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Where to Eat in NE1 During the Great Exhibition of the North

The Great Exhibition of the North is in full swing and we can't wait to make it part of our sensational summer schedule! 


The summer-long event from 22 June to 9 September, celebrates everything that's great about the North. There's three starting points to the Exhibiton, each connecting to one of three trails that stretches throughout the city. This 80-day exhibition of art, design and innovation is the country's biggest event of the year, so don't miss out in the Toon!


We've picked out some delightful places to eat in NE1 while you enjoy the Great Exhibition... 


Dobson and Parnell



Listed on the Michelin Guide 2018, this popular restuarant on Queen Street is taking part in the Great Exhibition of the North 'Inspired by' programme this summer. They've created a special menu which includes dishes such as black pudding, granny smith relish and house-cured bacon. You can indulge in a two-course lunch for just £10, or an early dinner for £21. This is available throughout the whole summer, apart from Graduation Week (2-  16 July) and NE1 Restaurant Week (7 - 11 August). 



Cafe 21 at Fenwick 



This sophisticated, stylish cafe on the first floor of Fenwick is offering Hepple Gin Afternoon Tea throughout the exhibition. Priced at £30 for two people, you can enjoy a full afternoon tea with assorted finger sandwiches, fruit scones, selection of pastries, accompanied by the all-important Hepple Gin cocktail! If you really love the glorious gin on offer, you can purchase it downstairs in Fenwick Food Hall. Reservations can be made after 3pm by calling 0191 2603373. 






Blackfriars Newcastle has created a menu for the 'Inspired by' programme, which will be on offer throughout the the exhibition. Locals and visitors of NE1 can enjoy a three-course lunch for just £18 or a three-course dinner for £21. They're offering modern interpretations on classic Northern dishes including, Northumbrian ham terrine, North Sea fish and chips and homemade black pudding fritters. There's also a range of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes. What's not to love?



Byron Burgers



Located on Grey Street, you'll be able to step out of this restaurant and have a perfect view of Grey's Monument, which has been transformed for the Great Exhibition of the North. The landmark has been dressed into a Maypole for the duration of the exhibition, complete with a halo of flowers at the top and multi-coloured ribbons set to be drapped the length of the Monument. Enjoy your evening with an extensive range of meat, vegetarian and vegan burgers at Byron, then take in the stunning transformation of Grey's Monument. Don't forget to tag us in your Insta snaps! 



Pitcher and Piano 



You can't get closer to the Great Exhibition Quayside action than this! With outdoor seating and views of the Tyne, you can watch some of the spectacular displays throughout the summer. The Get North Water Sculpture is the UK's largest water sculpture and will perform on the hour, everyday of the exhibition, with a stunning light display seen after dark. With a selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and sharing boards, there's plenty of delicious food to feed your appetite while enjoying the views of the Quayside during the Exhibition. 



Porterhouse Butcher and Grill



This casual dining space within Fenwick Food Hall is serving up an 'Inspired by' menu for the Exhibition. Available all day Monday to Friday, you can sample this fixed price menu offering two-courses for just £17.50 and three-courses for £19.50. You can indulge in the various forms of meat on offer, which you can then buy from the butchers. The menu includes steak and eggs, Spanish pork burger and grilled seabass. Time to make some mega meat memories in NE1...




The Great Exhibition of the North is free to attend and will see our city sparkling with inspiring art, design and innovation throughout the summer months. Pop some of these dates in your diaries - and don't forget to tweet and post on Facebook and Instagram throughout the exhibition, using the hashtag #GetNorth. 

For more info, visit: getnorth2018.com

Main image credit: Visit England



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