Food and friends
Please note that during coronavirus, these activities may not take place. Please contact the organisations directly as we ease out of lockdown to check what they have to offer which will be limited owing to social distancing guidance. We will update the information and days of the week as information becomes available.
There are loads of great places that you visit for good food in Newcastle. Some 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:
The Grange Centre provides day services to older people every weekday. Those people who are physically frail can be assessed by Adult Services and, if eligible, will be provided with transport to and from the centre, meals and snacks during the day and a wide variety of activities and entertainment. The centre also welcomes anyone of a pensionable age who can make their own way to the centre. 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. The centre also has a hairdresser.
St. Martin’s Community Centre run a community 2 course lunch on Mondays for people over 55 years old. It costs £3.50 for the lunch, quiz and prize bingo.
Search Newcastle run a Buy and Bite service. For a small charge they pick you up at home and take you to the local supermarket. They help you to get your shopping and have lunch together in the supermarket cafe. Then they take you back home. It’s a great opportunity to get your shopping in and meet new friends over a meal. On Mondays they go to West Denton Morrisons. The minibus starts picking up at 10.30 am.
Greater Walker Community Trust run a women’s lunch club at the Monkchester Community Centre.
Caring Hands organises a weekly Luncheon Club which is open to anyone aged over 55 years old who lives in one of the following areas:
- Some areas of Heaton
Hand in Hand run lunch and reminiscence clubs for men and women over 65 in Wallsend and Heaton. Clubs meet at Trinity Wallsend Methodist Church Hall on Tuesdays from 11am to 2.30pm and at Heaton Methodist Church on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm.
Denton Youth and Community Project run lunch clubs on Tuesdays at 12pm. Contact them for more information.
Heaton Community Centre runs a weekly lunch club.
Greater Walker Community Trust run a lunch club at the Monkchester Community Centre.
Harissa Social Lunches every Tuesday between 1pm and 3pm. They provide a hot meal, a music station waiting for your requests, games and activities to do together if you so wish and a friendly atmosphere to relax in.
Cornerstone runs a weekly lunch club every Wednesday at 12pm. This includes a 2 course meal, tea and coffee, bingo and occasional outings. It costs £3.
Search Newcastle run a Buy and Bite service. For a small charge they pick you up at home and take you to the local supermarket. They help you to get your shopping and have lunch together in the supermarket cafe. Then they take you back home. It’s a great opportunity to get your shopping in and meet new friends over a meal. On Wednesdays they go to Cowgate Morrisons. The minibus begins picking up at 10.30 am.
St. Roberts RC Church in Fenham runs a lunch club every Thursday. It is open to anyone in the community of any or no faith.
Fawdon Community Centre run a lunch club every Thursday from 12pm to 2pm. This includes a two course meal and hot drink for £3.50 or £2.50 concession.
Greater Walker Community Trust run a men’s lunch club at the Monkchester Community Centre.
St Anthony of Padua Community Association runs the Good Companions Club every other Saturday. The day costs £20 for those living in Walker and includes transport, tea or coffee with toast or crumpets, dinner and pudding, an afternoon cuppa plus cake and plenty of good company. Those living outside Walker may be asked to pay extra for the cost of the taxi unless they are able to make there own way to the centre.
There are a number of lunch groups for older people from BME communities. These are listed below:
- Milna Julna (Get together): This group is for Asian women aged 50 years old and over, from a variety of cultures and religions. Members receive social and dietary support, and have the opportunity to talk with someone who can listen to their problems, provide help, or point them in the right direction. Members also do regular activities such as yoga, Tai Chi and bingo, and they go on outings. The club meets in Fenham and women attend from all over the city.
- Dosti (Friendship): This group is for Asian men aged 50 years old and over, from a variety of cultures and religions. Members receive support from each other and play cards and board games. The club meets in Fenham.
- Chinese Club: This group is run in partnership with the North East Chinese Association and meets in their premises in Stowell Street in the city centre. The group has regular information sessions and members attend from all over the city.
All Saints Church Hall hold an Afternoon Tea Club every Tuesday from 3pm to 4.30pm. There is a small charge of £2 but carers go free. Call 0191 213 0450 for more information. This is a Dementia friendly cafe.
