Eating & Drinking


Live Theatre's Atrium Bar and Undercroft open two hours before a performance and close at 11pm providing the perfect location for a leisurely drink before and after a performance.  Remember you can take your drinks into the theatre and you can also order drinks or ice creams for the interval.


For a tasty Italian pre-theatre supper then look no further than Caffé Vivo for simple, authentic Italian food cooked with passion.  Caffe Vivo welcomes everyone whether for a nourishing meal or a relaxing drink.  Think of an Italian enoteca - an Italian restaurant-and-bar - and you'll get the picture.  The atmosphere is warm, easy-going and fun.

Before the show, share an antipasto board with a cocktail or choose from the 3 course fixed price menu which is served Monday to Friday from 12 Noon to 10pm and Saturday 12 Noon to 7pm. You won’t miss the opening act and you can always go back for dessert after the curtain falls. Situated next door to the Live Theatre, relax before the show and enjoy their Pre-Theatre offer with their Fixed Price Menu with 2 Courses for £17.50 and 3 Courses for £20.50.

Drop by on your way to or from Live Theatre for a reviving cappuccino or spin out the time and talk over some tasty food - generous, joyful and full of Italian sunshine. 

For more information visit www.caffevivo.co.uk, call (0191) 232 1331 or make an online reservation here.   


The Broad Chare is a proper pub serving proper beer and proper food. It was recently awarded a Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand for the seventh year running and listed 19th in the Top 50 Gastropubs Awards. The Broad Chare is a new kind of 'old' pub: all the best bits of traditional inn-keeping, given a fresh, modern touch.  It's warm, friendly and welcoming. Housed over two floors, the main dining area with 56 seats, is situated on the first floor.  Downstairs is the bar and separate 'snug' where snacks are served daily.  

The Drink - thirst-quenching, satisfying hits the spot
The Broad Chare has house ales from Wylam Brewery, just up the Tyne Valley, including our own house brew, The Writer's Block, a lovely dry-hopped pale ale. There are also regularly changing guest beers, Guinness and Peroni on tap, top-quality Aspall's Sufflok cider, and a decent range of wines by the glass. Take your time, savour the taste.

The Food - comforting, tasty, fills the gap
The bar downstairs is the perfect place for a drink before the show and the bar snacks are not to be missed. Serving dinner form 5.30pm Monday – Saturday, there’s plenty of time for dinner before the show. With a dish of the day, a specials board showcasing fresh local ingredients and an a la carte menu, choosing what to have is the difficult bit. The Broad Chare's menus offer honest, home-cooked food like pubs used to serve. Simple lunchtime snacks of pork pies, ploughman's and Scotch eggs, or maybe Lancashire hot pot, and definitely fish 'n chips on Fridays. Evenings (and Friday to Sunday lunchtimes) why not tuck in your napkin and try handsome starters such as Lindisfarne oysters, hearty mains (perhaps fish pie or steak and chips) and old fashioned puddings. Home-cooked, proudly British and fiercely seasonal.

For more information visit www.thebroadchare.co.uk or call (0191) 211 2144 or make an online reservation here 

Get in touch

Caffé Vivo
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 10pm
Call: (0191) 232 1331
Email: enquiries@caffevivo.co.uk
Make online reservations here

The Broad Chare
Opening times: 11am to 12am
Bar food: Monday to Saturday, 12noon to 10pm and Sunday, 12noon to 4pm
Lunch: Monday to Saturday, 12noon to 2.30pm and Sunday, 12noon to 4pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5.30pm to 10pm

Call: (0191) 211 2144
Email: info@thebroadchare.co.uk
Make an online reservation here.

Caffé Vivo and The Broad Chare are part of a unique partnership between Live Theatre and 21 Hospitality Group. A proportion of the turnover of The Broad Chare is invested back into the work of Live Theatre.