Eating & Drinking inNorth East

The North East region stretches from Berwick-upon-Tweed and the Scottish Borders in the North, down through Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear to the seemingly ever-expanding food scene of Yorkshire. This is an area where place and passion are reflected in hearty ingredients conjured into thoughtful menus. It’s the kind of culinary crucible where, in just a few years, a self-taught chef such as James Close at The Raby Hunt near Darlington could develop his first restaurant to take its place among the finest in the UK.

Chefs and diners alike, inspired by quality produce, dramatic surroundings and the sort of value that increasingly can only be found outside London are creating energy and excitement anywhere from isolated country pubs to stylish city-centre venues. The Moorcock at Sowerby Bridge, winner of our Best New Entry UK, offers dishes born of its wild moorland backdrop, bringing elegance to the foraged flavours of rowan, dock and sorrel and delicacy to open fire cooking.

By contrast, the urban setting of Home in Leeds sees classic British food stylishly reimagined for a contemporary palate - think suckling pig beignet or a witty dessert riffing on everyone’s breakfast favourite; toast, butter and marmalade. The Feathers at Hedley on the Hill, the region’s Best Local Restaurant, is recognised for its place at the heart of its Northumbrian community and unswerving commitment to hyper-local sourcing. From destination dining for visitors to the region, to the closely guarded local gems of isolated communities, eating out in the North East offers quality, variety and innovation.

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