Eating & Drinking inNorth East

There can be few regions with such a rich and diverse food culture as the North East, an area that runs south from the Scottish Borders, taking in County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and Yorkshire. There are 105 entries in total, 18 of them new this year and three in the Guide’s Top 50: The Raby Hunt near Darlington, The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds and The Black Swan at Oldstead. This latter is now joined by Roots, a new and younger sibling in York, where chef Tommy Banks is building a strong following with his original take on seasonal, home-grown and foraged foods. 

It’s a region of contrasts. You can eat from a refined Scandinavian menu at ultra cool Hjem, near Hexham or feast on simply grilled seafood at Clam & Cork, a fish stall on Doncaster Market. Restaurant Number 20 in little Port Mulgrave near Whitby arguably serves the best steak in the north east, though Träkol might challenge it with its superb meat and fish cooked over charcoal from a shipping container on the Tyne at Gateshead. 

The popularity of casual dining continues with sharing plate menus at Stuzzi in Leeds, Cave du Cochon in York, Host in Ilkley and Route in Newcastle which picks up the regional award for Best Local Restaurant. The prize for the prettiest village in Yorkshire could go to Nun Monkton, with its church, duck pond, village green and the lovely Alice Hawthorn, a country pub serving good, honest food in a delightful setting. 

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