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Sophie Brownson

Telegraph names Ouseburn as one of 'Britain's coolest neighbourhoods'

It was once a former industrial area that has been transformed into Newcastle's creative hub.

Ouseburn has long been known by Geordies as one of the city's trendiest communities and now UK travel experts have discovered the area for themselves.

The Telegraph has named Ouseburn as one of 'Britain's coolest neighbourhoods' after searching the country to find 15 of its "favourite urban" spots that are far from the tourist crowds. Oliver Smith, deputy head of travel at the Telegraph, said the places featured on the list have been nominated by locals and representing all four UK nations.

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Ouseburn ranks at number eight, with Telegraph destination expert Helen Pickles praising the area for its "craft beer, great brunch and good-value gigs." She stayed at Hotel du Vin while she explored the best places to eat, drink and shop in Ouseburn.

Sharing her top tips with readers, she said: "This former industrial area, a mile downriver from the centre where the Ouse spills into the Tyne, has been slowly re-inventing itself over the last 30-odd years. Industrial buildings are now artists’ studios and digital company workspaces, spit-and-sawdust pubs are now hipster hangouts, railway arches have sprouted independent businesses.

"There’s a brewery in a coal yard, a café in an old garage and a gallery in a former biscuit company warehouse."

The Cook House, The Kiln, The Ship Inn, and The Cumberland Arms were highlighted as some of the area's best places for food and drink. And, of course, The Cluny and Tyne Bar also made the cut as popular drinking and music venues.

The reviewer's top shopping picks included The Biscuit Factory for arts and crafts, as well as ceramic from The Kiln. Northern Print, Ernie, and Recycle Your Furniture were also featured in the roundup.

Walthamstow in London came out on top in the Telegraph's list, with the area hailed as a "hipster neighbourhood," while Ancoats in Manchester was named as number two. Stockbridge in Edinburgh and Meanwood in Leeds are also named among the coolest destinations.

It's not the first time that Ouseburn has been recognised as one of the trendiest places to live. Last year, travel guide Time Out named it as one of the 'coolest neighbourhoods in the world' in its list of the 49 best places on the planet.


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