths.
Box Social Microbrewery/pub, The Arches (December 2)
Popular up and coming brewery based in Newburn are opening a micro-pub in the original Split Chimp site. Should be interesting!
Barrio Comida, Quayside (Dec 5th)
Awesome taco based pop-up from Shaun Hurrel of Flat White Kitchen, St. Mary’s and others moving into a permanent location. Should be great and we’ll definitely be there soon after opening .
Central Oven & Shaker, Central Station (December 8th)
Latest on-trend thing to open from Ladhar Leisure is a pizza and cocktails place, next door to the new Hilton.
Eldon Square Refurbishment (Grey’s Quarter), (Winter 2016): Bella Italia / Chaophraya / Chatime / Chiquito / Crepeaffaire / Ed’s Easy Diner (gone into administration) / Frankie & Benny’s / George’s Great British Kitchen / Giraffe / Handmade Burger Co. / PizzaStorm / Smashburger / Tapas Revolution / TGI Friday’s / The Alchemist / Tortilla
Reds True BBQ, Nelson Street (November 21st)
MOD Pizza, Metrocentre (November 10)
Small chain of pizza restaurants offering unlimited toppings (?) which looks kinda interesting – intu Metrocentre yellow mall.
Hadrian’s Tipi, Central Station (November)
Not technically a restaurant but it’ll make a big splash – outside/inside cocktail bar concept from the Tokyo guys plonked in prime position right outside of Central Station.
Dobson & Parnell, Queen Street (December)
Third outlet from Mr. Blackfriars, Andy Hook. In the original space of Café 21 from back in the day so it has big boots to fill but will no doubt be a success.
The Brownie Bar Cafe, Heaton (December 1st)
Another branch for the successful delicious brownie peddlers in Heaton where they will no doubt satisfy many, many student munchies.
La Lanterne Rouge, Carliol Square (December)
Belgian beer pop-up from the Free Trade guys in Flat Cap Coffee’s new joint. Really unique and quite interesting, but not around for long.
Hinnies, Whitley Bay (Feb). Laid-back version mini of Blackfriars from the same team, but on the coast. Looks good!
The Brandling, Jesmond (February). Big pub refurb in residential Jesmond. Has already closed its kitchen and is up for sale.
The Fat Hippo, Durham (April). Yep, another Fat Hippo. Durham students will go madferit.
Monsieur Crepe Cafe, High Heaton (End 2016?). Omnipresent street food outlet are opening a real deal cafe which will be popular with students.
As we come to the end of the year, a few of these have slipped into next year, so check out my regularly updated list of new restaurants in Newcastle in 2017.
Any I’ve missed? Is your swanky new restaurant not on here? Let me know, and I’ll see about getting it added.