Newcastle Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Newcastle

November 7, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best restaurant in Newcastle, United Kingdom (UK) including Sea Salt Cafe & Bistro, Maghera Inn, The Bucks Head Inn, Villa Vinci, Golf Links House Restaurant, Vanilla Restaurant, Hugh McCann's, Cafe Creme, Olive Bizarre, The Anchor Bar
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1. Sea Salt Cafe & Bistro

51 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0HH, Northern Ireland Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible American, Irish, Cafe, British, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$47 - HK$133 +44 28 4321 8091
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Sea Salt Cafe & Bistro

Overlooking Newcastle’s picturesque sea front, Sea Salt Café & Bistro offers new flavours & old favourites. We are passionate about quality; our food and coffee come from the best local suppliers we can find and are prepared with care. Our all day breakfast and lunch menu boasts lots of flavour and has something to satisfy appetites large and small. And our Bistro nights feature modern cuisine with many delicious twists you won’t find near-by!

Reviewed By Baylander - Belfast, United Kingdom

We had read the reviews on Tripadvisor and were keen to pay this place a visit. It was a busy lunchtime when we called and we were seated immediately. Food was inexpensive and very tasty. Overall I would describe the place as very average and the premises could certainly do with a spruce up in terms of paint and decor.

2. Maghera Inn

86A Ballyloughlin Road, Maghera, Castlewellan BT31 9HE, Northern Ireland Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$55 - HK$188 +44 28 4372 2236
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 373 reviews

Maghera Inn

Reviewed By Colin B - Belfast, United Kingdom

Popped in with my wife and 9 year old daughter after a long walk in Tollymore Forest. Immediately made welcome and felt at home in this cosy pub. Very friendly staff and a great selection of traditional fare on the menu. Good kids menu and colouring materials provided. Seafood chowder was filling and creamy with generous portions. Would recommend the small portion. Mussels also very tasty. Lamb shank and beef ladder fell off the bone, well seasoned quality meat. Daughters lasagne well flavoured. Portion size for all meals generous. Good wine selection with recommendations on the menus to accompany each course. Great Deserts but was too full up to try. Reasonably priced at under £75 for family meal. I had passed this place many times on the road and always fancied calling in. It was well worth the visit and will definitely call back next time I’m in the area.

3. The Bucks Head Inn

77-79 Main Street, Dundrum BT33 0LU, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, Bar, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 28 4375 1868
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 335 reviews

The Bucks Head Inn

Reviewed By pillhill - northern irealnd

Stopped in at the Bucks Head after a long walk along the beach at Murlough on a very cold but dry winters day. I've been popping in here for over the past 15 years when down walking the beach. It's always been a reliable wateringhole with excellent service. On this occasion we were a bit late in - around 2.30 - but were able to get a couple of bowls of soup to warm us up. Chowder for me and broth for my wife. Served with lovely freshly made breads. The soups were very tasty and the bread rolls and wheaten excellent. Service as usual was quick and efficient. It's a great place to stop at if you're in the area - it's a bit far away from us to be a local but always a good reason to go for a bracing walk by the sea!

4. Villa Vinci

31 Main Street, Newcastle BT33 0AD, Northern Ireland Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 28 4372 3080
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 920 reviews

Villa Vinci

Reviewed By mary m - Belfast, United Kingdom

It was our first visit here and we thoroughly enjoyed both the ambience and our delightful meal.The staff were so welcoming and attentive.The portions were large and well presented.The food was delicious and I can’t wait to go back.I will certainly be recommending this popular restaurant in Newcastle to all my friends as the menu is so varied to suit all tastes

109 Dundrum Road, Newcastle BT33 0LN, Northern Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Accepts Credit Cards Irish, British, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$86 - HK$220 +44 28 4372 2054
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Golf Links House Restaurant

Reviewed By marian40 - Northern Ireland

We dined here recently and after Reading reviews expected a great experience... unfortunately was just ok. As we were staying overnight we went to restaurant in the afternoon and requested to book a particular table. On arrival at our booked time someone else was sitting there and I did say to the guy who greeted us who just said he didn't know about our booking and we had to pick another table, not a great start. We both went with the 3 course xmas menu sounded lovely.My meal was good but my other half who is diabetic not so great. He choose salmon and prawn starter, just about got a forkful of salmon and onions throughout the bit of salad served with it. He ordered beef done rare but instead received extremely well done beef.needless to say he did not eat it all, he asked for desert of just a wee bit of cheese, was told sorry only served grated cheese.... he was not given any further options. We did though receive a free coffee as way of apology but at this stage it really didn't matter as our experience had not been great. I will say though that the guys serving were lovely absolutely no reflection on them . Would we eat there again sorry but no, customer satisfaction is so important and on this occasion it did not work.

