The North East’s top 10 must foodie hot spots that will make any cheat day #WorthIt

Diet seven days a week and feel like you deserve a cheat? Whether you suffer from cheat day envy or struggle to satisfy those daily calorific cravings, this foodie bucket list is designed to ensure that every spoonful is as rewarding and #worthit as the last. Sometimes the struggle is real and the decision of where to eat and where to invest those precious calories takes over your thoughts. But look no further, these 10 indulgent places will make your cheat day oh so worth it.

Man Vs Food –
This grill house is the ultimate meat-lovers dream. It is not only for the brave who tackle a challenge but for anyone that wants to indulge in a selection of meats and sides including extra-cheesy mac & cheese which contains over a gigantic 700 calories. With daily offers throughout the week no wonder this meaty grill is soon opening its third restaurant.
Hudson Street, South Shields

(Trip Advisor: Donna Dunn)
  1. Jam Jar –
    The North East is becoming a feast of tasty burger joints and quirky Jam Jar in Jesmond is one of the most admired. The popular restaurant, which was founded by three Northumbria graduates, offers a variety of burgers, steaks and loaded sides. To make your experience even better you can roll the dice for a cheaper drink, or visit on a Tuesday for two burgers for 14 pounds. There is a reason we are known as the party capital of the north and Jam Jar is quickly becoming one of the hottest places to attend.
    Osborne Road, Jesmond

    (Instagram: kate.ovens)
  2. Fat Hippo Underground –
    If you’re looking for a tuck your napkin in your top sort of vibe, Fat Hippo in Newcastle, Durham and Jesmond is the underground restaurant to visit. This burger bar is the most ordered take away in Newcastle and head chef Mick Johnson says the ‘handmade, legendary Fat Hippo burger, which is beef, Monterey Jack cheese, onion rings, chorizo, pancetta and house sauce, can have up to 1,200 calories alone without any sides. All of our burgers are handmade with no seasoning or fillers.’ Do we need to say anymore?!
    2-6 Shakespeare Street, Newcastle/St. George’s Terrace, West Jesmond

    (Instagram: jamessmith58)
  3. Roma –
    Situated in the city centre, Sunderland’s number one restaurant has creamy pasta and pizza choices for everyone, it is a cheese lover’s paradise. You can even enjoy this cheat meal from the comfort of your home with their take away option. The à la carte menu is the perfect indulgence to make the most of your night off. Their happy hour menu, where all pizza and pasta is only 5 pounds 95, runs all week meaning this restaurant is buzzing no matter what day you go.
    Mary Street, Sunderland

    (Instagram: nathfryatt)
  4. Lola Jeans –
    Lola Jeans is the latest chapter following the Tynemouth success. The eccentric design of this restaurant can also be represented by the menu. This fusion of American inspired food, with a twist, has become a well-known hot spot to many and is perfect for sharing or as a feast for one. They say it’s ‘straight from barn to board’ so freshness can be guaranteed. The relaxed environment along with the delicious food makes every single calorie taste that even bit better. A favourite is the BBQ sharing boards for up to three people all under 15 pounds.
    1-3 Market Street, Newcastle

    (Instagram: Kamranrais)
  5. Shark Club –
    Do not be fooled into believing this gastro pub is just for sports lovers, along with live coverage of many sporting fixtures and being based opposite the iconic St. James Park, on offer is a wide array of hearty, full to bursting meals which are not for the faint-hearted. Famous for the chicken wings, from seven pounds a plate, and countless flavour options, this is a must for some proper messy-finger grub. All the way from America, the taste sensations are a talking point for many, after all chicken isn’t even bad for us, right? Take a look at the unbelievable desert menu for afters.
    Gallowgate, Newcastle

    (Instagram: saulyrow)
  6. Port of Call –
    Known for it’s hearty meat, stunning seafood and over 40 types of rum, this shipwrecked interior restaurant is one of the most popular in its city. Loaded (with flavour and calories) fries, especially the Panko Chicken Fries. They have over 500 hundred calories per portion and are laden with melted mozzarella, panko chicken strips and lashed with pesto, they are the perfect side order with the BBQ ribs or share the calories (if you must) with more than one person and choose the the Devil’s Work platter.
    1 Park Lane, Sunderland

    (Instagram: nathfryatt)
  7. Jalou – 
    Recognised as one of the best cocktail bars in the North East, this bar is famous for its Oreo Cookie Monster cocktail, full of chocolate cookie syrup, vanilla vodka, Bailey’s and cream topped with white chocolate and it’s Bueno Surprise, a concoction of vanilla vodka, Frangelico, chocolate sauce, hazelnut syrup and cream. If you fancy something sweet it doesn’t have to be burgers or deserts here in the North, why not mix it up with one of these gloriously, rich sweet treats. Sharing definitely isn’t caring when it comes to these alcoholic cocktails, both over a tasty 200 calories.
    Neville Street, Newcastle

    (Instagram: amberkn)
  8. Cake Stories –
    If you like your calories to come perfectly designed and hand crafted this family-run coffee shop and cakery is the perfect cheat for you and it’s flooding with treats. Newcastle’s best kept secret, holds the perfect ingredients for the popular Red Velvet cake and Oreo Cookie cupcake which both hold around 500 calories per delight, they are just a couple of satisfying treats that keep customers returning and returning.
    Brentwood Avenue, Jesmond

    (Instagram: natalie.a.t)
  9. Great British Cupcakery – 
    Situated on the heart of Newcastle’s quayside, this boutique bakery thrives off the popularity of its mega loaded, freak shakes. Your appetite will be 100 per cent satisfied with the sweetness of this bakery, with some freak shakes having over 1000 humongous calories. This New York inspired craze features the most popular shake, the Mega Muckle Chocca Block. A meal in themselves, these shakes are not just for a desert and are certainly something which will keep you in a food-coma for hours.
    15 Queen Street, Quayside, Newcastle

    (Instagram: jaygray31)

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