intu Eldon Square is beginning to welcome the first of 20 new restaurants to an innovative dining area in the heart of Newcastle city centre.


The new dining quarter promises an eclectic mixture of cuisine, including tasty breakfasts and indulgent lunches, as well as fine dining and cocktails in stylish surroundings and is open from early until late.

The new restaurants have begun to take up residence, with George’s Great British Kitchen, Giraffe and ASK Italian opening for business this week.

Andrew Constantinou, managing director of George’s Great British Kitchen, said:

 “We have been absolutely overwhelmed over the past few months by the excitement and interest in George’s Great British Kitchen, shown by the people of Newcastle! It seems that everyone is as excited as we are about splendid gins, sweet shop inspired desserts and proper British dishes all with a unique twist, all freshly prepared using carefully selected ingredients with nothing artificial added whatsoever, it’s just proper food, done in a proper way! We are so pleased to now welcome everyone to our new home to enjoy seaside shenanigans in the heart of Newcastle.”

Giraffe’s managing director, Tom Crowley, added:
 
 “We are very excited to be opening Giraffe in Newcastle’s flourishing intu Eldon Square, sharing our passion for world cuisine with the community.”
 
ASK Italian’s managing director, Harry Heeley, commented:
 
 “We’re really excited to be part of Grey’s Quarter at intu Eldon Square and look forward to bringing the ASK Italian recipe of delicious dishes, warm service and fresh design – all inspired by the best of Italy to busy Newcastle shoppers this Autumn.”
intu has invested £25m in the development of the dining area, refurbishing the original Sidgate and High Friar malls, reconfiguring 80,000sq.ft. of retail space in the shopping centre. Main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine stripped back the space in the summer of 2015, and the redevelopment process has taken a year to complete. New tenants then took ownership of their respective outlets in order to create their new restaurants.

The construction plans include creating a new entrance to intu Eldon Square at Grey’s Monument, where a giant (3.84m x 5.76m) digital screen has been installed, as well as a rooftop terrace overlooking the statue of Earl Grey and the city centre which will house celebrated Thai restaurant, Chaophraya.
 
The Monument entrance to the new dining area is in close proximity to the Grey’s Monument statue, hence the name Grey’s Quarter. It was built in 1838 in the centre of the city, and erected to acclaim Northumberland’s Earl Grey for the passing of the Great Reform Act of 1832. The statue stands at the head of Grey Street, at the focal point in the heart of Grainger Town, the historic heart of Newcastle upon Tyne with 40% of buildings in the area being listed as being of historical and architectural importance.
 
Phil Steele, general manager of intu Eldon Square, said:
 
Grey Street has received the accolade of being voted ‘The most beautiful street in Britain’, following its fabulous restoration by the Grainger Town Project. It’s fitting that this new development has received such a significant investment from intu and our partners as this will be a fantastic addition, architecturally, socially and economically, to both intu Eldon Square and Newcastle City Centre.
 
“Our new restaurant quarter will be open until late, so evening visitors will be able to enjoy the new commission on the dividing shutter, which will be revealed every evening once the wider shopping centre has closed.”
 
 “The new dining area offers a great mixture of popular quality brands alongside several new restaurants to Newcastle.  We are delighted to be welcoming some popular names such as T.G.I. Friday’s and Giraffe to Grey’s Quarter, and excited to welcome new names to the North East including The Alchemist, Chaophraya, George’s Great British Kitchen and Tapas Revolution. We look forward to welcoming all of our new arrivals during the autumn period.”

Combined with our enviable retail offer and the newly revamped Better Eldon Leisure Centre, intu Eldon Square will continue to provide customers with an exciting shopping, dining and leisure experience.”