9th January 2017

Popping the question is a thrilling experience; in equal parts exciting and scary. It’s the emotional equivalent of a skydive or bungee jump – you just have to take the leap.


From choosing the right ring and where in Scotland’s stunning capital to go down on one knee, to getting groomed and dressed for the occasion, there’s a lot to cover. But rather than stressing about it, do the legwork and make sure you’re ready to wow. That way, when the day comes, you can focus on enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime moment. Our guide maps out some of Newcastle’s finest landmarks, hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and barbers, and more; to help you plan for the perfect proposal – and hopefully a resounding ‘Yes!’

As You Like It

Jesmond Three Sixty, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1DB

T: 0191 281 2277

Voted the 7th sexiest restaurant in the world by The Observer, As You Like It is a hidden gem providing you with a cool, quirky and one-of-a-kind romantic hideaway. Set over three sprawling floors, and featuring four stunning bars as well as an elegant garden terrace – it’s a place to be seen, with plenty of room to get loved up.

Insider Tip: Why not bring your nearest and dearest to our Private Dining Room to propose under the stars on your own magical outdoor terrace? Or you can book our stunning Frangipani room – filled with twinkling fairy lights, it sets the perfect atmosphere for that memorable moment.

The Biscuit Factory

16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN

T: 0191 261 1103

Located in the heart of Newcastle’s cultural quarter – the Ouseburn Valley – The Biscuit Factory is the UK’s largest independent commercial contemporary art, craft and design gallery. Built within a former Victorian warehouse, it’s spread over two floors, showcasing inspiring modern art, sculpture, print, jewellery and homeware. With four major exhibitions every year, representing the work of up to 250 artists per season, you’ll be able to find the ideal setting for that special moment.

Insider Tip: Why not bring your nearest and dearest to our Private Dining Room to propose under the stars on your own magical outdoor terrace? Or you can book our stunning Frangipani room – filled with twinkling fairy lights, it sets the perfect atmosphere for that memorable moment.

The Botanist

Monument Mall, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AL

T: 0191 261 6307

Inspired by nature, The Botanist’s stunning interior features a large sycamore tree beneath a beautiful glass dome ceiling as its centerpiece. Both the roof garden terrace and dining areas serve as great vista points for views of Newcastle city centre. With an extensive menu of original, botanical cocktails and scrumptious dishes, The Botanist is a model location for an unforgettable evening.

Insider Tip: For an authentic Botanist experience, toast to your life together with our Peach and Kiwi Fizz, while admiring the sunset from our roof garden terrace. We’ll be on hand to be sure to capture your special moment in this picture-perfect setting.

Jesmond Dene House

Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2EY

T: 0191 212 3000

Jesmond Dene House is an award-winning, boutique hotel filled with warmth and personality. Set in the wooded valley of Jesmond Dene, only five minutes from Newcastle city centre, the Grade ll-listed Arts and Crafts building dates back to 1871. With gorgeous gardens, 40 luxury bedrooms, a three AA Rosette restaurant and several function rooms, it’s the ideal place to propose and celebrate. The Great Hall is just one of the stunning event rooms, featuring wooden panelling and an inglenook fireplace that gives the house its much-loved character.

Insider Tip: Pull out all the stops for your proposal and book our Dinner, Bed and Tasting Menu package, but instead of dining in the restaurant amongst other guests, create a magical, intimate setting and book one of our small private rooms. We can organise everything to create the wow factor, from flowers and candles to live music and your name in lights.

Jules B

50-54 Acorn Road, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 2DJ

T: 0191 281 7855

Since 1984, husband and wife duo Julian and Rhona Blades have been helping the men and women of Newcastle dress to impress. Constant evolution and expert knowledge of the fashion world has won Jules B the Drapers Magazine Best Independent Fashion Store title four times in a row. Alexander Wang, Vivienne Westwood and Hugo Boss are just a few of the luxury brands stocked, and – with a bespoke customer service experience – you can be sure to look your best for the big event.

Insider Tip: Whether you’re a modern man or a classic gentleman, we can make sure your outfit is one-of-a-kind and really express who you are. Our made-to-measure service means your suit will fit flawlessly, and if suits aren’t your thing, we have an unrivalled collection of luxury attire to make you look the part for your proposal.

Kielder Observatory

Black Fell, off Shilling Pot, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1EJ

T: 0191 265 5510

Kielder Observatory sits in the heart of the largest protected Dark Sky Park in Europe, amongst the trees of Kielder Forest. With the option to book a private event, the observatory offers opportunities to get a closer look at stars and planets, as well as dramatic cosmic events such as the Northern Lights – so just sit back, relax and enjoy gazing up at the infinite universe together.

Insider Tip: With the milky way overhead and a billion stars littered across an inky black sky, you have the perfect setting for popping the question. Book into a cosy B&B in the spectacular Kielder Forest, and enjoy the beauty of the cosmos while you look forward to the next chapter of your lives.

Peace & Loaf

217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1LA

T: 0191 281 5222

Opened in 2013, Peace & Loaf has since become a roaring success in the region and beyond. Part-owned by head chef Dave Coulson, every care and attention goes into the meticulously crafted menu, filled with new takes on classic dishes. As the proud owner of two AA Rosettes and having been mentioned in the Michelin guide, Peace & Loaf promises fine dining without the fuss.

Insider Tip: When planning your proposal, give us a call and we’ll make sure it’s extra special. Start your evening with a stroll through the iconic Jesmond Dene, then join us and wow your other half with our ten course tasting menu, paired with some of the finest wines.


1 Northumberland Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7AE

T: 0191 300 9470

As an award-winning luxury jeweller, ROX has built an enviable reputation for offering diamond engagement rings that are second-to-none. Each ring contains the most exquisite, handpicked diamonds, and is designed entirely in-house, making it unique and exclusive to ROX.

Insider Tip: With our trained diamond specialists, there’s no need to stress about choosing the perfect engagement ring. Take a seat in our Thrill Room and sip on champagne as we take you through our range of remarkable diamonds that your soon-to-be fiancé will love. Stuck for inspiration? Sisters and friends are a great place to start.

Tyneside Cinema

10-12 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG

T: 0191 227 5500

Initially opened as a newsreel theatre in 1937 by Dixon Scott, the great uncle of filmmaker Sir Ridley Scott, Tyneside Cinema is one of Newcastle’s most treasured sites. It’s the city’s only full-time independent cultural cinema, showing the best films in stylish and beautiful surroundings. The Grade II-listed building is an important, must-see piece of heritage that has been lovingly restored to preserve and celebrate the grandeur of its original 1937 art deco design.

Insider Tip: Pick your other half’s favourite film for a private screening, with a personalised on-screen message to help you start your journey to the altar! You can then invite up to 30 guests to celebrate your engagement as you enjoy drinks and popcorn in our luxurious Digital Lounge.