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The 6 best breakfast spots in Newcastle

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Whether you prefer a full English breakfast or a stack of sweet American pancakes, breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day. There are lots of cafes and restaurants across Newcastle which offer delicious breakfast options no matter your preference and we’ve picked out our best 6.

Cafe 1901

photo of baked eggs in a pan with a side of sourdough

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Based in an old church in Jesmond, this walk-in only café has an extensive breakfast and lunch menu and a cabinet filled with freshly baked cakes and other treats. Their full English is delicious, and the portion size is generous. They also offer a range of classic breakfasts such as eggs benedict and mushrooms on sourdough toast as well as some slightly different options like corn fritters and shakshouka. It’s typically quite busy so it isn’t unusual to queue at peak times, however the wait times are never too long. The café itself is decorated with eclectic bits of mismatched furniture which creates a lovely environment. If you’re there later in the day they also have lots of delicious lunch options ranging from sandwiches, soups, salads, jacket potatoes and burgers.

Horticulture

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As well as being one of Newcastle’s nicest bars renowned for its large espresso martini menu, Horticulture also offers great brunch options served every day 10am-3pm. Their menu offers something slightly different with dishes like Persian eggs, shloumi, sweet potato hash and steak and eggs. They also offer French toast for something a little sweeter or their version of the full English: Muckle breakfast. You can book a table, or they do also accept walk ins.

 

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Top 5 Italian restaurants in Newcastle

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Newcastle’s restaurant scene is packed with lots of choices for delicious Italian cuisine. This guide goes through the top 5 Italian restaurants in Newcastle ranging from affordable pizza options to delicious, freshly cooked pasta.

Zucchini Pasta Bar

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This casual and affordable Italian specialises in fresh, hand rolled pasta in two locations throughout Newcastle, one in the city centre and another in Gateshead in the Metrocentre. Their menu offers an extensive range of pasta, all reasonably priced, and has various offers throughout the week such as £5 pasta on Fridays and 2 for 1 cocktail all day Monday to Friday – their cocktails are just as delicious as the pasta! This is a great option for affordable and fresh Italian food and drinks.

 

For special occasions and celebrations, you can’t miss their bottomless pasta, available all day every day. You can choose from 8 pasta options, share garlic bread between the table and have unlimited cocktails and prosecco for 90 minutes all for £24.50. It’s one of the best value bottomless brunches there is in the city.

Pizzeria Francesca

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The ever-popular, family run Italian restaurant in Jesmond is definitely worth visiting. Although, be prepared to queue outside as it is walk-in only and gets very busy. It is worth the wait though for the extensive menu with lots of Italian dishes to choose from. A highlight is the option to have half pasta, half pizza which is perfect if you struggle to choose. The service is quick and friendly, and the atmosphere is lovely and relaxed.

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Best Children Activities in the North East

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Looking for a way to entertain the kids for the day? Well, lucky for you, we have rounded up the best children activities in the North East.

 

Whitehouse Farm Centre

From donkeys and pigs to mice and rabbits, expect to meet all your favourite farm animals and more! Whitehouse Farm is also home to striped skunks, marmoset monkeys, harris hawks, bearded dragons, curly haired tarantulas – the list could go on and on. We won’t tell you them all, so there’s still plenty to be surprised by. However, we can’t resist telling you, you are in for a treat as you will even have the chance to handle and feed the animals!

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Best Free Things to do in the North East

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Thinking of something to do can be tough enough, never mind when it also has to be free. But don’t worry – we’ve rounded up a list of free things to do in the North East.

 

Jesmond Dene

Think lavish greenery and stunning flowers. Jesmond Dene is picturesque – the perfect place for a stroll through beautiful displays of nature. A definite highlight is the grand waterfall, which anyone who lives locally will know as a famous photo spot. But what is arguably the best spot is Pets Corner. Situated in the heart of the Newcastle-based park, the farm is home to all your favourite farm animals. Expect pigs, goats, rabbits and so, so many colourful birds!

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