I am SO happy that NE1 Restaurant Week is returning for 2022 again! Pre pandemic it was always a really enjoyable week in both January and August and a great way to try new restaurants without spending a fortune, going to favourites at a bargain price or just a good excuse to get together with people for a meal out. I love browsing through the restaurants taking part and their menus, before choosing a few to book.
In the past when I’ve shared blogs on Newcastle restaurant week (which seems like a lifetime ago!) I’ve gone through each restaurant, but nowadays I have my favourites, and I’m not going to sway from them – with one exception. This year I think they could all do with the support, so I’d encourage people to go to ones they really like as well as trying new ones.
So here’s my top 10 picks of Newcastle restaurants taking part in NE1 Restaurant Week 2022.
Ginos restaurant on the quayside as part of the new Melia Hotel was a great new addition to Newcastle last year. When I’m asked about it the first thing I say is how big the menu is. There is sooooo much choice for every course, and there’s bound to be something even the fussiest eaters will like! It’s all really good quality food as well.
I’ve had seafood pasta, risotto and king prawns in the past and never had a bad experience, they’ve been stand out meals. The bar is great too for a pre or after dinner drink. Highly recommend.
Cote was where we went to on the last restaurant week back in January 2020 before it stopped, and it’s another really lovely restaurant. I think due to its location it’s easy to forget it’s there but it’s very much worth a visit, The french onion soup is the best I’ve had outside of France, but the full menu is great. Also a big fan of the steak frites!
Disclaimer: I’ve recently worked with Cote on their champagne brunch offering, but have also visited twice over Christmas as a paying customer so it’s a genuine recommendation.
My favourite tapas place in Newcastle, the food at Kaltur is just so good, and again as close to being in Mallorca as I’ve had. It’s easy to get carried away with the tapas selection, and it’s really filling. Think this will be a popular one and the venues are quite small so book quick if you fancy it. They have some lovely wines on offer too if you ask the waiters for recommendations.
Another great addition to Newcastle and in a fabulous spot on the corner of Grey Street opposite the Theatre Royal. The restaurant is beautiful and the food is great, I’ve been three or four times since they opened. I’m also a big fan of their sangria and the bar area. A good one for a group night out and don’t let the fact that it is a chain put you off.
This is somewhere I’ve been to for the first time recently, and I’ve only had drinks in the fabulous cocktail bar. My parents have been for food and said it was really nice, so we’ve booked for an occasion later in the year. The mains on their restaurant week menu sound lovely, and again it’s a good one to make a night of it with drinks before or after.
Quite possibly my favourite restaurant in Newcastle, the sushi and the skewers are just tremendous. They expanded into the next door space too so there are more tables available now, but they book up so far in advance. The restaurant week menu doesn’t look to have too much sushi on it, but the rest of the menu is very good too.
Often voted as Newcastle’s best restaurant, 21 is an excellent restaurant but sadly the promotion for NE1 Restaurant week only covers lunchtime sittings, or I’d have booked this. The menu sounds delicious, and would be a great choice for an occasion or a posh lunch at a more affordable price if you can get there through the day midweek.
Dobson & Parnell
I think I’ve visited Dobson & Parnell as part of every previous restaurant week, and each time I say I don’t know why we don’t visit more often. On the quayside on Queen Street I really like it here, and because it’s one of the more expensive ones usually it’s a good one to try while the restaurant week offer is available. The cocktails are good, the food is quite small portions but you do leave feeling full especially if you go for three courses, and it’s lovely inside.
I’m including Pizza Punks because although it’s a pizza place I really like it here, they have some unusual pizza combinations, different cocktails and it’s a good atmosphere in the restaurant.
The restaurant week menu and offer hasn’t yet been shared but when it is it will be updated here.
This is my exception as somewhere I’ve not managed to visit yet, as it’s always fully booked every time I try! Times for restaurant weeks are limited already, and it always gets really good reviews so I’m expecting good things and looking forward to trying it.
These are my ten picks for NE1 Restaurant week, but you can find all restaurants taking part and their menus here. Many of them are booked up already, so don’t leave it too late to get your plans in place. I hope it’s a successful one for all Newcastle restaurants, especially after being hit so hard over the last couple of years. I think it’s a shame Geisha isn’t on there, as I really enjoyed my visit there, but they may be in NE2. It’s worth keeping an eye on any restaurant you like that isn’t taking part, as they often do their own offers during the same week anyway.
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