If you like: A slice of old coastal life
Then try: Low Lights Tavern, North Shields
If you’ve been to the Staith House, then you’ve been mackerel-chucking distance of this old seaman’s inn. Obviously we love the Staithy very much, but Low Lights Tavern is a little gem: with the fire in, ales from the likes of local brewers Three Kings and utterly stonking pies with beef dripping chips (there are veggie options too), proper mushy peas and gravy, you can see why fishermen getting off their boats used to get them to open up at 3am so they could have a quick pint before bed.
If you like: Zeitgeisty seasonality
Then try: Wallis & Co, Hartlepool
The friendly vibe and fresh, seasonal look to the menu make this place stand out, especially when you clock North East favourites like the smoked haddock with spinach and poached egg served with pan haggerty. There’s a zeitgeisty feel to the mains too, like the cranberry, pecan and kale protein bowl with fresh salmon and tahini.
If you like: Pakoras, chana masala, dhal makhani and a side of charity
Then try: Manjit's Kitchen, Leeds
This Punjabi street food place in Kirkgate Market is massively popular and beloved already, we know, but the last couple of weeks have pushed it into the stratosphere. Manjit herself has co-ordinated a huge raffle in aid of Simon On The Streets, a charity which helps people who are sleeping rough, with prizes donated from foodie spots across Yorkshire and beyond. Look them up on Twitter (@Manjitskitchen) for more info on where to get tickets.