OPA Greek Restaurant, a Little Piece of Greece in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Though the Greek community of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, is a little smaller than the likes of the US and Canada, that hasn’t stopped Greeks here from flourishing and showing off their food.

OPA Greek Restaurant is just one of the Greek culinary gems Newcastle has to offer, owned by husband and wife team and my family friends, Georgios Liakris and Alexia Gkini.

I grew up with their dishes, and let me tell you, their lamb Kleftiko and Kokkinisto are excellent. They remind me of the feasts my Yiayia always prepares for us when we visit Greece. A true taste of home! And just when you thought it couldn’t get more Mediterranean, OPA also serves Italian dishes, including Pizza and Risotto.

Their service is always warm and friendly, never failing to make my family and I feel at home each time we dine with them. And, being host to many Greek Nights with live music and lots of dancing, OPA is a little piece of Greece away from Greece. From their food to the atmosphere, they’ll have you saying “OPA!”

You can check out OPA from their website and be sure to like their Facebook page, too!

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Melina Notidou

Melina Notidou is a Greek writer who grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Her family hail from the beautiful city of Thessaloniki, which she has visited nearly every year since childhood. She loves to read, dance, watch movies, spend time with loved ones, and travel. Melina seeks to inspire and make people happy through the written word, and strives to maintain a lifelong connection to her Greek heritage.

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4 thoughts on “OPA Greek Restaurant, a Little Piece of Greece in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  • August 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Hi Melina, a lovely review of our favourite restaurant. The Kokkinisto is great and Mrs B loves the Paidakkia. It really is North Shields’ best kept secret. Good to see you’re getting a career in writing.
    Phil Bell

    • August 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm

      Thank you very much, Mr Bell! It’s lovely to hear from you. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the piece and that you love OPA’s food.
      My best wishes,

  • August 13, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Are you the same restaurant owners as North Sields one?

    • August 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm

      Hello, Mr Ridge. This piece is referring to OPA Greek Restaurant in North Shields, yes!


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