2021’s Michelin Guide has just been revealed – here are the North East listings
The Michelin man is back in town! Here are the restaurants you need to go to post-lockdown for your fine dining fix
By Brittany Heeley
HLN has got you covered with this handy guide for where to find some of the tastiest meals in the region.
Hot on the heels of this week’s 2021 Michelin Guide announcement – we’ve rounded up which restaurants across the country have been anointed with the pièce de resistance of culinary achievements. Time to get planning your post-lockdown meals out…
MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS
THE ONLY MICHELIN STAR IN NORTHUMBERLAND… HJEM
Hjem (pronounced “yem”) has become Northumberland’s first Michelin star restaurant. With its gorgeous Scandinavian menu and country inn setting, this eatery is well worth a visit when restrictions allow.
The restaurant is tucked away in The Hadrian Hotel and only has 24-seats, so making a reservation before you go is a must!
If you like the sound of baked cod with mussels and dill, Northumbrian roe deer with fermented cherries, hazelnuts and chives, or horseradish sorbet with apple and lavender caramel (all listed as speciality dishes), then book yourself a table.
Plus, there’s an added bonus for wine lovers as each dish is paired with a glass to complement the taste. What a treat!
IF YOU ENJOY MODERN BRITISH CUISINE…HOUSE OF TIDES, NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE
House of Tides has been awarded a Michelin star for high-quality cooking that is ‘worth a stop!’ Some of their specialist dishes include roast monkfish with caviar, salt-aged lamb with turnips and a coconut parfait served with white chocolate mousse, mango, and passion fruit.
IF YOU ENJOY REGIONAL CUISINE AND SEAFOOD… SHAUN RANKIN AT GRANTLEY HALL, RIPON
Located within the luxurious Grantley Hall Hotel, chef Shaun Rankin is said to have a creative and modern tasting menu that offers a variety of fish dishes.
The majority of their produce is homegrown, coming from within a 20-mile radius, which is perfect for anyone who prefers locally-sourced goods.
IF YOU ENJOY BRITISH AND REGIONAL CUISINE… STAR INN AT HAROME
Star Inn at Harome is another spot that has been recognised for its high-quality cooking. The pub is loved by locals and valued for its specialty black pudding and roast turbot with damson frangipane. Get this one on your bucket list!
IF YOU ENJOY A FAMILY TRIP OUT… THE ANGEL, HETTON
Situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Angel is a stone inn that offers modernised classics, as well as an exciting menu for the kids. Well worth a stop on your next post-COVID family day out.
MICHELIN PLATE RESTAURANTS
IF YOU ENJOY FRESH AIR AND HEARTY GRUB… FINBARR’S, DURHAM
Finbarr’s is situated in a converted farm building on the outskirts of Durham. Its rustic surroundings and stylish design have been awarded the Michelin plate for good cooking, making it another great spot for post-lockdown dining.
With locally-sourced ingredients and a wide range of dining options, there’s something for everyone. If you’re local, they’ve even released a Valentine’s Day special dine-at-home menu, which is available to collect. Check out their Facebook page for more information.
IF YOU ENJOY THE BARBECUE SIZZLE AND A RIVER VIEW… TRÄKOL, NEWCASTLE
Träkol has been awarded the Michelin plate in recognition of its good cooking, while also being praised for its beautiful riverfront location and the availability of outdoor seating.
This Quayside haunt is always one of our first choices if we’re wanting an evening meal while gazing across the river, listening to the ambient sizzle of our incoming barbeque delights. What an absolute dream!
IF YOU ENJOY TASTY CLASSICS AND A MODERN DESIGN… 21, NEWCASTLE QUAYSIDE
21 is a modern bistro that offers an imaginative twist on classic dishes such as steak “au poivre” (with generous amounts of black pepper), and stone bass with a Ratatouille-style sauce balanced with the subtle flavour of saffron rice.
The Quayside restaurant also has a large selection of gin which, in our humble opinion, is the best way to start off your evening meal. We’re already dreaming of how incredible our post-lockdown meals out are going to be – why not make 21 your first stop?
IF YOU ENJOY SEASONAL TREATS… COOK HOUSE, NEWCASTLE
This relaxed restaurant – which was set up by local food blogger Anna Hedworth – is largely centered around seasonal treats cooked on the hibachi barbeque. Cook House is a great spot to work, rest and play, all while tucking into a delicious dish.
IF YOU ENJOY A BISTRO WITH MEDITERRANEAN INFLUENCES… THE PATRICIA, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE
The Patricia has been recognised for its quality cooking and being good value for money. Simple yet effective, The Patricia is ideal if you get a sudden culinary craving while out and about in Jesmond.
