Newcastle

PUBS

The Cumberland Arms, James Place St, Ouseburn, Byker, NE6 1LD. Described by James May (in the programme with Oz Clarke) as ‘one of the best pubs I have ever been in.’ Piece of living history and only a short hop from the Quayside. Great beer and now doing accommodation.

Crown Posada , The Side. T:+44 (0)191 232 1269 Known locally as The Coffi n because it is long and narrow, this is probably the city’s best pub. There’s no TV, and any music comes either from an old gramophone or the mouths of revellers. There are stained-glass windows, interesting ceilings, wood-clad walls and six excellent ales. Legend has it that the pub was bought by a Spanish sea captain for his mistress.

The Cycle Hub is situated beside the River Tyne a few hundred metres from the Blinking Eye / Millennium Bridge (if heading eastwards) and is the perfect place to stop for lunch or a final re-fuelling before the last miles of the C2C if heading to Tynemouth. It provides bike hire for the route and has a workshop too should your bike be in need of some TLC, or just the tyres pumping up! It is also home to Saddle Skedaddle Cycling Holidays who provide lots of trip packages and support options along the route.

The Cycle Hub, Ouseburn, Newcastle, NE6 1BU – 0191276 7250enquiries@thecyclehub.orgwww.thecylehub.org

Bridge Hotel , Castle Square. T:+44 (0)191 232 6400 Big pub looking across at the castle keep. Nestles into the side of the mighty high level bridge. Patio garden at the rear encircled by the old town wall affords great views of the river.

The Old George Inn, Cloth Market. T:+44 (0)191 269 3061. One of the ‘Toon’s’ oldest establishments, you reach it down a cobbled back alley. Despite being in the middle of the frantic Bigg Market, where every night is like New Year’s Eve in other towns, it is a grownup drinking spot.

Duke of Wellington, High Bridge. T:+44 (0)191 261 8852 This pub is a one-room wonder, stocking lots of fast changing ales from all over the country. Used to be run by a 50-stone landlord, one of the biggest men in the world, whose bulk would have barred him from entering the Posada.

Bodega, 125 Westgate Road. T:+44 (0)191 221 1552 According to the Good Beer Guide the highlight of this pub, apart from the range of real ales, is the original twin glass ceiling domes. The pub is a hit with the city’s culturati as it stands next to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. It is a great melting pot as it is also popular with football fans.

Hotspur , 103 Percy Street. T:+44 (0)191 232 4352 Popular, single-roomed, city centre pub with four guest ales close to the shopping centre. Busy, and busier still when United are on telly.

RESTAURANTS INDIAN Vujon , 29 Queen St. T:+44 (0)191 221 0601 Another classy curry joint. It is next door to Asha Raval (0191 232 7799) which also comes highly rated in Asian circles.

CHINESE

Lau’s Buffet King , 44-50 Stowell St. T:+44 (0)191 261 8868 If you want to pack in the protein for the following day’s ride, this is the place. It’s a hugely popular all-you-can-eat’ that seats 300.

King Neptune , 34-36 Stowell St. T:+44 (0)191 261 6657 Award winning food. Sumptuous surroundings. You can’t go too far wrong anywhere in Stowell St.

ITALIAN

La Riveria , Gateshead Quays. T:+44 (0)191 477 7070 Recent addition to the Gateshead side of the Tyne. Great location and wide choice of Italianate cooking.

Marco Polo, 33 Dean St. T:+44 (0)191 232 5533 Friendly, efficient service. Traditional fare, dim lighting. Marco’s is an institution.

Uno’s , 18 Sandhill, Quayside. T:+44 (0)191 261 5264 Offers some cheap and cheerful choices. Popular with celebrities.

MODERN

Cafe 21, 19-21 Queen St, Quayside. T:+44 (0)191 222 0755 Simply one of the best restaurants in the north east, you need to book well in advance.

Amer’s, 34 Osbourne Rd, Jesmond. T: +44 (0)191 281 5377. Top place serving good and inexpensive grub means you HAVE to book. Cosy and stylish modern cooking in a trendy spot.

Brasserie Black Door, The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart St. T:+44 (0)191 260 5411. Between Quayside and Jesmond in a 1930s converted factory – the sort of place that is now as voguish as it was hitherto ghastly. Fine cooking in a Modern Art gallery.

Quay 35, 35 The Side, Quayside. T:+44 (0)191 232 3848 Early evening 2-course special for £11 or £12. Cosy spot, Quay 35 has a good selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options.

WORLD FOOD Kublai Khan, The Side, Quayside. T:+44 (0)191 221 1596 Only place in the area to do Mongolian food. Served buffet style, you select your ingredients and a Mongol Chinese emperor will cook it for you.

Heartbreak Soup, Quayside. T:+44 (0)191 222 1701 Latin American/Mexican/ Central American fare. Eclectic and vibey.