Tuesday 23 July 2019

The Best Street Food in Newcastle! Sunday Afternoon at HWKRMRKT, By the River Brew Co

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Nothing screams the arrival of Summer more than a long hot afternoon spent sitting by the Tyne at the HWKRMRKT, Newcastle's biggest and best street food market at By The River Brew Co. Ask me what my perfect Sunday afternoon looks like and this is it - scranning my way round my favourite vendors, enjoying time with my friends and appreciating those stunning city views. There really is no better place to be.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle! Sunday Afternoon at HWKRMRKT, By the River Brew Co

Last Summer we found ourselves more than a little obsessed with By The River Brew Co - indulging in too much food (street food markets are the best kind of excuse if you want to eat ridiculous amounts of food in one sitting), taking endless photographs of the the beautiful containers and river views and beating the crowds to bag a table in the sunshine.

So when Lola Jeans, one of my favourite places in Newcastle to grab a burger, invited me down to HWKRMRKT for a catch up and delicious street food I was hardly going to say no was I? So here we are, a few lbs heavier but very excited to bring you a look at a couple of my new discoveries from the current food scene at By The River Brew Co - Summer has never looked so good!

The Best Street Food in Newcastle! Sunday at HWKRMRKT, By the River Brew Co

Cheese Sir

You'll need to be quick if you want to visit Cheese Sir at HWKRMRKT, they are one of this month's guests so wont be at By The River Brew Co for long. Serving up raclette cheese from their container, you can expect thick gooey cheese smothered on to a variety of delicious dishes - perfect for an indulgent feast in the sunshine.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle! HWKRMRKT, By the River Brew Co  - Cheese Sir

I am an absolute cheese fiend, so you may be surprised to learn that I've never actually tried raclette cheese before (I know, where on earth have I been?!)  If, like me, you're a bit new to the whole thing let me introduce you to something that will blow your mind. Raclette is a Swiss creation and involves a huge round block of cheese that is melted and then scraped off the block onto your plate.  It is absolutely genius.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle! HWKRMRKT, By the River  - Cheese Sir
I went for the Slice Sir - a Toasted Bloomer with Chutney, Rocket and Serrano Ham drowned in thick melted cheese with a little side helping of corn chips. Part of the fun of Cheese Sir is watching your dish being created in front of you, I've never known food to tease and taunt me so much before my lunch. It's beautiful to watch and most definitely worth the wait.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle - HWKRMRKT - Cheese Sir
Cakes Contour

If there's one vendor on the block that I've heard people talk about above all others it has to be Cakes Contour. Everywhere I go I hear tales of their incredible sweet treats and elaborate cakes. Self-taught cake decorators, these guys serve up brownies, blondies, cupcakes and tray bakes from their ridiculously cute container at HWKRMRKT and as permanent residents you'll be able to visit them every weekend during the Summer for your cake fix.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle - HWKRMRKT - Cakes Contour
Their counter is filled every weekend with the most incredible looking cakes that change regularly (you're best following them on Instagram if you want to see what they have on counter) and if you have a sweet tooth like me they are definitely worth a visit next time you're at By The River Brew Co.

I went for one of their famous Rocky Roads, unique because they fill them with some of my favourite chocolate bars. The Twix, Rolo and Milk Chocolate Rocky Road is heavenly and the perfect end to your street food experience.  As a huge dessert fan I am so glad that Cakes Contour are at HWKRMRKT, as the other vendors offer predominantly savoury food and, I don't know about you, but I have to have a sugar hit after any meal.

The Best Street Food in Newcastle - HWKRMRKT By The River Brew Co - Cakes Contour
With so many great street food vendors at HWKRMRKT I have barely scratched the surface. I'm still yet to try my first ever Dabbalwal (I know, where have I been?), need to experience a proper Parmo at Parmorama and I have seen some amazing looking food being served by Acropolis that has my name on it.

So the diary is out, I've worked out how many weekends are left in the Summer and I think with a bit of work and dedication I can make my way round to see everyone before the dark nights arrive! Challenge accepted!

I'd love to know who your favourite food vendors are at HWKRMRKT, what should I be trying next?

HWKR MRKT By the River Brew Co Newcastle

What you need to know

  • The HWKRMRKT is open weekends from Spring to Late Autumn
  • The market is open on Fridays from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturdays 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm and Sundays 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Payment is made in tokens which are available to buy at the market. Any unused tokens can be changed back to cash when you leave, or save them for your next visit!


By The River Brew Co
Hillgate Quay


This post was written in collaboration with Lola Jeans who organised an event for local bloggers to experience an afternoon at the HWKRMRKT.  All food and drinks were complimentary in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I think I might have to add a visit here for our staycation next weekend. I've iBy The River Brew Co a coupe of times but never the HWKRMRKT.
    Laura x

    1. It is AMAZING!! There are just so many great food vendors there, you could just eat and eat and eat!


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