If you like: Camembert and crispy bacon
Then try: The Wandering Duck, Darlington
The Wandering Duck offers cosy and relaxed drinking and dining, whether you’re grabbing breakfast on your way to work, breaking-up your shopping trip for lunch with friends, or enjoying an evening meal by sampling a variety of meats, cheese and meze from their sharing platters. We’re sold on the whole baked garlic and rosemary camembert with crispy bacon and thick cut artisan bread for dunking.
If you like: Small plates from around the world
Then try: Ora, Tynemouth
For those of us who struggle to pick just one dish from a menu, tapas is the ideal solution. Tynemouth’s Ora has an extensive tapas selection, from your classic seafood paella – stuffed to the brim with mussels, chorizo, squid and prawns – to Catalan chicken, confit pork belly and traditional Chinese prawn dumplings and crispy duck pancakes. Make the most of the seaside location and dine al fresco in the outdoor seating area, while taking advantage of the two-for-one cocktails.
If you like: Modern dining in a historic setting
Then try: The Old Deanery, Ripon
Home to the Dean of Ripon from the 17th century until the Second World War, The Old Deanery is full original features, history (and apparently a ghost or two). It’s also home to a fantastic restaurant. If the 60 day-aged sirloin with blue cheese sauce and hand-cut chips isn’t up your street, opt for the tuna and pine nut meatballs on a bed of tomato and fennel tagliatelle. After something lighter? The Yorkshire board has a pork pie, slice of brie, chicken liver paté, sourdough, cornbread and chutney — delicious.