Looking for the best restaurants in Newcastle? Here’s where to eat on your stag weekend

The northeast of England loves its food, but Newcastle isn’t all about Greggs and stotties; it’s also home to a mouth-watering selection of top restaurants. 

As much as your stag weekend typically centres around drinking and activities, it’s essential that you line your stomach too. So what better excuse to try some outstanding eateries than before you tie the knot? 

Begrudgingly, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together a list of Newcastle restaurants worth a pit stop on your weekend. It’s a tough job, right? So here they are in no particular order – bon appétit!

House of Tides | 7 Akenside Hill

🖥  www.houseoftides.co.uk 

📷  www.instagram.com/houseoftides


If you’re searching for an exceptional culinary experience to remember your weekend by, look no further than House of Tides. Not one for the more raucous stag parties, when it comes to restaurants in Newcastle, this Michelin starred, four AA rosette-rated eatery is hard to beat. 

Situated on the quayside in a Grade I-listed former merchant's residence, you’ll find a flagstone bar, an upstairs walk-in wine cellar and a spacious private dining area. There are plenty of drinks to enjoy before tackling the restaurant's innovative, modern British-inspired menu. It’s most certainly not the cheapest on our list with an average price of £80 per head, but if it’s unique and memorable you want, we just couldn’t leave Newcastle’s only Michelin starred restaurant off our list. 

Portofino | 12A Mosely Street

🖥  www.portofinonewcastle.co.uk 

📷  www.instagram.com/portofinonewcastle


If it’s charm, tradition and tasty dishes you’re after, Portofino is the ideal fit. This family-run business sits in a jaw-dropping Victorian Grade II-listed building among the finest Italian restaurants in Newcastle, with cavernous ceilings that provide plenty of room for large groups. 

They serve fresh, authentic ingredients and traditional Italian delicacies alongside an extensive wine list, liqueurs, beers and ciders, so there’s plenty to keep the alcohol levels topped up while you graze! 

Rio Steakhouse | Quayside // Osborne Road, Jesmond

🖥  www.rio-steakhouse.co.uk 

📷  www.instagram.com/rioquayside 


What says “stag weekend” better than all you can eat meat?! With two Newcastle restaurants to choose from, our pick would be the Quayside branch of Rio Steakhouse, which will keep you closer to the buzz and many bars. 

There’s a reason that this Brazilian steakhouse is among the top-rated eateries on Trip Advisor. They’ve nailed a fluid, friendly service and fantastic tasting, authentic Brazilian barbeque, while the surroundings and decor are relaxing and informal.

Dabbawal | 69-75 High Bridge

🖥  www.dabbawal.com 

📷  www.instagram.com/dabbawal


You’ll find that some of the top places to eat in Newcastle are part of the city’s thriving street food scene, and Dabbawal is right at the top of this list. Tucked away on High Bridge Street, this is the best place to experience authentic Indian street food. 

Plus, what better combo than a curry and a beer?! You can choose from smaller plates and larger dishes, ideal for the time constraints of a stag do in full flow, and you’re right around the corner from some of the best city bars for your next stop.

The Broad Chare | 25 Broad Chare

🖥  www.thebroadchare.co.uk 

📷  www.instagram.com/_thebroadchare


If it’s a “proper pub” you’re looking for, then The Broad Chare is a must. Considered one of the jewels in Newcastle’s culinary crown, this gastropub does everything that any discerning pub lover could want, and it does it all so well. 

Their hearty British food is the perfect stag stomach-liner, with a choice of sumptuous substantial mains right down to smaller plates such as scotch eggs and pork pies – the ideal accompaniment to The Broad Chare’s impressive list of local ales and craft beers.

Fat Hippo | 2-6 Shakespeare Street

🖥  www.fathippo.co.uk

📷  www.instagram.com/fathippofood 


Fancy enormous burgers and an epic list of beers? Fat Hippo is your go-to. First conceived in Newcastle, their mind-blowingly good food has spoken for itself, and you’ll now find Fat Hippo in several locations across the country and its two Newcastle restaurant sites. 

The brand’s subterranean city centre haunt is packed with cool features, and the burgers will blow your mind! There’s a massive list of mouth-watering creations, plus a too-hard-to-pick choice of sides, dirty fries and chicken thighs. So if you’re all about getting stuck into a ridiculously big burger and having some beers with the boys, Fat Hippo is the one. 


Did we whet your appetite? Ready to book your Newcastle stag do? Check out our massive choice of activities, select your package or even build your own weekend!

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Date Posted: Friday 13th May 2022

Author: Julian

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