There has been a settlement on the site of what is now Gateshead since Roman times. The town was granted its royal charter in the 12th century and coal mining started as far back as 1344. Coal, iron and trade on the Tyne helped Gateshead grow into a major industrial centre by the 19th century and that industrial heritage can still be seen in many buildings in the town. Today, Gateshead is a thriving modern urban centre, with many of those old Victorian buildings transformed into stylish apartments. There's a buzzing nightlife along the waterfront of Gateshead, with restaurants, bars and clubs creating a new centre for fun and leisure. Check out the best Gateshead restaurants on Quandoo and book yourself a slice of the action.