A haven for the businesses here looking to liven up their lunch breaks, we take a closer look at the fantastic places to eat and drink on Pink Lane.
Conveniently situated near to Newcastle’s Central Station, multiple bus stops and nearby metro stations, it’s little wonder that Pink Lane has become a hub for North East businesses that operate in the heart of the city centre in some of North East Workspace’s unique converted heritage properties available for rent. With its charming cobbled footpaths and narrow winding streets, Pink Lane possesses a unique charm that attracts food lovers to its doors for everything from coffee, croissants and full English, to something special for a business dinner or informal pub lunch.
Housed in an historic Grade II listed building, The Town Wall pub is a firm favourite for those looking for home comforts and a proper pint. Taking its name from its fascinating past, The Town Wall formed part of the original 24 wards that fortified the original boundaries of the City of Newcastle upon Tyne. The former home and workplace of famous Northumberland artist, naturalist and engraver, Thomas Bewick – The Town Wall has stayed true to its Northern roots with a ‘bar bait’ menu of pork scratchings, Shepherd’s pie and the highly commended ‘Toon waal’ Scotch egg to whet your appetite. Food is served until 9pm from Monday to Thursday and until 7pm Friday to Sunday.
Follow your nose a little further along Pink Lane and you’ll find The Forth Hotel, a bustling British gastropub whose modern twist on classic dishes mean it is often filled to the rafters with diners and drinkers spilling out onto a rooftop terrace. Once a venue for Victorian boxing matches, the atmosphere at The Forth couldn’t be more different today – making it a great place to catch up with colleagues after work. Serving a selection of speciality beers and ciders until 11pm from Sunday to Wednesday and staying open until the early hours Friday to Saturday, The Forth’s “posh pub grub” of pork and chorizo burger with caramelised red onion and salt and pepper squid is popular with the residents of Pink Lane.
For no-frills lunches that hit the spot, Clayton Street Chip Shop at the top of Pink Lane is a popular choice, while brand new dessert house Kaspas also on Clayton Street will satisfy your mid-afternoon sweet tooth cravings thanks to their ever-changing menu of milkshakes, sundaes, coke floats, waffles and American desserts. Those in the mood for home cooked food should head to The Jazz Café on Pink Lane – a family friendly café by day and bustling wine bar and live music venue by night. Serving English breakfasts and freshly baked croissants alongside wraps, paninis and sandwiches, it’s no surprise that The Jazz Café is a favourite for client meetings and long lunches. Chances are you’ll smell the delights of the Sugar Down Bakery before you lay eyes on it as the smell of their artisan breads (from sourdough, spelt loaves and wheat free varieties) made fresh every day drift into the street. Open Tuesday to Friday from 8am to 3pm and Saturday 8am to 4pm, their homemade pizzas, still warm from the oven at lunchtime are a particular favourite. A true hidden gem, sandwiches and sweet treats are given a whole new meaning at the Sugar Down Bakery.
With their striking sense of style and brew bars evocative of coffee alchemy, Pink Lane Coffee quickly earned an enviable reputation for themselves as a go-to destination for coffee devotees in search of their morning fuel. With empty coffee sacks transformed into soft furnishings and old crates doubling up as coffee tables, Pink Lane’s urban-inspired, quirky atmosphere fits in well with the assortment of roof terraces, alfresco dining areas and trendy food and drink establishments clustered around the old cobbles of Pink Lane.
Adding a sense of occasion just a short walk from Pink Lane, celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse is well worth a visit for client lunches, business dinners or team celebrations. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner the steakhouse’s “affordable glamour” ethos makes it a welcome addition to the plethora of eateries surrounding Pink Lane.