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This Month's Foodie News From Across The North East and Yorkshire Clockwise from top left: Priory Press | Ad Gefrin | Bertram's | Notes Wine Bar | The Box Tree | Amber's at Cedar Court Hotel
Eat and Drink
May 2024
Reading time 4 Minutes

There's lots going on on the foodie front this month

Here's the latest news from kitchens across the North East and Yorkshire.

Something Old and Something New
Bertram’s in Warkworth has a brand new look and menu but don’t worry, you can still expect the same warm welcome and rustic charm as before, whether you’re stopping in for a delicious breakfast or lunch from the tempting all-day menu, or enjoying their delicious seasonal bistro menu in the evening (served from 5.30pm–9pm). If it’s chilly outside there are not one but two roaring fires to cosy up to, whilst if the sun shines the courtyard is the perfect place for a chilled glass of something as you soak up the sun.

Feel the Heat
Yuvraaj at Douro Terrace in Sunderland has been voted Fine Dining Restaurant of The Year at the Nation’s Curry Awards. The extensive menu offers a wonderful range of classic Indian favourites (with a twist), Bengali specials and signature dishes like their Yuvraaj Special Kumra Gusth; succulent lamb cooked in a thick and spicy sauce.

Cheeky Tipple
The second spirit to be offered by England’s northernmost distillery in Wooler, make sure you try Thirlings Dry Gin this spring. Crafted with meticulous care and using botanicals with a Northumbrian heart and Anglo-Saxon soul, each sip captures the essence of Ad Gefrin’s natural surroundings: heather and pine from the hills, elderberry and dill from the hedgerow, and Irish moss and sea buckthorn from the coast.

Take a Sip

Tynemouth has welcomed a brand new juice and smoothie bar to the village. Priory Press is serving up everything from tropical açai bowls and fresh smoothies to juices and sandwiches. Undeniably delicious and a perfect option for sunny days, the store has already been a hit with locals.

Fiesta Time!

A touch of South American heat has landed in Newcastle this spring. The former Bijoux nightclub on Newcastle’s Mosley Street has undergone a massive transformation to become Motel Mexicana, bringing a Latin vibe to the city which, when completed, will include four floors of entertainment, food and drink and eventually a place to stay.

Read More: Meet The North East Bartender Who Has Been Named One of the Best in The Country

Sugar Rush

If you’re looking for something sweet this spring, there’s no better place to go than Wharf St. Coffee in Bradford. Airy, bright and with plenty of greenery, this is a great spot for relaxing with a coffee and sweet treat (the almond croissants are life-changing).The café also goes above and beyond by putting on regular events like Coffee Cupping workshops so coffee fanatics can learn more about what they’re drinking.

Opulent Dining
Exciting times at Aldwark Manor Estate. The latest offering at the independently owned, luxury Yorkshire hotel is the opening of Chartwell on 8th May. The fine-dining restaurant will offer an unparalleled dining experience and you can expect tasting menus brimming with culinary masterpieces using locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. Elevate your experience with perfectly-paired wines or enjoy the ultimate treat with an overnight stay at this beautiful hotel, just 15 miles from Harrogate and York.

Bigger is Better
Get ready for the opening of Europe’s biggest purpose-built food hall in Sheffield. Cambridge Street Collective (opening in May) is a one-stop-shop for foodies, boasting an incredible range of 20 restaurants to choose from with cuisines from around the world including Vnam, an authentic Vietnamese restaurant which specialises in fresh and delicious Pho, and Baity Palestinian Kitchen, a restaurant bringing delicious Palestinian dishes to the local community.

In With the New
The Box Tree in Ilkley, an award-winning restaurant which has been running for more than 50 years, has recently appointed Brayden Davies as its new head chef. The Australian native plans to bring subtle influences from down under, as well as championing locally-foraged ingredients. Brayden has already established himself as a culinary force of nature, working in kitchens at Raby Hunt, Northcote Manor and Grantley Hall. He now has his sights set firmly on achieving his own Michelin star at The Box Tree.

High Note

Are you a fan of York’s Fish & Forest? Because we certainly are! In his newest venture, head chef and founder Stephen Andrews will be opening Notes Wine Bar on Micklegate this May in the same location as the restaurant, as the restaurant itself relocates to Grape Lane. Intended as a relaxed and comfortable space, you’ll be able to enjoy a carefully-curated selection of wines from across the globe. Staying true to form, there will also be a small menu of well-thought-out snacks and nibbles to enjoy.

Lady of the House

Head to Cedar Court Hotel for Harrogate’s latest restaurant opening, Amber’s. Expect a modern take on classic British dishes with a focus on high-quality ingredients from across Yorkshire. With a stunning interior carefully curated by award-winning designers Studio Two, and a well-stocked bar (with a delicious signature margarita to boot), it’s definitely one to try.

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