Thousands of rugby fans will descend on the region over the next two weekends - but where are the best places to be fed and watered near to the Newcastle stadium?
Home of the Magpies, St James’s Park, is about to host three mammoth games as part of the Rugby World Cup.
But for the fans travelling from further afield, where are the best places to go for a pre (or post) game nosebag and tipple?
With hundreds of bars, pubs and restaurants in Newcastle to satisfy your appetite, it can be hard to choose where to go for that all important game day meal.
But we’ve got you covered. Here’s what you need to know:
South Africa v Scotland, Saturday October 3, 5.45pm kick-off
New Zealand v Tonga, Friday October 9, 8pm kick-off
Samoa v Scotland, Saturday October 10, 2.30pm kick-off
Five pubs near St James’s Park:
1) The Strawberry, Strawberry Place: Just a stone’s throw away from the ground, The Strawberry is a favourite haunt for Geordies on match day. That makes it the perfect watering hole for drinks before, or after, the rugby.
2) The Newcastle Arms, St Andrew’s Street: If you fancy your chances with one of the pub’s guest ales, this is the perfect place for you. Pop in for a quick one before the match, or unwind there afterwards.
3) The Percy Arms, Percy Street: A traditional rock pub, The Percy is jumping on a Friday and Saturday night. If you fancy a lively couple of brews after the rugby, why not pop in.
4) Shark Club Gastro Bar, Heber Street: Just over the road for the stadium, Shark Club is a great place for a delicious drink and bite to eat too. Watch the city’s hustle and bustle from the windows.
5) Crows Nest, Percy Street: A short distance from both St James’s and from one of the city’s main shopping streets, the Crows Nest is the perfect pit stop for a cold beverage.
Ten great restaurants near St James’s Park:
1) Bar Loco, Leazes Park Road: If you don’t want to walk far before or after the match, just nip over the road for a bite at Bar Loco serving tapas, pasta and burgers (and tasty drinks too).
2) Red Mezze, Leazes Park Road: An exotic taste of Turkey awaits at Red Mezze. Whether you fancy a slap up meal, or just something to share, the menu will have something to whet your appetite.
3) El Coto, Leazes Park Road: Feast on a spread of tapas after a hard day watching the rugby - what could be better?
4) Garden Kitchen, intu Eldon Square: Inside the city’s magnificent shopping centre, top up your energy levels at Garden Kitchen. It’s the perfect excuse to visit the shops afterwards too.
5) Prezzo, intu Eldon Square: It may be a chain restaurant, but who can beat a hearty old pizza or pasta?
6) Nando’s, intu Eldon Square: Same as above, Nando’s does what it says on the tin - spicy chicken, yummy sides, and in a short time too. What more could you want?
7) Wagamama, intu Eldon Square: Get a taste for something new at Wagamama - a great place to fill up before hitting the town after the rugby.
8) Harry’s Bar, Grey Street: A little further away from the ground but well worth the walk. Fuel up on cocktails and tuck in to the bar and restaurant menus offering both traditional favourites and exciting new twists.
9) The Botanist, Monument Mall: If a little bit of what you fancy does you good, we definitely recommend a visit to The Botanist for a platter. Pick your favourite dishes and feast on the lot (and definitely order a skewer for pudding).
10) Fujiyama, Bath Lane: Enjoy some Japanese culture in the heart of the city with an exciting menu exploring the oriental.