15 Things Locals Love About Newcastle
Whether you’re a born and bred Geordie or you’ve moved up north later in life, we’re sure you’ll agree that there’s a lot more to Newcastle than NUFC and the Millennium Bridge (not that we aren’t eternally grateful for both). From beer gardens in the summer to beautiful buildings scattered throughout the city centre and beyond, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful for the city of Newcastle.
On the hunt for insight on what exactly makes the Toon such a popular place, we decided it was time to let the locals have their say. Behold just a handful of the things that the locals love about living in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Samantha: “It's gotta be the quirky pubs and cafés!”
From the charmingly named Quay Ingredient
to Ouseburn’s Cumberland Arms
, Newcastle is home to more than a few unconventional cafés, pubs and bars. Independent establishments like these make it all too easy to find a refreshing bevvie or a scrumptious bite to eat.
Ché: “The Sunday market on the Quayside is great for lunch - check out Pete's Puddin' - Newcastle Brown Ale flavoured pease pudding? Yes, please!”
Pease pudding lovers of the world will find their paradise at Pete’s Puddin’, the Quayside market stall that inspires all of us to give pease a chance. Geordie boy Peter Mullen has adapted his mum’s homemade recipe to create a selection of daring and delicious new flavours.
Tegan: “The Tyne Bar, surely?”
Nestled in the heart of the Ouseburn Valley, The Tyne Bar
is not only a top-notch North East boozer, but also home to sizzling summertime BBQs and a diverse lineup of live music acts. With a broad range of fine wines, real ales and everything in between on tap, The Tyne has more than earned its sparkling reputation.
Christine: “Architecture. We have wonderful buildings.”
From Grey Street’s glorious Georgian architecture to the Edwardian Central Arcade and the revolutionary Sage Gateshead
, the city is home to more than a few bonny buildings. History buffs and lovers of innovative design alike can find their architectural paradise in Newcastle.
Linda: “Architecture and the Quayside!”
One of Geordieland’s greatest draws is without doubt the picturesque Quayside. Elegant bars, indulgent restaurants and authentic Northern pubs enjoy an enviable location along the banks of the River Tyne, where you can find postcard-worthy views of the river just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.
Jack: “The Strawberry on match day.”
For a good old-fashioned English pub packed with friendly locals and football fanatics, look no further than The Strawberry. Located right by St. James’s Park, this memorabilia pub is regularly filled with Magpies fans looking to celebrate (or commiserate) with each other after the match - with locals and visitors welcome to join in the fun.
Gemma: “Us - we might have cold hands but we've got warm hearts!”
Birthplace of legendary celebrity TV duo Ant & Dec, pop icon Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and, of course, nation’s sweetheart Alan Shearer, Newcastle’s pop culture heritage is impressive to say the least. And these A-listers are in good company, too, considering the Geordies’ reputation for being among the friendliest people in the UK.
Janice: “Love the Quayside on a Sunday when the market is on, or just any day - some good pubs and good eating places.”
Every Sunday, from 9am to 4pm, Newcastle’s picturesque Quayside hosts the weekly Quayside Market,
where locals and visitors alike can find a broad spectrum of independent traders offering authentic Northern produce and handmade goods. As if that wasn’t enough, you’ll find buskers and local street artists providing some unique and vibrant entertainment.
Adrian: “The Long Play Cafe on the Quayside - great coffee and a well-stocked record store.”
If you’re looking for a tasty brew with a first-class backing track, take a trip to the Long Play Café
. A stone’s throw from the Quayside, this cosy coffee house serves locally sourced java as a matter of principle, and invites music lovers to pop in for a drink or bite to eat and choose a record to spin while they relax.
Leanne: “The vibe on match day - oh, and all the new fancy places popping up. Huge fan of places like The Botanist.”
Across the road from Grey’s Monument, The Botanist
gives Geordies a place to indulge in some decadent drinks and dining options. Built around an enormous artificial sycamore tree, decorated with dainty vintage tea lights, the bar itself is constantly stocked with the makings of some truly mouthwatering cocktails.
Doreen: “The Quayside and the Geordie accent!”
Regional dialect is a much-loved aspect of Geordie culture, and a huge part of what makes the locals so canny. Visitors from far and wide spend their Newcastle break
deciphering everyday Geordie-isms, but the local lingo is nowt if not full of Northern charm.
Joy: “The Black Garter and the Percy Arms!”
The Percy Arms is a traditional English pub nestled in the heart of Newcastle, combining a homely atmosphere with activities aplenty. Particularly popular on match days, the pub is a regular haunt for NUFC fans, who congregate here in the name of football and fantastic banter.
Harry: “St. James’s Park.”
Home to the city’s internationally renowned football team, St. James’s Park is a Grade 1 listed building and a monument to Geordie pride. The sixth largest football stadium in the UK, SJP has hosted international football and the Rugby World Cup, and even provided a football venue for the 2012 Olympics.
Newcastle’s incredible nightlife makes it one of the UK’s most popular destinations for a great night out – thanks in no small part to the world-class culture found throughout the area. Alvinos can be found on Pilgrim Street and adds bags of character to the city’s thriving bar scene - with an outlandish interior, free foosball and one-of-a-kind cocktails all on the menu.
Rob: “Location, location, location. Everything any great city has to offer: 30 mins one way to the best countryside in UK... 30 mins the other way to the best beaches in the North. And let's not forget Geordie folk - salt of the earth!”
Easy access to city centre shopping, rugged countryside and popular seaside towns makes Newcastle a real crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re on the hunt for high street bargains, can’t wait to feast your eyes on the beautiful Jesmond Dene or want to breathe in the fresh sea air at Whitley Bay, finding your ideal day out is a piece of cake.
What do you love most about living in Newcastle? Friendly locals? The arts and culture scene? A Greggs round every corner? If you think we’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments!