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The Exchange

Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE, England
+44 191 258 4111
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good11%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible11%
6 Nov 2017
20 Jul 2017
“Lovely Little Arts & Cultural Centre Serving Good Food & Ales”
Open Now
10:00 am - 11:00 pmAll hours
British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE, England
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

This is a little cafe bar with a big heart! they host a variety of events, each one well run and interesting. Gerry Beldon and his family make the place welcoming, and the lunches are great, reasonably priced, and generous portions.

Thank Gerda P
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Have visited a few times now, this is a hidden gem underneath an archway opening into a secluded sunny courtyard and a lovely bar and arts centre space serving a good range of real ales and a selection of freshly prepared sandwiches and food at...More

Thank earthtravelller
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Been to this bar a few times now normally in the evening and once for lunch. It's a lovely airy place with a great atmosphere. Large selection of real ales, wines and very tasty food. Would recommend the chilli! Has a musical vibe with a...More

Thank Nicky D
Management response:Responded 25 May 2017

Thanks Nicky! We are constantly looking to improve and add and update our facilities. Hope to see you soon!

Reviewed 23 April 2017

We recently visited the exchange to see Tony Washington, as the Bobby Thompson Tribute. We had booked the tickets direct with the Exchange, and arranged to collect the tickets from the bar prior to the show. All the staff at the exchange are really friendly...More

Thank sandrac58
Management response:Responded 6 May 2017

Thanks for the comments, hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 21 March 2017

This is a comfortable and quiet space to stop for a light lunch and a coffee. Sandwiches are made to order and can take 20 minutes to arrive. If you have the time to enjoy the free WiFi and the light, space and comfortable surroundings...More

Thank Marty W
Management response:Responded 25 May 2017

Hi Marty, Thanks for the review. Our staff always try to ensure those needing alternative access are accommodated. When you next attend, call one of us over and we'll gladly provide assistance if needed.

Reviewed 13 March 2017

We spent a week with the folks from The Exchange using their facilities to offer training. The event staff were really helpful with set up for the events and the cafe staff were really friendly and welcoming to all those who attended. Extremely happy with...More

Thank Dave H
Management response:Responded 25 May 2017

Thanks Dave, we're delighted you enjoyed your time with us. I hope you come back to visit us soon as we add more events to our calendar. Feel free to contact us if you have any comments and suggestions especially regarding disability access.

Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

This place is amazing! A great venue for Amateur Dramatics, Concerts, Dances and the Beldons bar is fabulous for food and drink. Phone ahead to find our what's on. Sundays are my favourite for live music . . . I am always surprised that the...More

Thank Malcolm R
Management response:Responded 20 February 2017

Hi Malcolm R, Many thanks for leaving us your feedback! We are delighted you like our wee gem and enjoy the food and drink in The Exchange Café Bar. We are in the process of designing a new What’s On brochure so you will be...More

Reviewed 31 January 2017

Lovely staff! As an artist who wanted to perform the staff were approachable and HUGELY open to ideas. As fir the actual food and drink the title says it all, the nachos I got (and the local ale) were incredible. I would definitely recommend!

Thank Andrew G
Management response:Responded 13 February 2017

Hi Andrew G, Many thanks for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed yourself at our venue. Do pop in and see us again! Best wishes, The Exchange Team

Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I cannot review the food because I could not wait to taste it. After approximately 40 mins waiting for 2 tuna melts. We asked for our money and left. We watched two couples who arrived after us get served. One with what I. believe was...More

Thank rokerpaul
Management response:Responded 15 December 2016

Dear rokerpaul, The Exchange would like to wholeheartedly apologise for your experience in our Cafe Bar. Whilst we strive to deliver excellent service to our customers, on this occasion we did not meet your expectations. We make everything from fresh in our small kitchen and...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 8
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Howard Street, North Shields NE30 1SE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  North Shields
  • Phone Number: +44 191 258 4111
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the beautiful Café Bar at The Exchange is open from 10am offering a range of local ales from across the region. Also available is the award winning Adder Lager from Allendale Brewery, as well as Carlsberg, Tetley's Bitter, San Miguel, and Somersby Cider. The Café Bar at The Exchange is a proud brand ambassador of The Lakes Distillery so you can be assured of quality spirits such as vodka, gin and whiskey. A selection of fine wines and premium soft drinks from the likes of Fentimans are also on offer and Teas, coffees and hot chocolates are provided by local supplier Ringtons. Food at The Exchange is locally sourced with bread coming from Geordie Bakers at Kingston Park, Fish from Taylor Seafood on the Fish Quay in North Shields and meat from Nicholsons butchers in Whitley Bay. Lunch is served daily, providing a selection of specials, light bites, sandwiches, soups, scones and cakes. Bar snacks are also available into the evening.
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