Concealed within the heart of Newcastle’s bustling city centre, Fat Hippo Underground beckons you to embark on a gastronomic adventure like no other. Situated on Shakespeare Street, a mere stone’s throw away from Grey’s Monument and the Theatre Royal, this hidden gem is the perfect place to unwind and indulge in some of the city’s best burger offerings.
As you meander through the historic Grey Street with its vibrant restaurants, bars, cafes, galleries, and independent shops, keep your eyes peeled for the telltale neon sign marking the entrance to this subterranean sanctuary. Venture down the stairs and find yourself enveloped in a quirky, multi-chambered cellar space, complete with exposed brickwork, parody art, and dangling lightbulbs. The unique atmosphere, which expertly merges edgy design with a relaxed vibe, has become a popular hangout for hip young patrons and casual diners alike.
Fat Hippo Underground is more than just a visually enticing destination. Its true allure lies in the mouthwatering array of burgers that have earned it a well-deserved reputation as one of Newcastle’s go-to spots for scrumptious comfort food. While the menu is ever-evolving, past popular favourites have included the Fat Hippo Burger, a delectable combination of beef, streaky bacon, chorizo, cheese, and Fat Hippo sauce, and the Candy Man, which featured candied bacon, cheese, and onion jam. The tantalising beef is freshly ground and cooked to pink perfection, guaranteeing a succulent experience that will leave you craving more.
Of course, no burger would be complete without the perfect accompaniments. At Fat Hippo Underground, you can expect a variety of delicious sides to enhance your meal. From crispy fries to golden onion rings, the options are seemingly endless. However, the menu doesn’t stop there. With an inclusive approach to dining, Fat Hippo Underground also offers a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and diet-friendly options to ensure that everyone can indulge in their flavourful creations.
The drinks menu is equally impressive, boasting an extensive selection that includes craft ales, wine, lager, cider, and even a range of indulgent shakes. Fat Hippo’s very own IPA is a particularly popular choice, with its robust hoppiness expertly cutting through the richness of the meal.
Families visiting Newcastle can take solace in the fact that Fat Hippo Underground is a child-friendly establishment, making it the ideal pit stop after a day of shopping in Eldon Square or catching a show at the Theatre Royal. With a varied kids menu catering to the “little Herd” under 12 years old, high chairs, and unisex baby changing facilities, parents can relax and enjoy a meal without any hassle.
Moreover, Fat Hippo Underground extends a warm welcome to well-behaved dogs in their outdoor dining area, as well as at selected bar tables (subject to managerial discretion). Just be sure to call ahead to ensure an appropriate table is available at your preferred time.
When it comes to accessibility, the closest metro station is Monument, just a few minutes’ walk away. Limited parking options are also available on Shakespeare Street or Grey Street, and the restaurant is within easy reach of Newcastle’s major city centre car parks.
While walk-ins are accepted, it is highly recommended that you book a table ahead of time to avoid disappointment, particularly during peak hours. So why wait? Discover the culinary delights that await you at Fat Hippo Underground and let your taste buds embark on a journey they won’t soon forget.