Eating & Drinking inNorth East

At the far corner of England, bounded by the Pennines to the west and the Scottish border to the north, are the north-eastern counties of Yorkshire, County Durham, and Tyne and Wear. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of Good Food Guide-listed restaurants in the UK outside of the capital.

Two decades ago, Andrew Pern opened his 14th-century Star at Harome in Yorkshire. Now considered a premier league repository for top regional produce, it is credited with kick starting a thriving foodie scene. Nowadays, throughout the north east, you can find an excellent mix of traditional inns and fine dining pubs, from the Broad Chare in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and the Hare Inn at Scawton to James Mackenzie’s Pipe and Glass Inn, a whitewashed Wolds hostelry that has been transformed into something marvellous.

Leeds is fast becoming a key player on the UK restaurant scene, with Michael O’Hare’s The Man Behind the Curtain being the hardest-to-book restaurant and city’s biggest hitter. The medieval city of York, with its 13th-century walls and beautiful gothic York Minster, lays claim to some excellent quality, mid-price restaurants including Le Cochon Aveugle and the well-established, much-loved Melton’s.

Also top of the tree is County Durham’s Raby Hunt, one of the top-rated restaurants in the UK, showcasing James Close’s razor-sharp modern cooking. All goes to enforce the view that the North East is a magnate for talented chefs whose top priority is to promote the wealth of fantastic produce on their doorstep.

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