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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle

Ouseburn is described by Wikipedia as 'a cultural and social oasis close to the centre of Newcastle'. It's an area of Newcastle we are fairly familiar with, mostly thanks to multiple trips to Seven Stories and the Ouseburn Farm. On a lovely sunny day at the beginning of the month, Steve and I decided to see what else Ouseburn had to offer. My mum took the kids of our hands for the day and we left the car at home :-)

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - Seven Stories
Seven Stories

In Ouseburn you can park your car in the Foundry Lane Car Park just by Seven Stories (postcode NE6 1LH) or at the Cycle Hub on the Quayside (NE6 1BU). Both of these car parks are FREE. There is also the option to catch the Q3 Go North East Qualink bus from Newcastle City Centre or if it's a nice day you can walk from the centre of Newcastle as we did (it's a well signposted 1.5 mile walk to Seven Stories from Greys monument). 

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - Ouseburn City Farm
Ouseburn City Farm

Whilst in the Ouseburn area, a walk around the Ouseburn city farm is a must. It's a free community attraction (suggested donation £2) with a lovely little cafe that serves produce grown on the farm.
Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Cluny
The Cluny
We walked past the Cluny and the Ship Inn saying that we must visit these pubs soon and walked along the banks of the Ouse towards the famous Cook House. The Cook House is two shipping containers that have been converted into a fun and quirky dining space where Anna (from the Grazer) prepares a small but delightful menu which changes daily.

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Cook House
Steve waiting eagerly for his lunch


Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Cook House
Salt Beef Salad

The prices are incredible - this Salt Beef Salad was only £6 and tasted absolutely divine. Followed by an Ouseburn Coffee and the most delicious homemade lemon posset we felt utterly spoilt. The music added to the atmosphere and as Emma states in her review, it really feels as if you have popped over to a friends' kitchen for lunch. 

Other options for dining in the Ouseburn area include Ernst (as reviewed by Katie's Blonde Ambition), Mustang 'S' Ally (as reviewed by Canny Food) and The Cluny (as reviewed by Canny Food). I can't wait to return and try them all for myself! 

After lunch we walked past the impressive Hotel Du Vin (admiring their outdoor terrace) towards our first beer garden. 

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - Hotel Du Vin
Hotel Du Vin

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - Hotel Du Vin
Hotel Du Vin Courtyard

The Tyne Bar describes itself as Newcastle's best secret and I kind of agree. You can expect regular free live music (usually in the outdoor performance area), fairly decent looking food and the kind of atmosphere you'd expect in a proper Geordie pub.

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Tyne Bar
The Tyne Bar

There is plenty of outdoor seating where you can soak up the sunshine as a boat or two sails past you on the Ouse. 

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Tyne Bar
The Tyne Bar Beer Garden

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Tyne Bar
The Tyne Bar


After our first round of drinks we climbed the hill up to The Free Trade Inn. Steve was impressed with the huge selection of beers and I just LOVED the views from not one but two beer gardens.

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Free Trade Inn
The Free Trade Inn

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Free Trade Inn
View from The Free Trade Inn Beer Garden

I thoroughly enjoyed both pubs but have to say I think the Free Trade Inn was my favourite - my Sauvignon Blanc was perfectly chilled here (it was more room temp at the Tyne Bar) and the unrivalled views are worth the small climb up the hill. I can easily see us returning and spending a few hours here over summer. 

Time was moving on and we needed to get to our city centre hotel and get ready for our dinner reservation with friends so we walked past the Cycle Hub (again, somewhere we will re-visit for coffee soon) and it was impossible to resist sitting on the Pitcher and Piano's terrace for one final quick drink in the sun (not strictly Ouseburn I know).

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - The Cycle Hub
The Cycle Hub

Beer Garden & Foodie Heaven in Ouseburn, Newcastle - Pitcher and Piano
Drinks in the sun at the Pitcher & Piano

Newcastle certainly is delightful in the sunshine and we loved our first taste of summer as experienced in what we reckon are some of the best beer gardens in town.


Where are your favourite spots in Ouseburn?




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4 comments

  1. I think this area is often overlooked in favour of the Quayside as a 'pub crawl' but there are some great boozers here. And Cook House really is a hidden gem :)

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  2. Ah the weather was way better for you than it was for us! Makes we want to do it again in the sunshine!

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  3. I really want to try this walk next time we have a sunny weekend, I've only been to Ouseburn a few times and I'm yet to explore properly. The views from the beer garden look amazing!

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  4. I lived I Sandyford/Heaton in my student days so the Ouseburn had my local pubs. We still go there often now. I love it. I've never tried the Cook House though but look forward to trying it next time.

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