Best in the North East

All the North East's best restaurants


Just off the A19 in North Yorkshire
Very attractive pub/restaurant with rooms
1 Michelin star, 4 AA rosettes

House of Tides
Kenny Atkinson's casual fine dining restaurant on Newcastle's Quayside
1 Michelin star, 4 AA rosettes  

Modern British, boutique hotel in Newcastle (Jesmond) 
3 AA rosettes

The Man Behind The Curtain
Michael O'Hare's eccentric, brilliant cooking in Leeds
Tasting menu, 1 Michelin star  

Peace & Loaf
Skilled, innovative cooking from Masterchef finalist
Tasting menu  

The Raby Hunt
Modern European, near Darlington, County Durham
Extraordinary modern cooking - dinner only, except Sat
2 Michelin stars


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Reliable modern British bistro, Newcastle Quayside

The Bay Horse
Relaxed gastropub near Darlington

Great little bistro in Jesmond


Café Lilli
Modern Italian, Greek and French influence, Norton


Caffè Vivo 

Modern Italian, café feel, Newcastle Quayside


Cal's Own  
Authentic Neapolitan pizzas in Jesmond

The Crathorne Arms

Excellent gastropub near Middlesbrough

Tiny fine dining spot in Durham

The Feathers Inn
Award-winning Northumberland gastropub

The Garden House Inn
Excellent gastropub in Durham city

Modern fine dining Indian restaurant in Ponteland  

Hei Hei
Modern mainland Chinese - Newcastle Central

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill 
Consistently good brasserie, chain, Central Newcastle

The Patricia
  Excellent cooking from chef Nick Grieves in local (Jesmond) neighbourhood restaurant

  Very fine dining from chef Richard Allen

  Authentic Keralan cuisine, Newcastle Quayside





Modern British cooking with local, seasonal ingredients, in contemporary art gallery

A Taste of Persia 
Authentic Iranian, Central Newcastle and Jesmond

Barrio Comida
Great tacos and a wonderful view on Newcastle's quayside 

Bouchon Bistrot
Authentic French bistro in the middle of Hexham 

The Brasserie at Sage Gateshead
Tiny menu, noisy, impersonal ambience, but good cooking with great value

The Bridge Tavern
Newcastle's latest gastropub, with its own microbrewery, Quayside

The Broad Chare 
Newcastle's first real gastropub, consistently good, Quayside

The ubiquitous chain finally hits Newcastle - with very good burgers 

Chez Mal Brasserie (Malmaison Hotel) 
Classic Frenglish brasserie fare overlooking MIllennium Bridge

Chilli Padi  
Tiny Malaysian cafe - authentic cooking, no alcohol licence

Colmans Seafood Temple
Great sea views from every table in South Shields fish restaurant 

Dobson & Parnell
Interesting new fine dining restaurant near Newcastle's Quayside

Dosa Kitchen  (not currently open)

Pop-up South Indian restaurant within an office block

   Doxford Hall 
Country house hotel, modern British, local ingredients, North Northumberland

The Duck House
Fun fine dining and some modernist whizz in pretty Corbridge restaurant  

Quirky, laid back Ouseburn café bar

 Traditional restaurant, interesting, modern menu in Durham city

Ponteland Italian (Sardinian) great pizzas and pasta, welcoming, family-friendly

The French Quarter
Authentic French food and good wine in this central Newcastle restaurant/wine bar
Mediterranean wine bar and restaurant in Fenwick's Food Hall, Newcastle 

Harissa Mediterranean Kitchen
Healthy and delicious Mediterranean food in lovely modern restaurant  

 Geordie comfort food in bright Whitley Bay seafront restaurant

Handmade Lamian noodles and interesting Chinese menu

The Jolly Fisherman
Fantastic sea views, great food at this atmospheric gastropub in Craster

Great little Spanish tapas & wine bar, with good selection of sherry  

Great chilli dogs, burgers and bowling in this fun Central Newcastle venue

Las Iguanas 
Mexican/South American, chain, but reliable, bustling, Central Newcastle

La Yuan
Calm, classy Sichuan restaurant in Newcastle city centre 

Lollo Rosso  
Jolly, atmospheric local Italian with good seafood

The Lord Crewe Arms
Medieval inn in Blanchland with old British recipes reinterpreted by former head chef at HIx Soho 

