North East Visits | NE1 Restaurant Week Central Oven + Shaker

It always surprises me how quickly Restaurant Week comes around, me and Steven always like to try somewhere we haven't been before, if you're looking for some restaurant inspiration in town remember to check out my Newcastle Restaurant Week Top Picks! This time we decided to try Central Oven + Shaker, a pretty new restaurant just opposite central station. Steven went along to the launch of this restaurant via someone he knew from work and he really liked the samples of food and drinks he had so we decided to come and check it out properly. 

The deal they were offering here for Restaurant Week was either 2 courses for £10 or two courses and a Spritz cocktail for £15. I think this is a super reasonable deal for pizzas that are normally around £8 each anyway. As Steven was driving he had a soft drink and I went for the Mai Tai Spritz which was lovely and fruity. 

So onto the main event! We weren't blown away by the starters as opposed to the desserts so we held out for those instead. All their pizzas are made on a 12" sourdough base with their homemade Central San Marzano Tomato Sauce. They also offer a few white base pizzas as well as some delicious sounding salads. We decided on their traditional pizzas, I went for the Roast Veg, yellow, green and red peppers, courgette, aubergine, basil and fior di latte cheese. I thought it was really delicious, the base was soft and everything on the pizza was cooked well without going soggy and the sauce was really tasty. Steven decided on the Pesto Chicken, which smelt amazing! It was with goat’s cheese with confit tomato, rocket, lemon and thyme drizzle. He thought it was the best pizza he'd had in town which is a big statement and we eat out a lot! 

Sufficiently stuffed by our pizzas we managed to squeeze in room for dessert. Originally I ordered the tiramisu which after a wait I was then told they'd ran out of, I was a little disappointed so I ended up ordering the panna cotta instead, it was coconut flavour with a sloe gin jam and thyme, it was still really tasty. I was although very jealous of Steven's cheesecake which was vanilla and lemon with raspberry coulis, he really enjoyed it and I had a taste and it was super yummy. Overall we had a really nice time here, it has a very lively atmosphere with very loud music, I did have to shout across the table to Steven but nevertheless it was a fun atmosphere. The decor here is gorgeous, super trendy, we also had great service, our waiter David was really on the ball. We'll definitely be back! 

Where did you go for Newcastle Restaurant Week?



  1. Wow two courses for a tenner is such a bargain! It looks lovely too xx

  2. The food looks delicious! x


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