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Michelin restaurants in Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham and North Yorkshire

Get your fine dining fix at these Michelin Star, Bib Gourmand and Michelin-recommended restaurants in the North East.

MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS IN NORTHUMBERLAND

THE MICHELIN STAR AND ONLY GREEN STAR RESTAURANT ON THE BLOCK IN NORTHUMBERLAND… RESTAURANT PINE

In February 2022, Restaurant Pine became one of the UK’s Michelin-starred restaurants – and the second Michelin Star restaurant in Northumberland. Their listing in the Michelin Guide 2024 shows them maintaining a Michelin one star and impressively, retaining their Michelin Green Star for sustainability.

Set in a beautifully renovated cow barn, Restaurant Pine offers an intimate setting where you can admire the sloping Northumberland landscape alongside Hadrian’s Wall, or watch the team of dedicated chefs prepare your evening meal in the bespoke open kitchen.

During the day, Restuarant Pine offers a classic three-tiered afternoon tea with a refined, modern approach. In the evening, enjoy a generous tasting menu using ingredients foraged from the Northumberland countryside, or grown at its onsite kitchen garden.

A real North East gem, the decor is aimed to reflect the surroundings, with a warm, inviting, country feel throughout.

Wednesday – Saturday: Evening tasting menu only.

Friday – Sunday: Afternoon tea and evening tasting menu.

Tasting Menu – £155pp (£185pp for the Chef’s Table experience). Additional wine flights can be added for £85pp.

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THE FIRST MICHELIN STAR IN NORTHUMBERLAND… HJEM

Restaurant Hjem (pronounced “yem”) was Northumberland’s first Michelin-starred restaurant. With its gorgeous Scandinavian menu and country inn setting, this eatery is well worth a visit. It only has 24 seats so make sure you make your reservation well in advance.

It’s part of  The Hadrian Hotel which is ideal so you can head upstairs to your room after all of that delicious food and wine.

The team serves a tasting menu created from ingredients sourced from the surrounding farms and gardens of Northumberland. The menu is between 15-18 servings, some of which are small bites, others are larger dishes – offering a really unique dining experience. All of the food is cooked with Scandinavian precision and techniques.

It’s retained its Michelin One Star award in the Michelin Guide 2024.

Tasting Menu – £150pp. Drinks pairing can be added for an additional £100pp.

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MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS IN NEWCASTLE

THE LATEST NEWCASTLE RESTAURANT TO BE AWARDED A STAR… SOLSTICE BY KENNY ATKINSON

Opened in 2022, Solstice is the newest fine dining restaurant in Newcastle by Kenny and Abbie Atkinson.

A small but perfectly formed restaurant, diners are served a tasting menu of around 15-18 individual servings from snacks to savoury meat and fish dishes before a sweet section of desserts and petit fours.

The atmosphere is intimate, with chefs presenting the plates to the guests themselves.

View a SOLSTICE BY KENNY ATKINSON sample tasting menu.

Tasting Menu: £175pp

Wine pairing: Signature: £110 | Select: £250 | Non-alcoholic: £65

Non-alcoholic pairing: £55

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WANT CITY CENTRE DINING?… HOUSE OF TIDES

Kenny Atkinson’s House of Tides was Newcastle’s only Michelin Star restaurant until his new venture Solstice scooped a star too.

Opened in February 2014, House of Tides is located on the North East’s historical Newcastle Quayside, just minutes from the city centre, and set within the beautifully restored Grade 1 listed 16th Century former merchant’s townhouse.

Set over two floors, the rustic ground floor entrance level with its original 16th-century flagstones and exposed beams provides an excellent venue whether you’re settling in for a drink, pre-dinner aperitif, or a leisurely nightcap. The first floor houses the main restaurant seating area also with exposed beams, a big open fireplace, and views over the River Tyne. A real city centre gem.

Check out a sample menu. 

Midweek lunch: Three-courses: £55pp | Five-courses: £85.00
Midweek dinner: Three-courses: £75pp | Seven-courses: £135pp

Saturday dinner: Five-courses: £95pp | Seven-courses: £140pp

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MICHELIN STAR RESTAURANTS IN YORKSHIRE

Michelin star restaurants in North Yorkshire

IF YOU ENJOY NORTH YORKSHIRE CUISINE AND SEAFOOD… SHAUN RANKIN AT GRANTLEY HALL, RIPON

Located within the luxurious Grantley Hall Hotel, chef Shaun Rankin has created a delicious tasting menu that is served in decadent surroundings.

