Newcastle is a vibrant city, filled with splashes of colour, restaurants galore, coffee shops and nightlife like no other city. There’s always something to do in Newcastle, but when it comes to food or venues, you really are spoiled for choice. It can be difficult to choose somewhere!

The other day, I got to try Dumpling and Bun which is a street food Venue in The Grainger Market. I’ve wanted to try this place for ages. They serve authentic Chinese food such as handmade dumplings, which they make in front of you, it really is that fresh, Bao buns and a range of soups.

They’ve won the England’s business award for Tyne and Wear (2022) and I thought this place was so cute. It was like getting to experience another culture, just by ordering lunch!

The Grainger Market is of course a part of Newcastle’s rich history, and it’s a great place to visit, just to get a feel of the old Geordie lifestyle. Built in 1835 by John Dobson, it was the largest covered market of it’s time. There are still a lot of the old shopfronts above the stores, for those of you who like history.

There’s actually a few street food venues in the Grainger market, which all looked amazing, and made me want to try, such as pizzas, authentically Italian style, you can grab it by the slice. There’s a Greek Gyros place and even some Indian street food which I totally wanted, but was just too full!

These fun food places are perfect for anyone looking for a quick snack or light lunch. There’s even the Geordie Bangers stall. So if you fancy “ganning to the butchers unall, Pet,” you’re in luck!

I had the dumplings to start, there were loads of edgy flavours but I went for something safe, that I know I like, chicken and mushroom! They were served with chopsticks and you can add condiments such as garlic, soy sauce, ginger and herbs. You get 5 dumplings for a very reasonable £3.80 or you can get 4 dumplings and 1 Bao Bun for £5. You can choose your flavours.

Next, I had the Chicken Noodle soup. It was a flavourful broth with homemade noodles, herbs, vegetables and shredded chicken. It was absolutely perfect! It was just what I needed to warm my hands after a very cold day of wondering around Newcastle!

The portion was huge so you could definitely share this thing. It was Valentine’s Day after all. Comforting and nutritious, not at all like those takeaway places, you can tell all the ingredients were fresh. It was just what the doctor ordered. It cost under £4 so it gets a thumbs up from me.

If you’re looking for something authentically Chinese, quick and cheap I’d really recommend this place. It’s open from 9am to 5pm!

Thanks for reading,


Categorized in: