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Places to Eat and Drink and an Interactive Cooking Show to See in the North East

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Eat and Drink
September 2022
Reading time 3 Minutes

A tasty date for your diary, new places to eat and drink, and a place for top tapas

Here’s everything to know this month.
Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad cooking


An Extra Good Night with Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad
27th September, Tyne Theatre & Opera House

Renowned chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad are bringing their brand new, interactive cooking show to Newcastle this September. Live on stage, they will take you through the latest Ottolenghi cookbook, Extra Good Things, and the ways in which everyday ingredients can be transformed into dishes with oomph. You’ll get the chance to learn how to ‘Ottolenghify’ your meals and the opportunity to ask the experts for their tips and tricks.

Simply Served

At the rear of The Cookie Jar, a cosy retreat in the heart of Alnwick, you’ll find The Bistro restaurant which serves simple and locally-sourced food. Welcoming both residents and guests each evening from 6pm, expect dishes such as oven roasted lamb rump, miso marinated hake and butternut squash gnocchi. Afternoon tea is also a favourite here, served with a selection of British loose teas or fizz if you’re wanting to celebrate, and the tiered stands are filled with a range of delicate sandwiches, tarts, homemade scones and a number of cakes and sweat treats.

Leading the Way

Business co-owner and front of house manager Siân Buchan, from Restaurant Pine in Northumberland has recently been included in CODE Hospitality’s 100 Most Influential Women In Hospitality for 2022. Each year, CODE champions women in every part of the hospitality industry from sommeliers to human resources, chefs and PRs, and Siân is the only individual representing Northumberland in this year’s list. Read our review of Restaurant Pine here.

Top Tapas

Get a taste of Spain at El Castillo (part of The Auckland Project) in the heart of Bishop Auckland’s Market Place and enjoy a relaxed dining experience with great food from a menu which celebrates modern tapas-style dining. Expect unfussy, heart-warming dishes such as cured ham croquetas with chorizo aioli, braised octopus in white wine and classic patatas bravas – plus a number of delicious desserts like Catalan crème with orange shortbread. Make sure you order a drink or two from their tempting, Spanish-inspired sangria and cocktail menu too.

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