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Chinese New Year 2015 Newcastle: Guide to shops and restaurants in Chinatown; If you want to get into the spirit of the Year of the Sheep then here's our guide to Chinese shops and restaurants in Chinatown.

Byline: Sarah Jeffery

Chinatown is at the heart of the Chinese community in Newcastle and will be the focal point of Chinese New Year celebrations.

The district is located to the west of Newcastle city centre on the edge of the shopping district, mostly along Stowell Street.

It is one of only five Chinatowns in England, with the other four being in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Liverpool.

Newcastle's Chinatown on Stowell Street was founded in 1978, with Wing Hong Chinese Supermarket being the first Chinese business after it relocated from Westgate Road, three decades after the first Chinese immigrants came to settle in the North East.

Located at the entrance of Newcastle Chinatown is The Chinese Arch, which stands 11 metres tall on St Andrews Street, flanked by two Chinese guardian lions.

The construction of the Chinese Arch took five months to complete, and it was made by the Changsu Classical Garden Construction Company (Group) Limited from Changsu in the Jiangsu Province. On January 17, 2005, the ceremonial arch was given to Newcastle City Council and the local Chinese community with a public formal ceremony opening held on the February 21, 2005.

Chinatown is now full of thriving restaurants, shops and businesses and here's our guide to some of the best.

Shops

Wing Hong Chinese Supermarket

45-51 Stowell Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4YB / Tel no: 0191 233 1800

Wing Hong has grown from a family business to becoming the biggest Chinese food supplier in North of England. It is very popular amongst the Chinese community and currently supply stock to local Chinese takeaways and restaurants.

They provide wholesale and retail fresh and frozen food, fresh Chinese vegetables, drinks, large varieties of takeaway food containers, fragrant rice and all type of noodles, cooking sauces, spices and preservative products from the far east.HiYoU

Oriental Food Emporium, 108 Newgate Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 5RQ / Tel no: 0191 232 2311

Opening times: Daily from 11.00am till 9:00pm

HiYoU is a ten thousand square foot Oriental Food Emporium specialising in foods and merchandise from Asia. HiYou have a huge selection of over 10,000 items. It also has a bakery within the store serving traditional Chinese buns, pastries and cakes.

Tsang Foods

27-31 Fenkle St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 5XN / Tel no: 0191 232 7965

Tsang Foods provide wholesale and retail fresh and frozen food, fresh Chinese vegetables, drinks, large varieties of takeaway food containers, a variety of different noodles, cooking sauces and spices from the far east Asia.

Tsang Foods is a specialist wholesale cash and carry who currently supply essential catering ingredients and stock to many restaurants and Chinese takeaways in the North East of England.

Restaurants

Palace Garden

45-51 Stowell St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4YB / Tel No: 0191 221 2888

Opening times: Open from 12.00pm everyday until 11.15pm.

In 1985, The Palace Garden was an award-winning restaurant and was even featured in The Good Food Guide. It offers a delicious array of Szechuan, Malaysian, Cantonese and Peking cuisine.

The restaurant has an extensive dining room, bar, lounge and an elegant upper function room that is an ideal setting for luncheon or dinner parties.

Red Diner

38-42 Stowell St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel no: 0191 232 8200

Red Diner Chinese Restaurant opened its doors to the public in 2010 and specialises in Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, It also offers a karaoke private dinning experience putting the fun and entertainment on the map.

Jia

18 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel no:0191 232 9158

Jia restaurant has created a menu which is full of traditional Chinese dishes and innovative new creations. As well as the A la Carte menu Jia has a special lunch menu and a set menu for those diners who cannot decide what they would like to eat.

Lau's Buffet King

44-50 Stowell St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel no: 0191 261 8868

Opening times: Open every day from 11:45am until 10:30pm.

Lau's Buffet King is the best, biggest and original Chinese buffet restaurant in Newcastle. Its all you can eat buffet is very popular with a choice of more than 60 different dishes and a huge choice from starters to desserts. The restaurant can seat up to 200 people, and both group or party bookings are welcome.

Royal Emperor

30-32 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel no: 0191 232 0868

Formerly known as Dragon House, the Royal Emperor is known for its good food and excellent service. According to reviews on TripAdvisor the Chinatown eatery comes second of the pile with a number of customers proclaiming they've enjoyed the best ever Chinese meal there.

Mandarin Thai Siam

14-18 Stowell Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel No: 0191 261 7960

Opening times: Lunch 12:00pm to 2:30pm and in the evening 5:30pm to 11:30pm.

Mandarin is a Chinese and Thai restaurant, offering a wide range of Chinese and Thai cuisine. The restaurant is known for its speciality banquets and they range from as little as [pounds sterling]12.80 per person. Mandarin can seat up to 100 people on the main restaurant floor and a further 30 in our function room which is free to hire.

Landmark Oriental Restaurant & Bar

NCP Ground Level, Stowell Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4YB / Tel No: 0191 261 0882

The ground level of a car park doesn't sound like the most glamorous setting for a restaurant but don't let that put you off. The restaurant offers some great specialities including Crispy Aromatic Duck, Peking Duck, Stir Fried Whole Fresh Lobster in Sea Spiced Chilli Sauce and special hot pots.

King Neptune

34-36 Stowell Street, Newcastle upon NE1 4XQ / Tel no: 0191 261 6657

Opening times: Monday-Sunday 12 noon-1.45pm & 6:00pm-10.45pm.

This Chinese restaurant has received numerous awards from Egon Ronay's Guide. It serves a largely seafood menu with some interesting specials featuring alongside the usual meat and vegetarian meals.

Chinatown Express

63-65 Saint Andrew's Street, Newcastle, NE1 5SE / Tel no: 0191 233 1388

This cafe-style Chinese eatery has been described on TripAdvisor as a 'little gem with good, cheap and tasty Asian food.' Chinatown Express is also praised for having a large, varied menu and for being good value for money compared to the larger restaurants.

Treasure of the Orient

26-28 Stowell Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4XQ / Tel no: 0191 230 4008

Opening times: Daily 12:00pm - 11:00pm

One of the most popular Chinese restaurants in the area, Treasure of Orient offers a good choice of Oriental cuisine as well as some great value set meals.
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