Seasoned Newcastle restaurateur Terry Laybourne is the main man behind The Broad Chare – a thumpingly good, Bulldog-Brit gastropub opposite Café 21 on the city’s trendy Quayside. The sturdily furnished first-floor dining room is the place for accomplished plates of nose-to-tail grub – think cured mackerel with gooseberries, crispy lamb salad with Jersey royals, spiced black pudding with beer mustard and radishes or corned beef pie with pickled beets and chips. Also expect things on toast, salads and puds such as poached apricots with ice cream. ‘Proper pub, proper beer, proper food’ is the venue’s slogan and it takes care of boozy business with a polished oak bar on the ground-floor dedicated to North Country real ales such as Jarrow Bitter and Writer’s Block. You can get snacks here too (think Scotch eggs, deep-fried monkfish cheeks, cauliflower fritters with curry mayo and suchlike).