New to Newcastle & the North East in 2021

Good things are on their way…even if we don’t quite yet know when exactly that will be. One of my favourite things to say to Kieran or the girls in normal times is ‘have you seen that new bar in town?’ – a phrase that is usually immediately followed up with plans. I might not be able to do that just yet but there are quite a few things coming new to Newcastle for 2021, and across the North East this year. 

These are the ones I’m most excited about, and the list covers all sorts including bars, restaurants, cafes, even glamping huts. It’s a total mix and I will continue to add to this list if anything else pops up new to Newcastle through 2021.

Above Bar

The Vermont rooftop has always been a great spot for views over Newcastle, and it’s been transformed to Above, the new rooftop bar with both indoor lounge bar space and an open air outside terrace. 

It looks fabulous and of course the view is the perfect backdrop. In addition to being a bar it looks like it will also be a function space for corporate events, a rooftop cinema and a wedding venue. I cant wait to visit.

Innside Melia Newcastle

The Innside Melia Newcastle hotel is the contemporary new hotel on the quayside, with modern rooms, some with balconies and river views, a gym, and a full range of services.

I’ve been invited to stay when we can and I’m really looking forward to it, the rooms look a bit different and it’s in a great spot to enjoy some of my favourite bars and restaurants in Newcastle.

If you live in Newcastle don’t think this place doesn’t apply to you, I love a hotel stay even in my own city as it just makes so much more of a day or night out in town, especially for an occasion. 

Crescendo Rooftop

This place was shared all over instagram just two days ago, and I’ve already had the tags from the girls bookmarking it as a spot we will be visiting this summer once we are released. Located on the rooftop between Livello and The Vermont, this urban roof terrace has the look of the sort of place you go for one or two and end up staying all afternoon.

You can access it from Livello courtyard, and it has multiple levels of seating and space. I can very much see myself on it with a vanilla espresso martini in hand. God what I’d give for that right now. Fingers crossed for spring/summer 2021.

Hard Rock Cafe Newcastle

I’m always less enthusiastic about chain restaurants like this but I’m sure it will be a big hit for some, and it’s in a good spot on the quayside in the Guildhall building. I think its the perfect location for a place like that, not too far from other chains like Slug & Lettuce, and an easy choice for tourists.

Khai Khai Indian Restaurant

This place is getting amazing reviews from people I follow who have tried their takeaways, while they’re still unable to open properly. The food is apparently all made with an open fire oven and ‘smoke play’, which gives it a unique traditional flavour. 

When it comes to Indian food I much prefer to sit in, so I will be visiting when we can to get the proper experience. Khai Khai is located on Queen Street on the quayside.

Sushi Me Rollin’

The fabulous sushi spot at Stack are expanding, now with a coming soon location in my very own hometown of Whitley Bay. The sushi is amazing, and I really like how in normal times you can just have a chat with them and tell them what you like rather than always sticking to the menu.

I’ve had a couple of takeaways during the past year to get my fix while we can’t visit in person, so I hope they’ll also be offering takeaway from the Whitley Bay venue. They haven’t said specifically when they are opening, but it looks like it will be in a few months. Very excited about this one.

Hesleyside Huts Skylark

I’ve not yet stayed at Hesleyside Huts as they’re always fully booked – but I’m really hoping I manage to secure a date for the new addition to their glamping huts – the treehouse called Skylark.

It just looks incredible, with two bedrooms and an outdoor bath. I bet demand is enormous along with their other glamping options which look just as good. 

Snow Leopards at Northumberland Zoo

They may have technically arrived in 2020, but not until December so not many of us managed to see them before the January lockdown hit. When you can though, I couldn’t recommend going to see them at Northumberland Zoo more. We had such a good day out and they were absolutely beautiful.

Read my full blog post on the experience here.

Finally for now I want to mention two cafes, both of which opened in Autumn but barely got chance to trade before the November lockdown. Fork in the Rose is the cafe and florist found on Heaton Road, and Dil & the Bear’s opened their new location in Whitley Bay metro station complete with outside terrace. 

I was lucky enough to squeeze in visits and I have only good things to say about both. Well worth visiting and supporting them when hospitality reopens.

I can’t wait to see what else ends up being new to Newcastle for 2021, and like I said I will keep adding them here as I see them. For now though I’m counting down the days until they all open and I can book myself in.

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