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foodie places Wisteria Kitchen, Blue Pavilion, Flat Iron
Eat and Drink
January 2024
Reading time 3 Minutes

From fabulous new restaurants to delicious coffee shops, there's plenty of new spots to try across the North East and Yorkshire

Here's what you need to know.

New with a View 

Transforming an old tram shelter in Seaham, the much-anticipated new venue from Blacks Corner has opened its doors. Championing local and home-grown British ingredients and farm produce, the menus (like Blacks Corner’s other outposts) will showcase cheese, wine and charcuterie, with added seafood small plates such as Lindisfarne oysters and crab crostinis.

Floral Fancies 

Offering everything from decadent cakes and takeaway coffees to breakfasts, boozy brunches and evening meals, the newly opened Wisteria Kitchen in East Boldon has something for everyone. The menu has a mix of influences, including South African, Japanese, Korean and Malaysian, and we love the striking floral decor and hanging wisteria both inside and out.

From Day to Night 

The legends that brought us York’s popular daytime restaurant and café Partisan, have opened a new casual dining restaurant, Brancusi, just three doors down on Micklegate. Former Partisan head chef James Gilroy is at the helm of the kitchen, serving dishes using seasonal and fresh ingredients from neighbouring farmers and community growers. Find the likes of artichoke heart tartine, pheasant goujons, beef short rib and venison pie on the menu.

High Steaks 

Renowned steak restaurant Flat Iron has opened the doors to its first Northern venue in Leeds, and it was only natural since Yorkshire is home to the Flat Iron herd. The menu, led by the signature flat iron steak, includes everything from beef-dripping chips and crispy bone marrow garlic mash to creamed spinach sides, plus specials such as a béarnaise beef cheeseburger and a Wagyu cut of the day.

NYC Style 

Manahatta, a new New York-inspired bar and kitchen has opened in the heart of Newcastle with plenty of glitz and glamour and an extensive cocktail menu (we love the Queen of Hearts martini with bramble gin and hibiscus foam), alongside small plates and mains, there’s plenty on offer here. Looking to celebrate? Book a table for bottomless brunch, or try one of the cocktail trees, perfect to share with friends. Head to to check out our review. 

New in Blue 

Blue Pavilion is Leeds’ new oriental fine-dining restaurant which brings together culinary artistry and heritage using the finest ingredients and time-honoured techniques. Expect everything from dumplings, dim sum and vegetable tempura to rice and noodle dishes, or try the set menu where you can enjoy a platter of dim sum followed by Blue Pavilion’s signature duck with caviar, grilled Chilean seabass or steak in Mongolian sauce.

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