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The Ouseburn area, named after the waterway which attractively meanders out of the city to the River Tyne, is the definitive location for relaxation and entertainment rolled into one. It is without a doubt, Newcastle’s capital of artistic hippy culture.
A favourite drinking area for locals, there is a fantastic selection of riverside pubs to while away the hours in. The Block Party festival is held here every year, attracting swarms of care-free individuals to experience a whole new kind of arts and music.
The first hotel in Ouseburn opened in the former headquarters of the Tyne Tees Steam Shipping Company. This nautical theme pervades the 42 rooms, many of which have outstanding views over the Tyne Bridge. Its glass and brick bistro is the most glamorous evening eating option in Ouseburn, even if you’re not a resident (great value too with two-course menus boasting locally-sourced ingredients from £15.50).
One of the oldest pubs in Ouseburn dating back to the early 1800â€™s the Ship has a great menu wide selection of local beers, wineâ€™s and spirits, the Sunday lunch is a must.
Not just the best pub in Ouseburn, but arguably the finest in Newcastle itself. It’s boozer heaven. An upstairs room plays host to music, theatre and comedy. Its isolated position overlooking the valley means stunning views from its terrace.
The Cluny is owned by iconic party boozer the Head Of Steam. As well as a live venue, which showcases both young Geordie bands and international artists, the simple main bar and lounge offers local ales and informal yet hearty snacks. There is a “Make & Mend” arts, crafts and flea market and meetings every Monday at 6pm, films every Thursday and Sunday, and gigs, films, club nights and art events programmed on Weds, Fri and Sat.
An independent coffee roaster that was established in 2012 by a group of Artisan coffee roasters and baristas, Ouseburn Coffee Co. features hot drinks made from ingredients sourced from across the globe. Coffee can be served either by the bag or the cup and enjoyed in peaceful green spaces amongst a striking industrial Victorian landscape.
Open all year round in the centre of Ouseburn, Northern Print is the place to take in and purchase the latest developments in printmaking. Original artworks from more than 120 artists â€“ Â based locally, nationally and internationally â€“ can be bought at this welcoming venue, while a programme of classes and courses are available for those who would like to expand their knowledge and skills in printmaking.
The Cycle Hub is a joint venture by Saddle Skedaddle and Newcastle Cycle Centre, consisting of a bike shop and a cafÃ©. Thanks to being based on the popular C2C cycle route in the former Quayside Regeneration Centre, cyclists are able to buy spare equipment and get their bikes fixed while enjoying a hot drink and relaxing by taking in views of NewcastleGatesheadâ€™s breath-taking Quayside.
Found in the heart of Newcastleâ€™s cultural quarter, The Biscuit Factory is the largest art, craft and design gallery across the UK. Contemporary fine art, original prints, sculptures and jewellery can all be viewed and purchased at the gallery, which is housed within a former Victorian warehouse. Not sure what to buy? Their professional and friendly team are waiting to assist, so you always make the perfect purchase for you.