Restaurants

Top Choice Deli in Barnard Castle

Cross Lanes Organic Farm Shop

Sheep graze on the grass-covered roof of this award-winning farm shop and cafe 1.5 miles south of Barnard Castle. The cavernous interior brims with all-organic produce; breakfasts (home-cured bacon, homemade sausage…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

House of Tides

A 16th-century merchant's house is now the home of Newcastle's most celebrated restaurant. Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson (a past two-time winner of the BBC's Great British Menu) works with premium ingredients…
Top Choice Gastropub in Craster

Jolly Fisherman

Crab (in sensational soup, sandwiches, fish platters and more) is the speciality of this superb gastropub, but Paul Bocuse–trained chef John Blackmore's other amazing creations include roast pheasant with tarragon m…
Top Choice Modern British in Bamburgh

Mizen Head

Bamburgh's best place to eat and/or stay is this stunning restaurant with rooms. Local seafood – lobster thermidor, roast turbot with asparagus, tarragon and lemon butter – is the kitchen's speciality, along with ch…
Top Choice Deli in Corbridge

Corbridge Larder

Gourmet picnic fare at this fabulous deli includes bread, over 100 varieties of cheese, chutneys, cakes, chocolates and wine (you can get hampers made up) as well as made-to-order sandwiches, pies, quiches, tarts, a…
Top Choice Deli in County Durham

Knitsley Farm Shop & Cafe

It's worth stopping off 12 miles northwest of Durham en route to Northumberland National Park and Hadrian's Wall to stock up on Knitsley Farm Shop's incredible cheeses, meats, fruits, veggies, homemade sweets, biscu…
Top Choice French in Hexham

Bouchon Bistrot

Hexham may be an unlikely setting for some true fine dining, but this Gallic affair has an enviable reputation. Classically inspired dishes range from proper French onion soup with gruyère or garlic snails to pan-fr…
Top Choice Gastropub in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Broad Chare

Spiffing English classics and splendid cask ales are served in the dark-wood bar and mezzanine of this perfect gastropub. Starters such as crispy pig ears, pork pies and venison terrine are followed by mains includi…
Top Choice British in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Blackfriars

A 12th-century friary is the atmospheric setting for 'modern medieval' cuisine. Check the table-mat map for the provenance of your cod, woodpigeon or rare-breed pork. Everything else is made from scratch on site, in…
Burgers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Fat Hippo

Humongous burgers arrive on wooden planks with stainless-steel buckets of triple-fried, hand-cut chips at this local success story. Stinky Pete comes with blue cheese, jalapeño peppers and red-onion jam; 4x4 has a w…