St. Martin’s Community Centre run a weekly Church Tea Club on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm. This group has been running for over 40 years. It’s a supportive group open to anybody over 55 years old, where you can have cakes, biscuits and tea/coffee whilst playing bingo and a raffle.
St Wilfrid’s Parish Church run a weekly coffee morning on Tuesdays.
Search Newcastle run various coffee mornings in the West of Newcastle. They meet at various venues on the first Tuesday of each month from 1pm to 3pm. Contact them for information on where the next meeting will be.
St Mary Magdalene Church run a coffee and lunch group on Tuesdays and coffee and sandwiches group on Wednesdays.
Walker Learning Hive run a free drop-in coffee morning every Wednesday from 11.30am to 2pm at Christ Church, Walker.
St Martin’s also run the One ‘O’ Clock club – a support and social group for over 55’s every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm. Come along and try a range of different activities for £1.
Afternoon tea club at the Church of the Holy Name in Jesmond runs every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. There is a small charge of £2 but carers go free. Call 0191 281 0940 for more information. This is a Dementia friendly cafe.
The Friday Cafe at St George’s Church in Jesmond runs every Friday from 10am to 12pm. Contact the Parish Office on 0191 281 1659. This is a Dementia friendly cafe.
The Lemington Centre Cafe serves refreshments, snacks and light lunches on Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 3pm and Saturdays, 9.15am to 12.30pm.
The Wicker Chair Coffee House and Bistro is run in partnership with Palatine Beds and Your Homes Newcastle and run by JET, a local charity. They serve breakfasts, lunches, snacks and refreshments from Monday to Saturday.
West End Women and Girls Centre open a Community Bakery on Mondays 9am to 2pm serving scones, pies, bread, pastries and pizza.
Fawdon Community Centre run a community cafe every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 2pm selling homemade hot and cold meals.
Walker Park Cafe and Centre is setup as a professional social enterprise for YMCA Newcastle, so every penny spent here helps support the charitable work with young people.
YMCA Newcastle runs a lunchtime cafe from it’s centre at Space 2, Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 2DX. They offer various meal deals and are open 10am to 2pm daily.
The Magic Kitchen 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.
Alzheimer’s Society Newcastle run a monthly dementia cafe providing a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise. Drop in at the cafe on the second Tuesday of the month 2 – 4pm at Tesco Kingston Park Community Rooms, NE3 2FP.
Chain Reaction run a dementia friendly afternoon tea every Tuesday from 3pm to 4.30pm at All Saint’s Church in Gosforth. The club costs £1.50 to attend.
Silverline Memories – run regular dementia cafes. Search in our Events and Activities section – type ‘Silverline’ in the ‘Browse by organiser’ box.
ConneXion Dementia Cafe – Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 1pm to 3pm at Church of the Holy Nativity, Chapel House.
Afternoon tea club at the Church of the Holy Name in Jesmond is a Dementia friendly space. The club runs every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm. There is a small charge of £2 but carers go free. Call 0191 281 0940 for more information.
The Friday Cafe at St George’s Church in Jesmond runs every Friday from 10am to 12pm. Contact the Parish Office on 0191 281 1659.
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 & to eat great healthy pies. You don’t have to be able to cook.
Greater Walker Community Trust run a men’s lunch club at the Monkchester Community Centre.
Newcastle Carers have a men’s carers group which meets on the second Friday of every month. Times vary.
St. Martin’s Community Centre run a fortnightly Men’s Social Group with food on Wednesdays 12pm to 2pm. It costs £1 per session.
Skeptics in the Pub organise monthly pub talks from a range of opinionated speakers, on a variety of topics.
St. Vincent’s Centre (Blackfriars Centre) Newcastle host a weekly Tea Dance..
The Jenian School of Dancing have a variety of dance classes including ballroom, tango, salsa and tea dances.
Search Newcastle run a monthly tea dance on the last Tuesday of every month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Robert Stewart Memorial Church Hall on Wingrove Road. The cost for the afternoon is £1.
Reengage offer monthly afternoon tea parties for people over 75 who live alone. The tea parties take place on Sundays and involve small groups of people. The parties provide an opportunity to meet new people, both volunteers and other guests to make lasting friendships.
Chapel House and District Community Association (CHADCA) host a wine club. Contact them for more information.
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 Information Now
- 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.
- Food Nation run monthly workshops and social lunches to support carers called Food Club for Carers
Last updated: June 4, 2021