IF YOU ENJOY LOCAL AND SEASONAL DISHES… BISTRO FORTY-SIX, JESMOND, NEWCASTLE
With a homely interior, this Jesmond bistro is a favourite amongst the locals. Stop by on a sunny day and enjoy a tasty dish seated outside in the fresh air. Bistro Forty-Six is praised for its enjoyable atmosphere and range of meal choices.
IF YOU ENJOY A COUNTRY SETTING… ALICE HAWTHORN INN, NUN MONKTON, YORK
Self-branded as a charming country pub, Alice Hawthorn Inn embraces classical roots and showcases local and garden produce. Another great spot for a weekend break away in a comfortable setting surrounded by nature.
IF YOU ENJOY SOME QUIET TIME AND GREAT VIEWS… HORTO, HARROGATE
This little gem can be found in Rudding Park’s spa and is decorated with floor to ceiling windows, ensuring your view of the hotel grounds is in no way obstructed while you feast on a quality dish.
An ideal spot for those who enjoy cracking cooking and a relaxing spa break – here you can have both!
IF YOU ENJOY BRITISH FOOD THAT’S FULL OF FLAVOUR… THREE’S A CROWD, HARROGATE
Three’s a Crowd is a vintage-style pub with large windows and a view over West Park Stray. They’re currently celebrated among visitors and locals alike for their Truffle Nights which, as you can guess, is a night chock-full of truffles!
IF YOU ENJOY ITALIAN… STUZZI, HARROGATE
Stuzzi offers a unique dining experience inspired by all the flavoursome treats from ‘the world’s greatest food country.’ The restaurant gathers its meal ideas from their travels and carefully pairs each dish with imported drinks, meats, and cheeses.
IF YOU ENJOY A MEAL WITH WINE… THE BURLINGTON, BOLTON ABBEY
The Burlington is a great location for those who enjoy a glass of the finest wine with their meals. The antique-style restaurant is said to have an impressive wine cellar and a variety of modern dishes to choose from.
IF YOU ENJOY AUTHENTIC FLAVOURS AND ROAST DINNER… THE HOVINGHAM INN, HOVINGHAM
The Hovingham Inn is a homely Yorkshire style pub which is known far and wide for its spectacular roast. We reckon this is going to be one of our first stops after lockdown – after all, we deserve a proper good roast dinner after a year stuck inside!
IF YOU ENJOY LUXURIOUS DINING… FLETCHERS, RIPON
Fletchers is a delightfully traditional restaurant located in Grantley Hall. The restaurant offers a variety of British and European style cuisine made with locally-sourced ingredients.
IF YOU ENJOY SEASONAL MENUS… THE WEATHERVANE, HELMSLEY
There’s a certain appeal with restaurants that align their menus with seasonal goods. The Weathervane does just that, foraging much of its food from the North Yorkshire Moors to provide patrons with a dining experience to remember.
BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANTS
IF YOU ENJOY SEAFOOD… STAITH HOUSE, NORTH SHIELDS
This award-winning gastropub has been praised for the quality of its fish produce. Michelin has also commended its fortunate location, as the pub is only a stone’s throw away from market stalls that are stacked with crab, lobster and Craster kippers.
If you’re a seafood fan, Staith House offers speciality dishes featuring scallops, cod, prawns and beef suet. To make it even better, once you’ve finished your meal you can go for a stroll along the River Tyne.
IF YOU ENJOY INDIAN FOOD… HAVELI, PONTELAND
Haveli offers top quality Indian cuisine that is also a great value for money. Michelin has praised the experience provided by members of staff in the restaurant, who combine personality and professionalism to perfection.
IF YOU ENJOY PUNCHY FLAVOURS… ROUTE, NEWCASTLE
Route offers a casual dining experience with flavoursome and seasonal British food. Some of their specialities include buttered crab with potato cake, watercress and curry and a wild seabass with gnocchi, ceps and dashi.
THE RESTAURANT, JESMOND DENE HOUSE, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE
Jesmond Dene House’s elegant restaurant comes with bright décor and views out over the garden. Their strapline is ‘simple dishes, done well; nothing tricksy, just honest flavours, locally sourced produce and plenty of attention to detail’ and that perfectly sums it up. Afternoon tea is also a feature.
MICHELIN GREEN STAR RESTAURANTS
IF YOU ENJOY CREATIVE BRITISH FLAVOURS… BLACK SWAN, OLDSTEAD
Sit by an open fire and enjoy brill with clams and fermented turnip. Or perhaps mallard with beetroot tickles your fancy? The Black Swan has been awarded a Michelin Green Star for sustainability and gastronomy, as the majority of its produce is sourced from chef Tommy Bank’s parent’s farm.