Matfen Hall
Greatly improved country house hotel restaurant, near Corbridge

Family Italian, great for kids, Morpeth

The Morritt Hotel
Ambitious cooking in a hotel restaurant near Barnard Castle 

Lively, modern, fun brasserie in Yarm 

The Northumberland Arms
Comfortable gastropub near Morpeth with rooms and modern British food 

The Old Boat House
Destination fish restaurant/bistro in Amble, right on the harbour 

Omni Café
Small Whitley Bay café with Asian tapas in the evening

Painted Elephant
"Modern Bohemian" vegan restaurant in Central Newcastle 

Pleased To Meet You
Classy French-ish cooking with great ingredients in city centre gastrobar

Porterhouse Butcher & Grill
Dry-aged steaks and a broad, interesting menu at latest Laybourne venue 

The Potted Lobster
Great seafood restaurant in Bamburgh 

Riley's Fish Shack
Ultimate view and good fish at this tiny beach restaurant in Tynemouth

The Roxburgh
Tiny Whitley Bay café with home-cooked food - dog and family friendly  

The Rat Inn 

Atmospheric gastropub with view, near Hexham 

talian (Authentic Sardinian), good winelist, Newcastle Quayside

Saltwater Fish Company
Terry Laybourne's fishmonger-cum-fish bar in Fenwick's new food hall

Seaham Hall (Byron's Bar and Grill) 
Some excellent cooking from Simon Bolsover at this smart hotel restaurant

Atmospheric family-run Indian restaurant on Newcastle's Quayside 

Great view from the Baltic art gallery, Modern British, overlooks Millennium Bridge 

Sky Apple Café 
Gastro-vegetarian, tiny, great value, Newcastle (Heaton)

The Grind
Great burgers in a fun, city centre bar 

The Staith House
Former Masterchef finalist John Calton's gastropub on North Shields Fish Quay

Starks Kitchen
Modern café/restaurant in Heaton with some great cooking 

St Mary's Inn
New gastropub near Morpeth, from the owners of Jesmond Dene House 

Tapas Revolution
Celebrity chef Omar Allibhoy brings his authentic Spanish chain to Newcastle

Thai House Café
Some authentic hot and spicy Thai food in informal city centre café

Classic French technique, good ingredients and a great cheeseboard in Darlington 

Tyneside Bar Café
Informal, buzzy, city bar with proper food, part of Tyneside Cinema
Vallum Farm (formerly David Kennedy)
Modern British, local ingredients, Tyne Valley
Italian restaurant in Hexham with some excellent cooking

Abbie Atkinson's classy café on Newcastle Quayside

Smart, long-established curry house with wide range of regional dishes    

Wynyard Hall (Wellington Restaurant)
Grand country house hotel, overbearing ambience, food improving, Tees Valley

Zucchini Pasta Bar
Fresh pasta bar in the middle of Newcastle, with delicious sauces and sides
Welcoming Hexham curry house with some very good cooking


12 Harland Place
Popular local
café/restaurant in Norton Village, Stockton

Bustling Indian, part of famous Bradford chain, Newcastle Central and Middlesbrough

Al Buco
Friendly, family-run Italian in Newcastle city centre with authentic Puglian food 

Modern Japanese cuisine in swish Newcastle Quayside late bar

Baba Yaga
Newcastle's only Polish restaurant - hearty, homely, inexpensive cooking,

The Barrasford Arms
Village gastropub with simple, no frills cooking, Tyne Valley 

Beadnell Towers
 Friendly village hotel with good traditional British food

Bealim House
Gastropub with its own gin still, and straightforward bistro food 

Good quality barbecue meat in Newcastle city centre smokehouse 

Bistro 62
British cooking in Bedlington neighbourhood bistro 

Blackfriars Restaurant
Gutsy British food in a medieval friary

The Black Horse
Eclectic British menu in eccentric Boldon pub run by former punk band front man  

Extravagantly decorated bar inside Newcastle's Assembly Rooms

The Bottle Shop Bar & Kitchen
Interesting well-prepared small plates in trendy gastrobar with great beers

Modern, attractive dishes in bright Ponteland restaurant 

The Bridgewater Arms
6 miles from Barnard Castle, classic, stylish cooking in atmospheric gastropub   

Café Royal
Newcastle caf
é renowned for afternoon teas, but also does good lunches

Cena Trattoria
Modern Italian café in Yarm 

Central Oven & Shaker 
Good Neapolitan-style pizzas opposite Newcastle's Central Station 

Chefs' Academy
Restaurant run by students from Newcastle College - during academic term only   

The Cherry Tree 
Reliable but unsurprising Modern British, Newcastle (Jesmond)

Classy fish and chip restaurant in South Shields - not open evenings

Colonel Porter's Emporium
Wildly furnished gastrobar near the Quayside in Newcastle  

Cook House
Daytime café/kitchen in a shipping container in the Ouseburn, with supper clubs

 Dabbawal (Jesmond)
Indian street food in the suburbs of Jesmond. Atmospheric and fun. 

