If you like: Refined plates from across the world
Then try: 1964, Low Fell
This small family-run place is starting to make waves with its globetrotting fine dining place, which puts jaunty spins on the familiar – see the pan-fried scallops with cauliflower, onion bhaji and spiced shallot dressing. Keep an eye on Kyle Bowman, the young head chef and owner, who earned an AA Rosette at The Inn on the Square in Keswick.
If you like: High class seafood
Then try: Jasper’s Bistro, Amble
There's some confusion as to whether that apostrophe ought to be in there, but a very solid consensus that this is one of the best places to eat on the north Northumberland coast. Seafood is, obviously, a big deal and it’s given all the care and attention the quality produce deserves, and a refined but friendly vibe permeates throughout the place.
If you like: MasterChef finalists doing their thing
Then try: Heaney & Mill, Leeds
This new one in Headingley is headed up by 2012 MasterChef finalist Tom Rennolds, and its combination of French-informed small plates like the confit duck leg gateau, sharing plates of cooked and cured meats and cheeses, and a small, seasonal mains menu which nods to Mediterranean flavours. The light-filled dining room and outdoor terrace are delightful too.