Palate Freshener: Pizza in the park, gastropubs and an authentic Indian

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A reborn pizza place in Leazes Park, French classicist gastropub flair in Teesdale and authentic curries from Kerala in Leeds

If you like: Local seafood 
Then try: The Tower Café, Newcastle
No, not that Tower Café in Ouseburn, the one that’s to be knocked down for more student flats; this is the reborn Tower Café by the boating lake in Leazes Park. It’s moved addresses but its MO – really good pizzas at really, really good prices and with a good-vibes-only sort of feel – is unchanged. It’s open 10am to 5pm, so a late, lazy lunch is recommended, especially if you’re taking advantage of their BYOB policy.

If you like: Refined gastropubs
Then try: The Bridgewater Arms, Winston
This pub near Gainford in Teesdale has been in the Good Food Guide in the very recent past, with its carefully tended, straight-down-the-line French classicist dishes like confit leg of duck with wild garlic mash and red wine sauce or grilled Dover sole being joined by more adventurous plates like pan-fried wild turbot fillet on tiger prawn, pancetta and wild garlic risotto.

If you like: An authentic Indian
Then try: Tharavadu, Leeds
These regulars in the Michelin (2016, 2017, 2018) and Good Food Guide (2017) have won shelves of awards and are generally regarded as the curryhouse to beat in Leeds. Following the culinary traditions of Kerala, a state on the south-western coast of India, attention to detail and to authenticity is what’s made Tharavadu’s name.

Published in: October 2017

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