Eat & Drink

Hexham has lovely cafes dotted throughout the town centre plus some historic British pubs. There's a good range of gastro pubs and restaurants offering British or international menus and, of course, traditional fish and chips. This page gives a selection of some of the independent businesses unique to Hexham, but you will also find high-street favourites. 

Mr Ants Bar and Cafe

A family-owned bar serving great drinks. Offers on cocktails. Live Music Fridays 9pm. Quiz night Thursdays 8pm. Open Mic and Stand Up Comedy. 

Little Mexico

Authentic Mexican food and drinks served up by Daniel Contreras and his friendly team. Eat in or takeaway.


Tapas dishes freshly prepared on a rolling basis in a 'casual but glam' bistro looking out over Hexham's market place. Shortlisted for the British Curry Awards 2022.


The Grapes

Lively old pub right in the heart of Hexham. Regular quiz nights and live music.

The County

Large, buzzy pub and restaurant with good-value food and drinks. Accommodation available. 

The Queen's Hall Cafe

The Queen's Hall Cafe is located in Hexham's arts centre. It's a lovely space thanks to its high ceilings and huge windows. The cafe serves home-made cakes as well as soup & sandwiches. Its...

ZYKA Indian restaurant

Modern-boutique Indian restaurant from chef Khaled Miah. "The food is sumptuous..." Living North magazine

The Wentworth Cafe

Friendly cafe with outdoor tables. The Wentworth has an especially strong breakfast game ranging from Full English to vegan.  

Refectory Café

The Refectory Café may be hidden away through an archway behind Hexham Abbey, but it's worth seeking out. It's a light and airy place and it also has a lovely courtyard garden area for the warmer...

The Globe Inn

Traditional, friendly pub with a heritage interior. Live sport on TV, and regular live music sessions. Small beer garden.

The Grateful Bread

Family run, artisan bakery. The Grateful Bread specialises in organic sourdough bread, chocolate babka buns and deluxe sandwiches. The bakery also sells foodie treats such as Ampersand Dairy...

Scott's at The Forum

Scott's is the café for Hexham's independent cinema, The Forum, and offers a good range of teas and coffees, homemade traybakes, and snacks. All food and drink from Scott's (including wine and...

The Heart of Northumberland

The Heart of Northumberland (commonly known as The Heart) is an independent gastropub with a lovely interior. It also has a small but very pleasant beer garden hidden away at the back of the pub....

Rising Cafe

Rising Café serves home-baked goods, innovative classic dishes and great beverages with a 1940s flavour. Charity run business.

Fire and Dough

Delicious wood-fired pizza served from the Fire and Dough van. This Hexham-based business tours the area and lands back home every Saturday. You'll find the van in the Hexham Abbey car park from 4...

The Natural Grocer

The Natural Grocer is a shop with a café downstairs and a licenced lounge upstairs. 

The grocers
The Natural Grocer stocks produce from around 60 local...

The Tannery

"Hexham's living room." Characterful, dog-friendly pub. Good menu, beer garden and regular live music.  

Bunter's Coffee Shop

Traditional cafe with a mediterranean twist. Spacious patio area at the front overlooking Hexham Old Gaol. 

Stalida Greek Taverna

Be transported to a traditional Greek taverna courtesy of the welcoming team at Stalida. Enjoy homemade dishes such as moussaka and kleftiko.

The Shire Gate Café

Popular for Sunday lunch, the Shire Gate is a traditional English café right in centre of Hexham. Dog friendly.

Danielle's Bistro

Mediterranean and British cuisine.


*Michelin starred* Set in an old cow barn at Vallum, Pine has proved to be a big hit. The restaurant is under 20 minutes by car from Hexham.  

Bouchon Bistrot

Award-winning, French country style cuisine from Greg Bureau and his team. Bouchon has a lovely terrace with views over the park for warmer days. 

Small World Cafe

Small World is a spacious, independent cafe right in the centre of Hexham. It has a very popular outdoor seating area on the marketplace that is open in warm weather. Small World serves fresh,...

Market Place Coffee

Specialty coffee & homemade toasties, traybakes and cakes.

The Coach and Horses

*NEWLY RENOVATED* A large and lively pub showing sports, the Coach and Horses benefits from a spacious beer garden and outdoor bar.  Accommodation available.

The Tap

*UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT* Traditional, real-ale pub featured in The Good Beer Guide 2023. 

Salute Coffee Bar

Welcoming Italian cafe with a beautiful courtyard and warm atmosphere.

Beaumont Hotel

Independent townhouse hotel on Hexham's elegant Beaumont Street. Dine on local seasonal produce in the restaurant or enjoy a drink or coffee at the bar. The Beaumont's restaurant won high praise...

Paxton's Fish and Chips

Paxton's sits right on Hexham market place next to the historic Shambles. Enjoy traditional fish and chips to take away. 

Vercelli Restaurant

Family-run cocktail bar and restaurant with a large suntrap garden. 

The Rat Inn

*Michelin Guide* Award-winning country pub just outside Hexham. Cosy bar and delightful patio garden with lovely views. 

Ridley's Fish and Game

Locally-sourced and sustainable fish and game including world-class Lindisfarne oysters and Craster kippers. Ridley's are on Hexham market place every Tuesday and Saturday from 9am-2pm.

Restaurant Hjem

* MICHELIN STARRED* Restaurant Hjem is located in the little village of Wall, just a three-mile drive from Hexham. Hjem brings the flavours and style of Scandinavia to the Tyne Valley with an...

Cafe Earth

Quirky little cafe with a focus on nutritious, yet tasty, food and drinks. 

The Garden

*NEW FOR 2024* This funky cafe is found right next to Hexham's historic Old Gaol. Head to The Garden for bagels, smoothie bowls and a good selection of cakes and scones. The Garden has a lovely...

The Hextol Tans

A friendly, vegetarian café serving homemade cakes, lunches, scones etc alongside coffee and tea. The Hextol Tans is part of The Hextol Foundation, providing working opportunities for people with...

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