Our Pick of New Restaurants to Try Across the North East
The North East is filled with fantastic places to dine and we've picked the best new restaurants to add to your foodie bucket list
Beadnell, Chathill NE67 5FD
Just 100 yards from Beadnell’s vast sweeping bay, this new foodie destination is already proving popular. Serving from breakfast through to dinner and drinks, this laid-back restaurant is a perfect just-off-the-beach oasis serving everything from hot drinks to an evening menu which includes oysters, steak and seabass, and a lemon sponge pud.
Charlton Hall, Chathill, Alnwick NE67 5DZ
Taking its name from the Latin for time, The Tempus is a unique boutique destination on the Charlton Hall estate, with 15 new rooms, a sumptuous bar and a restaurant. The eclectic menu has tempting dishes which range from lobster Thermidor and tuna steak to five-spice duck and steak from the grill, and the Signature cocktails include the intriguing-sounding Smile Without a Cat and The Great Puzzle.
4–6 Main Street, Ponteland
In the centre of Ponteland the old Barclays bank has undergone a massive refurbishment to become Ateesh, a stylish restaurant packed with Instagram-friendly features, from the design-led lighting to the fake cherry blossom trees which hover above the blue velvet booths and marble-topped tables. Luckily it’s not a case of style over substance – Ateesh’s carefully-crafted Middle Eastern dishes are really good. Start with a selection of mezze (served with freshly-baked flatbread), and don’t miss the Aleppo king prawns.
63 Quayside, Newcastle
0191 338 7989
Midway between the Tyne and Millennium bridges, Chart House is a new Quayside restaurant and bar set over three floors with views over the Tyne. Head to the bar for bespoke cocktails inspired by flavours of the Mediterranean, Arabian and South China seas, or head upstairs to the bistro to enjoy a range of small plates including crispy calamari, salt and pepper chicken and pan-fried king prawns.
6–10 Bowsden Terrace, Gosforth NE3 1RX
0191 243 5240
Serving thoughtful comfort food and low intervention wines inspired by their love of France, this neighbourhood brasserie is the second restaurant from Nick Grieves (the man behind The Patricia). Pre-dinner snacks include Lindisfarne oysters whilst confit of duck, wild garlic-stuffed pork belly and Cornish pollock are served for mains.
11 Main Street, Ponteland
After sadly having to close their Michelin Guide-listed restaurant Eleven, Bawn is the new venture from the same team, and in the same location in the heart of Ponteland.This time they’re offering up a selection of seasonal small plates alongside New York-style sourdough pizza – check out our review here to see what we thought when we went down to try it.
2–6 Market Street, Newcastle
0191 260 3600
In a Grade-II listed building on the corner of Pilgrim Street, the recently opened Gaucho restaurant brings a taste of Argentina to the North East. Dine on sustainable steaks alongside premium Argentinian wines before indulging in cleverly crafted drinks in the late-night cocktail bar. There’s plenty on the menu here but the steaks are the highlight, especially with a side of creamed mash potato – you can thank us later.
Reform Place, North Road, Durham DH1 4RZ
0191 374 1123
In the heart of Durham, Michelin Guide-recommend restaurant Coarse serves an affordable and accessible six-course tasting menu using local and seasonal ingredients. Head chef and co-owner Ruari MacKay started his career training under Michelin-starred chef Terry Laybourne at Jesmond Dene House, so you know the food is going to be good.
17 Sandhill, Newcastle NE1 3AF
0191 222 1112
Meaning goddess of the sea, Aruna is a seafood and southern American restaurant located on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside. Expect fresh lobster, crab and salmon, as well as charcoal grill dishes such as sirloin steaks, chicken and waffles and cajun mac and cheese. Wash it all down with a Louisiana-inspired cocktail created by their in-house mixologist.
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29 Silver Street, Durham DH1 3RD
0191 380 5451
The debut restaurant of Jake and Laura Siddle, who both previously worked at Kenny Atkinson’s Michelin-starred restaurant House of Tides, Faru offers a 10-course tasting menu in the heart of Durham. The menu begins with a selection of snacks followed by carefully prepared dishes – there’s also a wine flight available alongside.
Forge at Middleton Lodge Estate
Kneeton Lane, Middleton Tyas, Richmond DL10 6NJ
Fine dining is back at Middleton Lodge Estate as Forge reopens its doors with Jake Jones at the head of the kitchen. The team bring an estate-to-plate approach to their dishes as well as using ingredients from local suppliers to ensure the freshest of flavours. Sample the 10-course tasting menu and enjoy the likes of Thumbelina carrot tartlet, chalk stream trout and forced rhubarb and apple marigold, alongside an optional wine pairing.