The eagerly anticipated The Good Food Guide by Waitrose & Partners has just been announced, outlining its top restaurants for 2019. The guide ranks some of the finest dining establishments in the country alongside high quality eateries in local areas and neighbourhoods across the country. James Close’s The Raby Hunt in Darlington takes the top ranking spot for the North East making their Top 50 Restaurant Guide, awarded with a cooking score of seven.
The Good Food Guide said, ‘it’s 10 years since former pro-golfer James Close took on this remote 19th-century drovers’ inn, transforming the modest local into a destination restaurant with rooms with glassed-off kitchen, chef’s table and kitchen garden. He sources locally where possible and a single Lindisfarne oyster poached at 62 degrees is an achingly beautiful overture to the 15-course menu – but refuses to be shackled by expectations of regional cooking, instead, he takes diners on a world tour with stop-offs for pristine pork tacos, tender langoustine tempura in a sansho-dusted cloud of batter, and dainty seeded buns of pastrami and black truffle.’
The North East also took another exciting ranking with The Feathers Inn in Hedley on the Hill being awarded as a Best Local Restaurant. They've also just been recognised as one of the best County Dining Pubs 2019 in The Good Pub Guide. Talking about The Feathers Inn, The Good Food Guide says, ‘in their decade at the helm, Rhian Cradock and Helen Greer’s commitment to local suppliers and ethical, sustainable food has become integrated into the very fabric of this welcoming village inn that’s at the heart of its community. A blackboard locates suppliers within the pub’s orbit, while black and white portrait photographs pay homage to these trusted partners and their produce; the seasonal menu emphasises that it’s all about the ingredients.’
It’s exciting news for the North East and Yorkshire foodie scene with plenty of names making headway in the guide. Cumbria saw three of their restaurants on the Top 50 Restaurant Guide with L’Enculme, Forest Side and Lake Road Kitchen all on the list. Yorkshire also sees 11 new entries on the Guide.
The Good Food Guide – Yorkshire
Magpie Cafe, Whitby
No Name, Sheffield
The Pig & Whistle, Beverley
The Moorcock, Sowerby Bridge
Courtyard at Ox Pasture Hall, Scarborough
The Greenhouse Tearoom, York