Food and friends
There are lots of great places that you can visit on your own or with friends around Newcastle. Some community organisations offer special discounts for older people and others provide a tailored service such as lunch clubs where you can socialise with other like minded people. Please see below for more information on places where you can eat out in Newcastle:
Every day referrals and self referrals
The Grange Centre provides day services to older people every week day. The centre also welcomes anyone of a pensionable age who can make their own way to the centre. As well as lunch for a half or full day stay, there are a wide range of activities on offer such as quizzes, crafts, cookery and bingo, as well as entertainment from choirs, guest speakers and regular trips out. You may also be referred by the Council.
St Anthony of Padua provides day services for older people every week day. The centre also welcomes anyone of a pensionable age who can make their own way to the centre. As well as lunch for a half or full day stay, there are activities and entertainment as well as hairdressing and other therapy sessions. You may also be referred by the Council.
West End Women and Girls Centre open a Community Bakery and do Winter Warmers on Mondays.
Marys place at The Mercy Hub is a drop in centre with a café for those in need which is open on a Monday 10 am to 1 pm.
Fenwicks Friendly Folk meet up regularly at Fenwick’s The Terrace Restaurant twice a month. They also arrange outings and birthday celebrations.
Hand in Hand runs a Lunch Club at Trinity Church, Station Road, Wallsend NE28 8SA on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 2.30pm.
St James’s Church, Benwell runs a lunch club on a Tuesday. Ring or email to let them know you are interested.
Denton Youth and Community Project run lunch clubs on Tuesdays at 12pm. Contact them to let them know you’d like to attend.
The Chatty Cafe Online on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
St. Martin’s Community Centre run a community 2 course lunch rom 11 to 1pm for people over 55 years old. It costs £3.50 for the lunch, quiz and prize bingo.
FoodCycle Walker runs a free lunch club on a Wednesday, 12.30 pm at Monkchester Community Centre. No need to book, just turn up. All welcome.
South Mountain Older Peoples Chinese Group on Thursday 12 noon till 2pm from February 2022
YMCA Newcastle at Walker Park Centre Cafe run Young at Heart Club for older residents working with Chain Reaction to provide a friendly support service; they offer a place to meet and socialise for vulnerable residents includes a quiz, bingo and lunch.
St. George’s Church, Jesmond run the Friday Cafe which offers an opportunity for all age groups to drop in for tea/coffee/ homemade cakes and scones. They especially welcome those affected in any way by a dementia.
Newcastle Ladies that Lunch is a social group for women in the North East who want to make new friends and have fun. They organise regular meals out and coffee mornings, daytime events and some evenings. Most venues are in and around Tyneside and Wearside.
Newcastle College’s Chefs’ Academy and Bistro trains chefs and you can arrange to have lunch or dinner with friends.
The Chatty Cafe Online on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Coffee Mornings and Tea Clubs
St Martin’s Centre run a tea club on a Tuesday from 1.30pm to 3.30pm for older people alongside Bingo
Elders Council has the Mile Castle social and cup of tea sessions, 10 to 12 noon on the third Wednesday of every month at the Mile Castle on the West Road.
Newcastle U3A has a membership Coffee Morning every 3rd Friday from 10.30 am to 12 noon at St John’s Church Hall, Grainger Street, Newcastle. £1 entry entitles you to a free tea/coffee and home baked cake. New potential members welcome.
St Matthew’s church, Dinnington runs a coffee morning every second Saturday at 10.30 am for one hour
St Andrew’s Newgate Street runs a charity coffee morning every Saturday 9.30 am to 1 pm. All welcome
FoodCycle Westgate offers a free, cooked meal on Thursdays at 6.45pm. Everyone is welcome.
FoodCycle Byker offers a free, cooked meal at 7 pm on Thursdays. Everyone welcome.
FoodCycle Benwell offers a free, cooked meal at 6.30 pm on Mondays. Everyone welcome.
Brunswick Methodist church is open for coffee on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10.45 to 1.15 pm (verified)
Chapel House and District Community Association (CHADCA) has a coffee shop open Mondays to Fridays
The Chatty Cafe Scheme includes: The Owl Tree Children’s Cafe in Kenton, Costa in Gosforth, Costa in Kingston Park
Cornerstone, through Corner Kitchen Community café, serve low cost meals
The Lemington Centre Maximo’s Deli serves refreshments, snacks and light lunches on Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 3pm (verified)
West End Women and Girls Centre open a Community Bakery Monday to Friday
Walker Park Cafe and Centre is run by the YMCA Newcastle, so every penny spent here helps support the charitable work with young people.
The Magic Hat Cafe combines a great, accessible eating experience with raising awareness on food waste. They are open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm in Newcastle City Centre.
St James’s and St Basil’s church has a cafe that is open on Saturday from 10.30 am to 1 pm
The Mercy Hub is a drop in centre with a café for those in need which is open on a Monday 10 am to 1 pm.
Newcastle Cathedral has Cafe 16 which is run with the St Oswin Project and ex offenders will be supported and trained towards qualifications and employment. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.
Silverline Memories run regular dementia cafes on Zoom at present.
St George’s Café on Fridays 10am to 12pm in the Church Hall which welcomes everyone and those effected by dementia
Read our Dementia article for more information on Dementia Friendly activities and support groups.
Food Nation run a weekly Men’s Pie Club in a variety of venues across the city. They bring men together to meet new friends and chat to fellow pie-lovers – to learn, to cook, to share, to sell and to eat great healthy pies. You don’t have to be able to cook.
- Ouseburn Community Centre, Monday, 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
- Fenham Library, Thursday, 2 pm to 4 pm
- Riverside Community Health, Thursday,12 pm to 2 pm
Learning Disability and autism
Skills for People with Pass it on Parents, holds a parent/carer coffee and social group at St Martins’s Community Centre. Check their Facebook page. Wednesday 10.30 am to 12 noon. Also on Tuesdays at their own location from 10.30 am to 12 noon.
The Jenian School of Dancing has 50/50 dances which include tea and coffee and a small charge.
Reengage offer monthly afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live alone. You need to fill in an online form or call to join a group.
There are lots of reasons to choose food and drink more carefully now that we know the impact on our environment can be critical. Perhaps you want to know which plant based foods are most nutritious or which fish can be caught sustainably or which cafes and restaurants to go to? Below there are a few links that may help you make choices that have lower impact on our marine life, forests and climate:
Other Useful Information
- Get Into Newcastle for ideas on where to eat out in Newcastle, special offers and discounts.
- AccessAble offer information and reviews about accessible venues in the North East to help you plan your visit.
- What’s on North East for ideas and information about upcoming events and activities in the North East.
- Day Centres article on InformationNOW
- Chain Reaction is an alternative service to a traditional day centre, and offers short-term support if you are feeling isolated and lonely, or are experiencing mental health difficulties. The aim is to help you to re-connect with sources of support from within your local community.
Last updated: April 8, 2022