My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street

I can't believe I didn't really discover Newcastle's High Bridge Street until my 30's. Although thinking back - I think I may have stumbled through a few times after one too many drinks in town back in the day. High Bridge Street is a quirky cobbled street cutting through Newcastle's famous Grey Street before ending with the equally famous Bigg Market. This Medieval street is a place full of quirky, independent shops and places to eat/drink. It's the perfect place to head if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of Monument/Eldon Square but don't have time to walk too far. Today I am going to share with you the reasons I love a potter around High Bridge:-

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - map

1- Motel One's secret outdoor terrace

Motel One is a relatively new addition to High Bridge Street but it is already my favourite place to stay in Newcastle. I have fallen in love with the budget chain (that doesn't feel budget) and have stayed over no less than three times. The hotel bar is open to non-residents and in the summer month's they open a secluded outdoor terrace which is a bit of a sun trap with lots of comfy seating. 

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - Motel One Outdoor Bar
Motel One secret terrace
2 - The Stand Comedy Club

Again the Stand Comedy Club is somewhere we hadn't visited until recently but we always have a fantastic time when we visit. The comedy club offers a fantastic membership deal which includes offers such as half price Thursdays and £1 Sundays. Bargain! Lots of laughs are guaranteed.

3 - Perfect coffee from Laneway & Co

Laneway & Co are the new boys of High Bridge Street offering fantastic sourdough sandwiches alongside artisan coffee with a smile. Laneway & Co is the perfect place to pop in for a takeout coffee during your commute or meet a colleague/friend for lunch. Read more over on Big Stevie Cool's blog.

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - Laneway & Co coffee

4 - Happy Hour at Pleased To Meet You

Pleased To Meet You is well located in the centre of town and a good place to meet for post-work drinks. They offer a massive selection of Gin and Tonics if that's your thing, but me, I prefer their Orange Espresso Martinis.

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - chocolate orange espresso martini cocktail Pleased to meet you

5 - Feast on Asian Street Food at Dabbawal

Dabbawal has received rave reviews since it opened a few years ago (check out this mention in the Sunday Times). Serving up imaginative street food such as Lentil Battered Okra, Punjabi Chicken Lollipops and Duck Nilgiri, Dabbawal will certainly tickle your tastebuds. There is a good value pre-theatre menu (2 courses for £12) and service is super speedy making Dabbawal a nice place to visit before a show at the nearby Theatre Royal. If you'd like to find out more, check out this full review from Feeding Boys.

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - Dabbawal Indian Street Food
Credit | Feeding Boys

6 - Listen to Jazz at The Gentleman

Although The Gentleman doesn't have a High Bridge address, it sits right at the end of the street at the start of the Bigg Market. Serving delicious food & fantastic cocktails alongside regular Jazz evenings, The Gentleman is definitely a place to visit if you need somewhere to wind down. Check out New Girl in Toon's review of their happy hour evening menu and cocktails here.

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - Cocktails at The Gentleman
Cocktails at The Gentleman - Credit | New Girl In Toon
7 - Henry Barbers

Henry's is one of the oldest Barber shops in Newcastle, established in 1890 it is a place whose reputation speaks for itself. Their prices are canny too with beard trims starting at just £2.50.

8 - Panis Cafe

Panis is often cited as one of the best places to take your little one's for an Italian meal in Newcastle. It has a bustling atmosphere, super friendly staff and delicious home-cooked Italian comfort food. Check out Canny Food's blog for a full review.

My Favourite Street in Newcastle | High Bridge Street - Panis Cafe

If you're after even more, High Bridge Street is home to some fabulous independent shops including Baltic 39 (a side project to the Baltic Mill and a nice little contemporary art shop), Capology (with it's 2 floors worth of caps), RPM music (a fantastic record store in Old George Yard) as well as a handful of vintage clothing shops.

Wander Mum

Let me know if you have a favourite street in a city near you. 


  1. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Such a great idea showing off one of our best streets, it's such a hidden gem and I bet loads of tourists (and locals) walk past it without realising it's there!

  2. Thanks for sharing our review. There's so many great places along one little stretch of street :)

  3. Motel One seems really value for money and Dabbawal sounds like something I would love to try! #CityTripping

  4. I've never been to Newcastle but hope to visit someday since it's relatively easy to get to from Dublin (no excuses!) Thanks for the #citytripping inspiration!

  5. Ah, it's one of my favourites too, nice to see some new life being breathed in to it after some of my favourite independent shops closed down or moved to new premises. I don't why but it does bug me when people call it 'High Bridge Street' as it just 'High Bridge', petty I know, I'm the same when people say 'Cliff Richards' instead of 'Cliff Richard'. I know, I know, I'm a weirdo! Great post though, well done for raising the profile of this hidden gem of an area!

  6. Now this does sound like a great street, it has been years since ive been to Newcastle, well over a decade infact!

  7. Oh I've never been to Newcastle but it's on my to-do-list. It's still a 2h40 drive from us but I would love to have a look ! #citytripping

  8. I love it here too. Great idea to profile it

  9. Wow! Lots to do indeed! Interesting to get some insider tips. I haven't been to Newcastle for years! #citytripping

  10. Love this street. Our friends rent an office from panis just above their shop and it's an awesome location!

  11. Many years ago I went to university in Newcastle, there was a cocktail bar on the corner of High Bridge Street and the Bigg Market in those days, it was the height of sophistication.

  12. I have never been to Newcastle before - I would love to visit.

  13. Dabbawal sounds amazing and I think I'd want to go just for that. I've never actually been to Newcastle before! #citytripping

  14. I didn't even realise half of these places were there. I love Motel too, we stayed at the Manchester one but I want to try the Newcastle one aswell. As I don't like coffee the sandwiches at Laneaway sound good! I've heard lots about the comedy club but never been yet. Great post as always, so much to offer in one little street! x

  15. That sounds like a brilliant street to have! :)

  16. Ooooh I love PTMY Espresso Martinis but never had an orange one! Def on the Christmas party hit list! I like the sound of Motel One and The Gentleman - I love Jazz music so drinking and listening to Jazz is right up my street!

  17. Oh my, such a nice place to visit in Newcastle! I am very keen to pop in Panis to indulge the home-cooked food, yumzzz....

  18. This street seems right up my street (no pun intended)! The Gentleman sounds like the perfect place for me to relax. And can we just mention how cool it is that Newcastle doesn't have the same licensing laws as Scotland and thus there is such a thing as £1 Sundays! Lol. Great idea to showcase a street like this! Xx

  19. On a sunny day knowing about an open terrace that few others know about is pretty priceless. Great tips.

  20. How cool to have all these places in one street- I love the idea of somewhere to stay, have coffee, lunch with kids, shop, dinner, cocktails and some comedy next door. The secret terrace is definitely worth knowing about and I am with you on the orange espresso martinis. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  21. Does anyone remember the name of the small electronics shop in High Bridge. It was on the right hand side as you walked up towards the Duke of Wellington. Thanks

    1. Bit of a late reply but it was aitken brothers.


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