Celebrate St George's Day in Newcastle with some brilliant English things to see and do!
While Newcastle’s status as a truly cosmopolitan city is to be celebrated, sometimes it’s good to immerse yourself in all things English, and with St George’s Day coming up this weekend, we thought we’d walk you through some suggestions on how to spend an excellent day in the city.
Breakfast – Horticulture
Right in the centre of the city, Horticulture has earned a brilliant reputation in the last couple of years as a destination eatery and is an ideal place to start your St George’s Day. We’d recommend their belt-threatening Muckle Breakfast but there’s a vegan version of course, and a really varied range of options for the less voracious, all ethically sourced. There’s also a stunning range of cocktails available first thing if you want to start your day in style. Alternatively you could try the amazing pancakes at The Dispensary by St James' Park or the uber-healthy option of The Naked Deli on Grey Street.
Late Morning – Newcastle Castle
With its commanding position overlooking the Tyne (and with the views to go with it!), Newcastle Castle is the very heart of Newcastle’s history and a fascinating place to get lost in the city’s past, particularly on St George's Day! Picture yourself as a medieval knight within the Castle walls!
Spread across four floors of ancient passageways and chambers, there’s plenty to immerse yourself in. Book in advance for the self-guided tours (which take around an hour) or check the website to see which special events are taking place. Don’t forget, there are lots of other museums nearby to explore if you’re bitten by the history bug; try The Lit & Phil for an insight into great minds, or explore Tyneside’s engineering history at Discovery Museum.
Lunchtime – Café 21 Fenwick
Even if you managed the entire Muckle Breakfast, you’ll probably need some sustenance by now and what better than a proper English Afternoon Tea at Café 21 in Fenwick. Served from 2pm, there’s a range of set options available (including a Champagne Afternoon Tea) that include everything from the essential scones with clotted cream and jam through to more exotic items like sachertorte. Other great afternoon teas are available at Hawthorn’s Brasserie in the Crowne Plaza or the very tempting Tipsy Tea at Colonel Porter’s at the bottom of Dean Street, spoilt for choice!
Afternoon – Tyneside Cinema
Among its magnificently international programming, the Tyneside Cinema can always be relied upon to have some archetypal English titles in its schedule and for St George’s Day we’d recommend Operation Mincemeat, a British wartime thriller with a stellar cast including Colin Firth, Kelly MacDonald and Matthew MacFadyen. As it’s in the Tyneside you know the seats will be comfortable, the refreshments varied and the whole thing an absolute pleasure. If the Tyneside options don’t appeal, don’t forget The Everyman Cinema and Cineworld in The Gate are both just a short walk away.
Evening – The Old George Inn
Any St George’s Day trip should finish with fish and chips or a pint of ale in a traditional English pub. Luckily The Old George Inn lets you combine the two! The Old George Inn is Newcastle’s oldest pub (around 450 years old!) but still offers new-fangled entertainment like sports TV and a disco(!) As well as a chunky range of beers and spirits, the food menu offers the obligatory fish and chips alongside plenty of international and vegetarian / vegan options. And kids are welcome too, so it’s a day perfect for the whole family!
For another especially old school pub, the Crown Posada on the Quayside is the city’s second oldest and an absolute gem, and just around the corner from there is The Red House, serving up hefty portions of pie and mash!
What will you choose? Enjoy St George's Day across the city and don't forget to tag us in your snaps, @NewcastleNE1 on Instagram