Easing Out of Lockdown: Reopening Food and Drink Venues

Easing Out of Lockdown: Reopening Food and Drink Venues

Lockdown is easing and with it, the doors of many restaurants, bars and cafes are reopening. In this post we’ve highlighted some of the businesses we feature on Shop On The Tyne and their upcoming plans. We endeavour to keep the website up to date, but if you spot any inaccuracies while using the map, just pop us an email via our contact page to let us know.

As we’ve seen over the past few months, so many businesses have adapted by introducing or expanding their collection and delivery services and this has brought their mouthwatering food and drink offerings to a new set of customers.

For those choosing to reopen, some have decided to keep offering these services and for those unable to reopen just yet, these services are continuing and are more vital to their survivial than ever.

So, while the 4th July is a step forward, it’s still a bit of a mixed bag.

Here are a just a few of the north east businesses with new plans for the coming weeks.

The Brownie Bar

Both the Brownie Bar locations on Chillingham Road and in Eldon Square are open from the 2nd July, Thursday’s to Sunday’s from 11am to 4pm. They’re open for takeout only, with hot & cold drinks, brownies, blondies, cookies, rocky road and ice creams available for your sugar fix.

The Brownie Bar Image credit: The Brownie Bar

If you aren’t local to the north east, or travelling to one of their stores is not an option right now, you can still order via their website and have fresh brownies delivered straight to your door.

The Great British Cupcakery

Staying on the theme of cake, cake and more cake, The Great British Cupcakery has decided not to open their doors just yet. In a Facebook post they stated “The safety of our staff and customers is paramount and due to our shop layout and social distancing measures, we don’t feel we can currently work safely and adhere to these guidelines whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible.”

Great british cupcakery Image credit: The Great British Cupcakery

However, if you’re craving the delicious sugary goodness from The Great British Cupcakery’s menu, it’s not all doom and gloom. You can order online for some postal treats and from Friday 17th July, they’re going to be open Friday’s, Saturday’s & Sunday’s (hours have yet to be confirmed), for takeaway goodies of all of your faves including pre-order afternoon tea. They have also been continuing to take bookings for weddings and celebration orders, so while their doors might not be fully open yet, there’s plenty of options to satisfy your cravings.

The Grainger Market

The Grainger Market has recently been awarded winner of Britain’s Favourite Market. Many of the shops within the market are food and drink related, including butchers, fishmongers, coffee, bakeries and fruit and veg.

Grainger Market Image credit: The Grainger Market

During lockdown, the Grainger Market operated an online delivery service and a click and collect option, available Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm. Many of the businesses are now opening up further, so you can go inside the market, with social distancing rules applied. You can keep up to date on their facebook page, where they share posts from the individual businesses too.

Caffe 1901

Caffe 1901 has been serving an astounding menu for collection and delivery throughout lockdown. Full of delicious meals for breakfast and lunch as well as cakes, shakes, afternoon tea and a full grocery offering.

Caffe1901 Image Credit: Caffe 1901

Caffe 1901’s Jesmond branch is partially reopening from the 4th July for eat-in service, but reservations are preferred. They have multiple systems in place to keep their lovely customers and staff members safe.

Their current takeaway system is still in place for all your favourites, and there will also be plenty of outside seating to enjoy.

Blagdon Farm Shop

Blagdon Farm Shop reopened in early June. They operate Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, with safety measures in place to help protect staff and customers.

Blagdon farm Image Credit: Blagdon Farm

There’s also still an order form you can fill in online and collect your items at a later time.

Lobo Rojo

Lobo Rojo serves tasty tacos in North Shields and they’re waiting to welcome you back with a smile and a margarita! They’ve been operating a click and collect takeout service during lockdown, but are reopening from the 4th July.

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They strongly recommend booking in advance to guarantee a table as they’ll be operating at a limited capacity.

For those who are waiting a bit longer for a dine in taco fix they are still operating their takeout service which will run alongside their usual opening hours from Saturday, complete with their popular takeout Margs. They’re also updating their menu in the coming days for dine in customers, which will be available for takeout with a 15% carry out discount.

Register A Business

If you know of a local, independent food and drink business or you’re the owner of one in the north east and you don’t yet see it on our site, you can register really easily.

Just fill in the form and we’ll add you to our site, for free. Shop On The Tyne’s mission is to support the small, local and independent businesses in the region. It’s free to register and free to use.