If you like: A bit of je ne sais quoi
Then try: The French Quarter, Newcastle
Working to challenge assumptions of French food as fussy and pretentious, The French Quarter is bringing a touch of Parisian chic to the region. Tucked into Newcastle’s iconic railway arches, the menu is innovative but relaxed, tapas–style. We’re already dreaming of the Brochette de lotte, which for those of you who aren't well versed in the language of love, translates as Monkfish skewer with chorizo, cherry tomato and red onion. Bon Appétit!
If you like: Michelin magic
Then try: The Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
Located in Summerhouse near Darlington, The Raby Hunt has recently retained its prestigious two-star Michelin rating in the Michelin Guide 2019. Alongside Newcastle-based restaurant House of Tides (which has also kept its one-star Michelin rating), the restaurant has been praised for its commitment to providing culinary excellence and pushing the boundaries in the gastronomic world. Offering a tour de force of taste, Head Chef James Close is renowned for his simple yet highly original dishes such as razor clam, almond and celeriac main and black olive, chocolate and sheep’s yoghurt dessert.
If you like: Fine dining
Then try: 1910, Whitley Bay
Paying homage to Spanish City’s original year of opening, 1910 provides the three S’s–steak, seafood and spectacular scenery. Led by chef Alan O’Kane, the restaurant offers a menu that boasts only the finest ingredients and is perfect for those wishing to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic date night. If you're feeling indulgent, why not try the Native Grilled Lobster, with queenie scallops and tiger prawns? Served with garlic, parsley and almond butter and a side of heritage potatoes.