The Grainger Market is famous for it’s local, independent traders that provide the canny people of Newcastle with everything from Pizzas to Pet Food.
There are over 100 businesses based in the market and I’ve hand picked 5 of the best hidden gems for you to check out whilst you’re in the toon!
Unit 30 of The Grainger Market will take you straight to sloppy heaven. With a mouth watering menu of baguettes and baps, Sloppy Joe’s is the ultimate comfort food. Their signature Sloppy Joe is described on their website as Joe-licous. I’m not really sure what that means but it’s really good.
Whether you get a create your own sloppy baguette or get your mouth around one of the massive hot dogs, this cool deli is guaranteed to be a new favourite and a must-visit when on the hunt for a tasty lunch.
A Strawberry Humdinger, one of the fresh fruit smoothies they do, will cost you just £2.00. Much better (and cheaper) than some of the big name smoothie rivals and for the price, a Sloppy Smoothie is surely going to give you a ‘Boost’.
That Retro Game Shop
Since 2008, The Retro Game Shop has been specialising in retro consoles and games. With everything from Master System, Mega Drive, NES, SNES, N64 and even Atari 2600 & 7800. These guys will take you right back to your childhood with some vintage classics.
Fancy taking Sonic for a spin on a Sega Mega Drive in world before touchscreen? How about the James Bond classic GoldenEye on the N64, the ultimate first person shooter. GoldenEye on the N64 might the best game of all time.
In a world before Pokemon Go. A world where ‘blowing on it’ fixed 90% of problems you’ll find The Retro Game Shop. Keeping the dream alive in Unit 145.
Pet Lamb Patisserie
In Unit 19 you’ll find two friends with an unrelenting ache to bake. These local-lasses-done-good will have you in a cupcake coma before you know it. With a ridiculously scrumptious menu, this cute little patisserie is for me one of the hotspots of the city centre.
Everything on offer at Pet Lamb is completely hand made in their kitchen. Whether you are in need of a cupcake-pick-me-up or you just want to have something sweet and lovely, pop in and see what the girl’s have created this week and you won’t be disappointed. I recently had a caramel apple cupcake. It was insane.
They also have a really snazzy YouTube channel which I strongly recommend checking out, videos uploaded weekly with some tips and pretty simple recipes for you to try at home. Champion!
Mmm… & glug
Ok let’s start with this, MMM… & glug regularly stock over 700 beers and ales from the north east, the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond. If craft ale is your thing, head to Unit 12 + 13 for a bottle of something very special indeed.
There’s not much you can’t find in the way of craft ale in this place, it’s always fully stocked with tasty delights from all the local breweries in the Newcastle and beyond. If you’re an ale connoisseur, why not try one of the many dark or pale ales they have to offer. If you don’t have a clue what you are doing, why not try a bottle of Radgie Gadgie.
They also do incredible food here. Loads of rare spices, sauces and chutneys etc. Every Saturday they have hand made artisan bread from Northumberland-based Zen Baker, including the legendary black pudding and caramelised onion ‘piggy’ bread. A necessity for black-pudding lovers of the North East.
Pizza by the slice
I’m going to keep this one very simple.
Pizza by the slice is a huge slice of fresh authentic Italian pizza for £1.80. It’s absolutely delicious and if you don’t try it you are foolish.
Get. A. Slice. Of. This. Pizza.
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The Grainger Market, Grainger St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AE. www.graingermarket.org.uk for more information.