Queen’s Jubilee: bars and restaurants in Newcastle offering holiday food and drink specials

With the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee fast approaching, millions of Britons are counting down to the four-day weekend and many are hoping to make it a celebration to remember.

If you’re planning on heading into Newcastle city center over the Bank Holiday, you’ll be spoiled for choice for a drink or a sit down with some food. We’ve selected just a handful of venues in the heart of Newcastle announcing special additions to their menus over the long weekend.

Several venues are offering Jubilee specials on their drink menu, mixing up tasty new cocktails just for the occasion. If you’re looking to celebrate the bank holiday in style with a bottomless brunch, there are a few places in Newcastle that put a royal spin on their offerings.

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Gusto Italian on the Quayside has two new royal-themed drinks – their Queen of Hearts drink is described as Italy’s version of an Eton Mess, while British drinks-inspired cocktail The Crown is aptly topped with decoration of rose dust from Our Majesty’s Headgear. The restaurant will also be serving new fruity frozen cocktails over the long weekend.

TGI Fridays, which has a branch in Eldon Square, also introduced its own limited-edition Jubilee cocktail – the Earl Gray Queen-tini has Newcastle roots, blending Earl Gray tea with zesty lemon and Tanqueray gin. Meanwhile, Hibou Blanc at Bigg Market offers The Jubilee Spritz – a Tanqueray gin drink mixed with apricot brandy and bitter lemon soda that is bursting with flavors of orange and red fruits.

Gusto Italian (left) and Frankie & Benny’s (right) have both launched special edition Jubilee cocktails

Bigg Market’s hidden gem, the WC Bar, has cooked up a whole menu of drink specials for the long weekend. Their Queen’s Platinum Jubilee cocktail menu includes five limited-edition drinks, from Crown Jewel which combines Lanique Rose and Rhubarb Liqueur to Wimbledon Fizz with vanilla and strawberry liqueurs for a true taste of summer.

Slug & Lettuce on the Quayside hosts brunches fit for a queen from Thursday to Sunday, with drink upgrades to Bloom Gin and Fentimans Rose Lemonade for Jubilee weekend only. The Purple Peacock is also hosting a special edition Martini Brunch, giving visitors the chance to try their newest martini cocktails during the holiday.

Grainger Market No 28 is running a Jubilee Giveaway, teaming up with Newcastle-based designer Somebody Else’s Guy to give one lucky customer the chance to win a special t-shirt and royally boozy afternoon tea for two – you can enter more on their Instagram or Facebook page. They’ve also designed a new Union Jack-themed cocktail, which will be priced at £5 all weekend, and added some Jubilee extras to their famous afternoon teas.

Banyan is hosting a Big Jubilee Brunch on Sunday, inviting revelers to party with them by booking a spot to enjoy bottomless drinks and a dish from their brunch menu, complete with a Best of British soundtrack and “all the paraphernalia British as you could wish”. At Frankie and Benny’s in Eldon Square, anyone who orders a glass of prosecco will get a free mini Victoria sponge cake on the side, and the restaurant has also launched a limited-edition cocktail dubbed the Jubilee G&T.

For those wishing to spend their Jubilee weekend in traditional British fashion, a few venues are offering special editions of their afternoon tea menus for the occasion. Over on Gray Street, Leila Lily’s hosts the Wednesday-Sunday Jubilee Afternoon Tea which they promise is ‘fit for royalty’, while Gray Street Society’s new cafe and bar also offers a bespoke Jubilee cocktail menu.

The Royal Station Hotel on Neville Street is also hosting an excellent British afternoon tea with cocktails, which will be available for booking from Sunday and throughout the summer. Similarly, the Vermont Hotel hosts a Jubilee Afternoon Tea on Sundays with live music in its Gold Room suite.

Finally, you can head to the first floor of Fenwick where Arthur’s Restaurant and Music Club is throwing what it calls ‘the most extravagant Jubilee party in all of Newcastle’. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Backstage Brass band will fill the restaurant with live tunes, and the royal-inspired menu includes a Jubilee cocktail, three-course meal and wine pairing included in a £50 ticket .

Where are you going to enjoy food and drink over the long weekend? Let us know in the comments.


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