There has been a settlement on the site of what is now Gateshead since Roman times. The town was granted its royal charter in the 12th century and coal mining started as far back as 1344. Coal, iron and trade on the Tyne helped Gateshead grow into a major industrial centre by the 19th century and that industrial heritage can still be seen in many buildings in the town. Today, Gateshead is a thriving modern urban centre, with many of those old Victorian buildings transformed into stylish apartments. There's a buzzing nightlife along the waterfront of Gateshead, with restaurants, bars and clubs creating a new centre for fun and leisure. Check out the best Gateshead restaurants on Quandoo and book yourself a slice of the action.
The transformation of the town into a post-industrial urban centre can be seen in the confident cooking that is the hallmark of contemporary Gateshead restaurants. Take 1964, for example. Here you'll find an inspired collection of modern British dishes, prepared with skill and served with care. A starter of slow-cooked pig's cheeks in an anise jus is typical, while a char-grilled haunch of venison served with red cabbage chestnuts and gnocchi in a red wine jus pairs excellent local produce with continental ingredients.
No doubt about it – there's some great British cooking going on in Gateshead but some restaurants in town look a little further afield for inspirations. The Anatolia Turkish Grill House is a marvel of the meze, while Piazza Latina serves us a slice of the Italian dolce vita. Paprika Restaurant, meanwhile, warms us up with some excellent Bangladeshi dishes and spicy curries to blow away any culinary cobwebs.
As you can see, restaurants in Gateshead offer a huge range of British and international cuisines. Atmosphere is also important and you can get the inside info on ambience by checking out our customer reviews. You might be looking for a special occasion restaurant or somewhere less formal to enjoy a casual meal with friends. Family restaurants are perfect for the kids, while an intimate little bistro is the perfect place for that romantic date. Whatever the mood, you'll find your ideal Gateshead restaurants right here.