Business travel doesn’t have to be boring. Go big, bold, bling and boastful with our guide to Newcastle for business travellers.
Pre-meeting caffeine hit
Get yourself together ahead of the big pitch by necking an espresso with serious pedigree. The espresso served at Pink Lane Coffee is whipped up on an iconic La Marzocco machine, using speciality coffee.
The coffee boffins at Pink Lane work with speciality roasters like Extract and Origin. This is coffee to match your sharp designer suit. Drink it as you strut to your meeting, or lounge for 10 minutes on the comfy leather sofas.
It’s just a stone’s throw from the station too — result.
A working lunch to practise your words
You can’t work on an empty stomach. But you don’t want to be left sausage-and-mash sluggish either. The compromise? A light-but-lush brunch from locals’ fave Quay Ingredient.
Sink down into a chesterfield sofa, spread your papers across the table and feast on a dreamy smoked bacon butty.
Foodies can indulge with eggs benedict and scrambled eggs on brioche.
Just don’t get ketchup down your shirt.
Where to schmooze your clients
Want your clients to know you’re, like, a really big deal? Take them to dinner at a swanky, sumptuous restaurant frequented by celeb types
Take Silk Room Restaurant. Its website says it’s a ‘popular destination for sportspeople and musicians’.
‘If it’s good enough for them…’ you can say to your clients with a smug smile as you tuck into your first-rate grub.
Silk Room has won stacks of awards. And when you glance at the menu it’s easy to see why: dry-aged filet steak with sautéed king prawns; whole lobster caught off the Northumberland coast.
Sip bubbly from the champagne bar to toast the deals you’re likely to make in this elegant quayside setting.
Hold a conference with plenty of bling
Keep it slick and stylish by holding your conference or business meeting at Malmaison Newcastle.
Forget about corporate events being boring, bland and stuffy.
Expect rooms bursting with boutique hotel chic — all sophisticated furniture and autumnal colours.
Tailor your event to fit like a Savile Row suit, and sit back while professional staff keep everything running super-smooth.
Schmooze delegates with a drink in the rock ‘n roll Chateau Lounge. They’ll have trouble hiding their envy at your utter smoothness.
Drinks to toast the deal (or to lick your wounds)
You owned the meeting. The client loves you. The deal is yours.
It’s time to celebrate – and (you might know this already) Newcastle is a great place to celebrate.
Tales of friendly, funny locals are no myth. One Guardian writer says ‘all Geordies believe themselves blessed to have been born here’.
Add to that its reputation as a party city (loved by stags and hens) and its abundance of swanky bars and you’re onto a winner.
Check out the Diamond Strip. It’s the place to drink in Newcastle. Footballers and celebs can be spotted among the locals in swanky bars like Revolution, Bijoux (of Geordie Shore fame) and Floritas.
Treat yourself (if it was a good day)
Bosses are buying you drinks, email high-5s are doing the rounds and office gossipers are calling you ‘jammy’. You feel good. You feel awesome. You deserve a treat.
Retail therapy and Newcastle go hand in hand.
Take iconic department store, Fenwick. It has branches across the nation, but it first opened its doors in 1882 in Newcastle.
Since then it’s become a full-blown Newcastle institution.
Whether you’re after a Barbour wax jacket or Beats headphones, a Clarins Spa massage or make-up from MAC.
Fenwick is a great place to blow the budget.
Get your head down for the night
Whether your day has been good or bad, you’re probably exhausted. Sleep on the events of the day at a swanky hotel just minutes from the station.
The Vermont Hotel blends old-world glamour with modern luxury – think high ceilings and leather sofas, big beds and fast broadband.
Join the winners for a nightcap on the enchanting roof terrace – all sweeping views of Newcastle and cool breezes. Or take an evening stroll – The Quayside and Millennium Bridge are nearby.
You can even have a little lie in, as it’s really close to the station.