If you like: Hifalutin beer experts
Then try: Beeronomy, Newcastle
Mordue Brewery have had their eyes on a place to open their first bar for a while, and now they’ve nabbed a spot on Hood Street, next door to Vivienne Westwood near Theatre Royal. Rhian Cradock from countryside gastro super-pub The Feathers Inn at Hedley-on-the-Hill is sorting out the menu, and there’ll be a beer sommelier to match bevs with the food. You’ll have to wait a bit to try it, though – they’re aiming for a pre-Christmas opening. (NB: At the time of writing, beeronomy is not a recognised scientific pursuit.)
If you like: Bars which state clearly what they’re going to do and then deliver it
Then try: Hops and Cheese, Hartlepool
Pretty Ronseal, this one: the beers rotate more regularly than the names on Arsenal’s teamsheet for a third round League Cup tie at Rotherham United (Bad Co, Settle Brewery, Three Brothers and Alex Iwobi Tiny Rebel have been on lately), and they do are cheeses from all over Britain and Europe. Plus, they do fancy scotch eggs powered by chorizo, black pudding or wild boar.
If you like: Fancy pizzas in fancier warehouses
Then try: Water Lane Boathouse, Leeds
This is the most Leeds-y place we’ve heard about in a while. Fancy-Dan sourdough pizzas done in a proper oven, hot and cold sandwiches made with bread from in-house bakery Small Victories, meat and veggie sharing boards and vitamin-packed fruit bowls are on the menu at this converted warehouse. It’s an almost infinitely dense point of Nouveau Leeds-ness.
If you like: Lean gains
Then try: Nourish, Sheffield
The deal here is healthy fast food: there are wraps, smoothies, baked sweet potatoes with toppings like Moroccan meatballs and supergreens with kimchi, as well as gym bro-friendly takes on classics like porridge with chia jam and superfood-boosted scrambled eggs. BYO protein shakes.