This week is the end of an era for me. After 4 years working on the Newcastle Quayside, I'm moving offices to a completely different part of the Toon. Whilst I'm looking forward to having a new area to explore in my lunch hour I will definitely miss my beautiful strolls along the River Tyne and enjoying all of the tasty lunch menus and deals that can be found on the Quayside.
I'll be spending quite a bit of this week trying to eat my way round all of my favourites while I still have the chance and so thought I'd share with you my inside knowledge of the best places to go for a great lunch deal if you work on the Newcastle Quayside. These places are all perfect for quick lunches with your colleagues and offer purse friendly prices and speedy service (although we have found that ordering ahead does help get you back to the office on time!)
Pitcher and Piano
A favourite with office workers on the Newcastle Quayside, the Pitcher and Piano offers a welcome office escape with their beautiful River Tyne view. Their Lunch for Less menu is available Monday to Friday between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm where you can tuck into a lunch dish with a soft drink for £6.50. If it's been a particularly hard day you can swap your drink to a pint of Amstel or a glass of wine for an extra £1.50. It's also worth noting that if you sign up to their website they send out vouchers for free drinks each month.
Pitcher and Piano, 108 Quayside, NE1 3DX
My restaurant of choice if I feel like a slightly fancier lunch, Gusto is the perfect place to unwind after a busy morning in the office. Their lunch menu offers a selection of some of my favourite dishes from the main menu and you can enjoy 2 courses for £12.95 or 3 courses for £14.95 Monday to Saturday 12 noon to 5:00 pm. The best news is that my obsession, the Gusto Burger, is available on the menu along with some very tempting desserts including the very popular Bombolini.
Gusto, 106 Quayside, NE1 3DX
Slug and Lettuce
In the past you may not have considered the Slug and Lettuce a lunchtime destination but following a refurbishment last year the place is looking tip top and the cute velvet chairs and tiled walls has had me sharing photographs on Instagram on more than one occasion! There's a set menu offering 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95 (has to be prebooked) with plenty of lush dishes available on each course. If you're determined to stay healthy during the week the Slug have also introduced a guilt free lunchtime tipple with their skinny prosecco.
Slug and Lettuce, Exchange Buildings, Quayside, NE1 3DW
One of my favourite places to head for lunch on the Quayside is Las Iguanas, their lunch menu is fantastic with a great variety of food - so much so I'm still working my way through it. Served until 6:30 pm every day, dishes are all a very reasonable £7.50, £8.50 or £9.50 and I highly recommend the Cuban Sandwich! The perfect place to inject some flavour into your lunch hour!
Las Iguanas, 106 Quayside, NE1 3DX
Head of Steam
Formally the Eye on the Tyne, the Head of Steam on the Newcastle Quayside is the best destination for a cheap and cheerful lunch. With a lovely new makeover and purse friendly prices, a lunchtime sandwich with chips and a drink will give you more than enough change to go out for drinks after work!
Head of Steam, 11-17 Broad Chare, NE1 3DQ
Dobson and Parnell
Perfect for a business lunch, Dobson and Parnell offer a daily set menu served from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Tuesday to Saturday at £15.00 for two courses or £19.00 for three. Lunch includes complimentary still or sparkling water and tea or coffee. The menu changes but always serves up locally sourced, seasonal produce perfectly prepared.
Dobson and Parnell, 21 Queen Street, NE1 3UG
If you fancy a spot of Italian during your lunch hour then Caffé Vivo is the place to head on the Quayside for a bargain. Their Express Lunch Menu is available from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm Tuesday to Saturday and is a perfectly formed menu of sandwiches and salads. If you're feeling particularly hungry you can pick up a Soup and Sandwich Special for £10.00 or a Soup and Salad Special for £12.00.
Caffe Vivo, 29 Broad Chare, NE1 3DQ
Treat yourself to a lunchtime of indulgence at 21 where you can enjoy 2 courses for £19.00 or 3 courses for £22.50 as part of their lunch menu served Monday to Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. The menu changes weekly which sounds like the perfect excuse to become a regular if you ask me!
21, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, NE1 2HH
So there we have just a few of my favourite lunch meals and deals on the Newcastle Quayside - make sure you let me know if I've missed out your favourite!
For more eating out guides for Newcastle check out: 5 of the Best Pizzas in Newcastle, the Best Burger Restaurants in Newcastle and the 10 Best Breakfasts in Newcastle