Comfortable Italian/French/English fare in Sunderland

Hamburgers and pizza in Newcastle bar with a 'cool, punky, urban vibe'

The Duke of Wellington Inn 
Tyne Valley gastropub (change of chef since review)

The Earl of Pitt Street
Quirky gastropub offshoot of Electric East close to St James' Park

Elder and Wolf
Small, atmospheric cafe/restaurant in centre of Whitley Bay  

Eslington Villa
Good value reliable British cooking in comfortable family-run hotel 

Eshott Hall 
Country house comfort with classic British menu near Morpeth

The Fat Hippo/Fat Hippo Underground
Simple burger restaurants in Jesmond and Central Newcastle 

The Fork in the Road
Not-for-profit restaurant in Teesside with solid British cooking 

The Funky Indian
Indian tapas in Sunderland basement restaurant 

The Granby Inn
Village gastropub with some very good cooking from 2016 NE Chef of the Year  

Harbour Lights  
South Shields gastropub (warning: former Masterchef runner-up chef has now left) 

Harry's Bar & Brasserie
Huge Newcastle city centre venue, with some good cooking and some not so much

Holystone Lodge & Restaurant  [CLOSED]

Grills, fish and some great Greek cooking off the Northumbrian beaten track

The Hudson (County Hotel)
Pleasant hotel brasserie right opposite Newcastle's Central Station

Jamie's Italian
   Rustic Italian from big efficient chain, with Big Love from the celebrity chef

Latimer's Seafood Deli & Café
Wonderfully fresh seafood by the sea in this tiny unlicensed County Durham café

Little Italy 
Small Italian cafe/deli in heart of Newcastle's historic Grainger Market

Longhorns Barbecue Smokehouse
Beer and smoked beef and pork on huge planks - no table service or napkins

Longsands Fish Kitchen
Small, ambitious fish restaurant in Tynemouth, open all day

Lost and Found
Attractive Pan-Asian restaurant in former Heaton antiques shop  

Meet & Treat
Atmospheric little pan-Asian cafe in Newcastle's Chinatown 

The Mizen Head
Comfortable modern restaurant in Bamburgh, specialising in mussels and fish  

Nadon Thai (Morpeth)
Tiny Thai above a Morpeth fish and chip shop

Nadon Thai (Newcastle)
Good Thai food in Newcastle - at last

Central Newcastle, Japanese, noodles and sushi

The Pheasant Inn
Unfussy, solid cooking with local, seasonal ingredients in pub near Kielder 

Quay Ingredient
Excellent little coffee house on Newcastle Quayside, with very good breakfasts 

Interesting Gastro-Indian, close to the Sage Gateshead and Hilton Hotel

Red's True Barbecue
 Newcastle branch of barbecue chain - good brisket

River Beat
Thai tapas on the Tyne - pan Asian small and large plates 

River Café On The Tyne
Modern British, good for fish, intimate, North Shields Fish Quay   

Rosa Twelve
Family-run Low Fell Italian bistro with pizza, pasta, and a happy atmosphere

The Running Fox
Classy café in Felton near Morpeth, with great pies and generous afternoon teas 
Traditional Punjabi cuisine in Central Newcastle

Sea Salt 
Small, bright restaurant in Amble with some good cooking

 Shark Club Gastro Bar 
Fun sports bar with authentic American/Canadian grill food, Newcastle Central

Cocktail bar with some good cooking on Newcastle's quayside 

The Town Wall
Big elder sister of The Bridge Tavern gastropub, close to Central Station

Turtle Bay 
Lively, colourful Caribbean chain in Newcastle city centre

Viva Brazil
Brazilian-style Churrascaria (all you can eat grilled meat) in Newcastle

Walwick Hall Hotel
Boutique hotel close to Hadrian's Wall with some very good cooking 

The Wood Oven
Friendly local pizzeria in Wylam with sourdough pizza and a great attitude

Wylam Brewery
The brewery's gastropub in Newcastle's beautifully renovated Palace of Arts 

Reliable Thai chain restaurant in Newcastle city centre