The Herb Garden

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Arch 8, Westgate Rd, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, NE1 1SA

Serves meat, vegan options available. Pizza restaurant with salads and a few veggie choices on the menu. Open Mon-Sun 11:30am-11:30pm.

Categories: Lacto, Pizza, Western, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg

8 Reviews

First Review by grapesandtea

disappointed - Edit

Only had salads and 2 vegan pizza options but the vegan pizzas come without cheese... paid 10 pounds for bread and some veggies. Overpriced and overrated, wouldn't suggest for any vegan.

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Good vegan choices - Edit

Visited at the weekend after searching for pizza .
Quirky venue under arches friendly staff and was surprised to see two interesting vegan pizza and a stuffed sweet potato special (which I chose very nice) and a vegan pudding.
Previous review mentions lack of vegan mozzarella which could be improved, but personally I've yet to find one I like, and prefer without.

Pros: wood fired oven, good locations

Cons: lack of vegan cheese

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Lean mean aubergine - Edit

I've visited Herb Garden a few times now and on each occasion have enjoyed the food on offer and love the decor and cool vibe here. The vegan menu selection is not extensive and available you have 2 pizzas (£10), a few side options and desserts and one dish from the specials board. Lets start with the pizzas, which includes option #1 tomato, peppers, red onion, mushrooms, olives, basil, oregano, pine nuts and finally option #2 tomato, broccoli, mushroom, thyme, walnut, beetroot. Both pizzas were satisfying with some great toppings but I just found them a little dry after a while as they lacked that vital pizza ingredient of cheese. When I first went to Herb Garden I took my own vegan cheese, which the chef was happy to sprinkle over and the difference was great. However, you don't want to have to take your own cheese all the time do you? Vegan cheese is readily available these days and if they could make this small change you would have two perfect pizzas. Most recently I also ordered the lean mean aubergine from the specials board, which came with a delicious refreshing fennel salad, mixed vegetables and roast potatoes, which was very tasty but a little small in size considering the price (£12). During the day they also offer a main and dessert for just £5. Herb Garden is definitely worth visiting but there are better pizzas to get in Newcastle, all with vegan cheese too.

Pros: Vegan options, Friendly staff, Interior decor and atmosphere

Cons: More vegan options needed, Vegan cheese would be nice

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Best food - Edit

We really liked the food there: it was the best during our Scotland trip before we ended up in Newcastle. Really can recommend it - some kind of healthy vegan food. The interiour design with the plants in the restaurant is unique and makes you feel comfortable.

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pizza-licious - Edit

This is a very smart, modern and unique restaurant which has a cool vibe. They offer a great selection of veggie dishes and more importantly offer clearly marked vegan options. The vegan pizza is extremely satisfying, the only thing missing is some vegan cheese which would result in pizza perfection.

Pros: vegan options, tasty pizza, smart but non pretentious

Cons: no vegan cheese

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Hydroponics, Railway Arch Regeneration & Pizza - Edit

We are all aware that some herbs go nicely on pizza. That’s why I thought this place was called the Herb Garden. Whilst this is certainly true, I was amazed to see a huge wall of ingenious hydroponic herb growing gadgetry at the back of the main dining area. Whilst only basil was being cultivated on the day of our visit, we were told a full blown soil free herb growing operation was imminent once the equipment was ready to be activated. Sorry, if I’m going on about this but I was genuinely impressed. After a cheeky Caipirihna at the new veg friendly Las Iguanas on Newcastle’s Quayside we pitched up at the Herb Garden at around 4pm, that’s 16:00 in modern currency. Who’s “we” you might ask? Well that’s just between me and them, so just read on to learn more about the Herb Garden instead. For many years, most of the arches under the railway tracks leading out of Newcastle Central Station were neglected and run down. Whilst cities like Manchester, Berlin, Leeds and London have been creative with theirs, this was not the case in Newcastle. In recent years however, bars, shops, cafes, estate agents, Internet companies and restaurants have been springing up in these beautiful brick-vaulted arched spaces. The Herb Garden has utilised its space perfectly to create a dining experience on two levels. Vegetarian choice is excellent and vegan choice is very good. There are antipasti sharing platters at £12 for 2 or £18 for 4, pizzas and calzone and plenty of side orders, all meat free. They could probably adjust most pizzas listed on the menu as vegan if you asked but the two main vegan pizzas on offer are: (1) tomato, peppers, red onion, mushrooms, olives, basil, oregano and pine nuts and (2) tomato, broccoli, mushroom, thyme, walnut and beetroot. Both were priced at a very reasonable £10. Just a shame they didn’t put any vegan cheese on and I could have done with a bit more tomato sauce base. We opted for the first to share with a side order of roasted sweet potatoes. A bottle of Peroni and a strong craft beer locally sourced from North Shields helped wash down the crusts. It’s also worth asking for the table water too which is presented in a genuine retro milk bottle from the 1980s. The pizza was delicious with a very delicate crust. In total, our bill came to just under £23 with none of this London influenced 12.5% discretionary service charge nonsense anywhere to be seen. I fully hope and expect the Herb Garden to be growing for many years to come.

Pros: Great setting, Excellent food, Great atmosphere

Cons: no vegan cheese (yet)

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Vegan Pizza! - Edit

Their vegan pizza options are the best. Best pizza base i have had in a long long time.

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Worth a visit! - Edit

A really quirky, unusual place (they grow their own herbs and have a life-size horse on roller-skates). The food is really nice, although slightly on the expensive-side. Good range of veggie options, fewer vegan ones but still worth it for vegans to go.

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