6. Vanilla Restaurant

67 Main Street, Newcastle BT33 0AE, Northern Ireland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Irish, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 28 4372 2268
Excellent
78%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 937 reviews

Vanilla Restaurant

Reviewed By pgbDublin - Dublin

The smoked salmon and the pate starters were a sign of things to come - delicious flavour. My rib-eye was very good and my dining companion's monk fish was declared to be delicious. My onion rings were perfect too with a light crispybatter. Prosecco and red wine by the glass topped off the meal.
We would highly recommend and we hope to return.

7. Hugh McCann's

121 Central Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0EU, Northern Ireland Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Television Irish, British, Pub, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$220 +44 28 4372 6622
Excellent
72%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 280 reviews

Hugh McCann's

Hugh McCann’s is family business that has been on the go for almost 40 years, the building is around 200 years old and has been sympathetically restored to preserve old world charm, yet with all modern comforts and fabulous design taking advantage of the stunning situation.The building nestles between the Mountains and the sea. The restaurant looks onto the Promenade and out to sea, the bar area, beer garden and wedding function room have views of the Mourne Mountains. The Bedrooms have either sea or mountain views. Ample parking for coaches is available nearby. Conference facilities include breathtaking 'breakout' areas, and fabulous opportunities for team building activities such as a walk in the hills or volunteering at a local national nature reserve.

Reviewed By dorothy m - Craigavon

My daughter got married here on New Year's eve, and we had an unforgettable day. Our meal was outstanding, lovely and hot on arrival and the evening buffet was delicious. The staff were absolutely brilliant, so friendly and helpful, nothing was too much trouble for them, so a big thank you to everyone for making this wedding day so special for all the guests. Thank you

8. Cafe Creme

139-141 Main Street, Newcastle BT33 0AE, Northern Ireland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating Cafe, British, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$63 - HK$188 +44 28 4372 6589
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 152 reviews

Cafe Creme

Family Run business in the heart of Newcastle ,Co Down...friendly staff, warm atmosphere with a wide variety of food to suit everyone...popular for our all day breakfasts and homemade scones/tray bakes and cakes .......

Reviewed By Tonyroden

Great menu for all tastes of on the go people seeking a fairly quick snack or lunch. Very pleasant and capable staff. Top/ups offered and you are made to feel most welcome. One small thing the management should watch for is people heading straight to take seats before ordering and paying for food. Annoying when you can’t get a table because someone behind you is occupying it

9. Olive Bizarre

67A South Promenade, Newcastle BT33 0EY, Northern Ireland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, British, Delicatessen, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$173 +44 28 4372 5576
Excellent
76%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

Olive Bizarre

Olive Bizarre is a delicious little spot in the harbour area of the town. You can enjoy exquisite teas/coffees with goodies galore and a view to die for. Our afternoon tea is highly recommended and our traybakes and scones will not fail to please. We have a vast range of savoury dishes and provide an array of gluten free and vegetarian foods. Our child friendly policy is also popular and to top it all our friendly team will make you feel very welcome. See you soon. John and Ciaraxox

Reviewed By Carolyn M

Passing by this quaint tea /coffee shop and decided it was time to explore!great wee spot....enjoyed relaxing with a cup of tea and a raspberry and white chocolate scone!!absolutely devine!!love the China cups and saucers etc....!definitely recommend!probably better visiting this place out of season as it is usually packed during the summer season!!!good complaint!!!keep up the good work!!

10. The Anchor Bar

9-11 Bryansford Road | County Down, Newcastle BT33 0HJ, Northern Ireland Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, British, Pub Lunch, Dinner HK$24 - HK$78 +44 28 4372 3344
Excellent
57%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 76 reviews

The Anchor Bar

We are a century old bar situated at the foot of the Mourne Mountains; with a traditional public bar; with all the original fittings. Welcoming to all families, ramblers and climbers. We offer fabulous home made Pub Grub, where Kids eat free and we even have home made Organic baby food for our little guests.We're very keen to promote local produce and boast a whole host of Locally brewed Craft Beer and Cider including the award winning Whitewater Brewery, 8 Degrees Brewing Co, McGraths, Inish Macsaint and Armagh Cider Co.Our weekly entertainment includes a weekly Charity Pub Quiz (Thursday), weekly live music on Friday (Jamming Session) & Saturdays and live Stand Up Comedy shows as well as the odd Movie Night. We pride ourselves on showcasing local musical talent and give local bands the opportunity to run they're own nights.We also screen all live Premier League, Championship, Scottish and Spanish Football, Rugby, GAA, Golf and Boxing in high definition and on our big screen.

Reviewed By Neilh1878 - Liverpool, United Kingdom

Went in the Anchor a few times while staying in Newcastle for the week and have to say it was one of my favourites in the area. Had a lovely real ale on as well as a really good selection of Irish Whiskeys. The bar staff were very friendly and the pub is quite large inside. They have a lounge as well as a pool table area at the back and a lovely little beer garden out the back which we were lucky to be able to sit in as the weather was quite kind to us.

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