Crown Posada, The Side. Known locally as The Coffin because it is long and narrow, this is probably the city’s best pub. There’s no TV, and any music comes either from an old gramophone or the mouths of revellers. There are stained-glass windows, interesting ceilings, wood-clad walls and six excellent ales. Legend has it that the pub was bought by a Spanish sea captain for his mistress. 0191 232 1269.

The Old George Inn, Cloth Market. One of the ‘Toon’s’ oldest establishments, you reach it down a cobbled back alley. Despite being in the middle of the frantic Bigg Market, where every night is like New
Year’s Eve, it is a grownup drinking spot. 0191 269 3061.

Duke of Wellington, High Bridge. This pub is a one-room wonder, stocking lots of fast changing ales from all over the country. Used to be run by a 50-stone landlord, one of the biggest men in the world, whose bulk would have barred him from entering the Posada. 0191 261 8852.

Hotspur, 103 Percy Street. Popular, single-roomed, city centre pub with four guest ales close to the shopping centre. Busy, and busier still when United are on telly. 0191 232 4352.

Bodega, 125 Westgate Road. According to the Good Beer Guide the highlight of this pub, apart from the range of real ales, is the original twin glass ceiling domes. The pub is a hit with the city’s culturati as it stands next to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House. It is a great melting pot as it is also popular with football fans. 0191 221 1552.

Bridge Hotel, Castle Square. Big pub looking across at the Castle Keep. Nestles into the side of the mighty High Level bridge. Patio garden at the rear, encircled by the old town wall, affords great views of the river. 0191 232 6400.

Where to Eat

Vujon, 29 Queen St. Another classy curry joint. 0191 221 0601.

Asha Raval, which comes highly rated in Asian circles.. 0191 232 7799.

Lau’s Buffet King, 44-50 Stowell St. 0191 261 8868.

King Neptune, 34-36 Stowell St. Award winning food. Sumptuous surroundings.You can’t go too far wrong anywhere in Stowell St. 0191 261 6657.

La Riveria, Gateshead Quays. Recent addition to the Gateshead side of the Tyne.
Great location and wide choice of Italianate cooking. 0191 477 7070.

Marco Polo, 33 Dean St. Friendly, efficient service. Traditional fare, dim lighting.
Marco’s is an institution. 0191 232 5533.

Uno’s, 18 Sandhill, Quayside. Offers some cheap and cheerful choices. Popular
with celebrities. 0191 261 5264.

Café 21, 19-21 Queen St, Quayside. Simply one of the best restaurants in the north
east, you need to book well in advance. 0191 222 0755

Amer’s, 34 Osborne Rd, Jesmond.. Top place serving good and inexpensive grub
means you HAVE to book. Cosy and stylish modern cooking in a trendy spot.
0191 281 5377.

Brasserie Black Door, The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart St. Between Quayside and
Jesmond in a 1930s converted factory – the sort of place that is now as voguish as it
was hitherto ghastly. Fine cooking in a Modern Art gallery. 0191 260 5411.

Quay 35, 35 The Side, Quayside. Early evening 2-course special for £11 or £12. Cosy
spot, Quay 35 has a good selection of fish, meat and vegetarian options.
0191 232 3848

Kublai Khan, The Side, Quayside. Only place in the area to do Mongolian food.
Served buffet style, you select your ingredients and a Mongol Chinese emperor
will cook it for you. 0191 221 1596.

Heartbreak Soup, Quayside. Latin American/Mexican/ Central American fare.
Eclectic and vibey. 0191 222 1701.