For more in-depth information, check out our interview with Shaun Rankin, where we spoke to him about how he created the menu.  

The 10-course tasting menu is created entirely from locally sourced produce (everything is sourced from within 20-miles) and includes dishes such as Bread, Butter, Dripping and Beef Tea, and Lanark Blue Cheese with a Harrogate Bun.

The restaurant was awarded a Michelin Star when the restaurant opened in January 2021 and has retained it again this year.

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Tasting Menu: £160pp

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IF YOU ENJOY BRITISH AND REGIONAL CUISINE… STAR INN AT HAROME

Star Inn at Harome is a beautiful thatched inn with a stylish dining room and a cocktail bar looking out onto the rear gardens and Kitchen Garden.

On cooler days, the pub bar has a roaring fire – perfect to enjoy a pre-dinner gin. There’s a traditional low-ceilinged old dining room and upstairs they have a coffee loft with beautiful bright decor and a private dining room.

The Restaurant is normally open all year round offering a seasonal A la Carte Menu with honest flavours and a range of small plates and bigger dishes. Pre-book to experience the full Tasting Menu with the option of a matched package of premium wines selected by their Wine Consultant.

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Tasting Menu: £125pp

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MICHELIN DINING MIXING CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY… THE ANGEL, HETTON

Situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, The Angel is an ancient stone inn with a two Michelin-starred chef renowned for his high-quality cooking. Michael Wignall has reimagined the pub’s offering and created a delicious new menu which earned the pub a Michelin Star rating from October 2019.

With a style that’s casual and contemporary, the new Angel is all about seasonal menus, great food and great hospitality. It aims to give people a relaxed experience with a range of menus – if you don’t fancy a tasting menu they also have a delicious a la carte menu.

Check out a sample menu.

Lunch Tasting Menu: £95pp. A £75pp drink pairing is available.

Evening Tasting Menu: £150pp. A £110 drink pairing is available.

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A CHARACTERFUL COUNTRY PUB… BLACK SWAN, OLDSTEAD

Black Swan in Oldstead is a classic country pub filled with character – think exposed wooden beams, flagged floors and a large open fire.

As well as their Michelin One Star Award, they also have a Michelin Green Star for sustainability thanks to their use of produce from their farm, garden and local hedgerows.

If you want to make a night of it, they have gorgeous bedrooms which each have a private patio. Check out their offers which often include the Tasting Menu, an overnight stay and an incredible Yorkshire breakfast.

Check out a sample menu.

Evening Tasting Menu: £175pp

Lunch Tasting Menu: £135pp

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FOR A CREATIVE MENU… mýse, HOVINGHAM

Nestled in the pretty village of Hovingham on the edge of the North York Moors, mýse takes a minimalist approach to décor, letting the food speak for itself.

The Tasting Menu is creative, using a range of techniques to create unique dishes filled with flavour. They also place great emphasis on drink pairings – with alcoholic and non-alcoholic options which are just as delightful as the food.

Check out a sample menu.

Lunch Tasting Menu: £115pp.

Evening Tasting Menu: £145pp.

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MICHELIN RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS IN THE NORTH EAST

Michelin recommended restaurants in the North East

SIX, NEWCASTLE

Fine dining in the clouds? Sign us up. Our friends at SIX are celebrating a new entry into the Michelin Guide 2024 following their recent refurbishment.

Praised for its ‘colourful dishes that are generous in both size and flavour’ from land, sea and plant, as well as the quality of their produce. It’s a firm HLN favourite.

The flagship tasting menu is available as either six-courses or nine-courses for both lunch and dinner. And if you fancy pushing the boat out, go for the best seat in the house – the chef’s table.

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21, NEWCASTLE

The story of the restaurant starts in 1988, when chef Terry Laybourne opened the North East restaurant as 21 Queen Street – it was an exciting time for the city and 21 quickly became one of the region’s best-loved fine dining establishments – a crown it still holds today. 21 has since relocated to Newcastle Quayside’s Trinity Gardens, and still has a straightforward, flavour-first food philosophy that is unashamedly influenced by the French classics.

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COOK HOUSE, OUSEBURN

This relaxed restaurant was set up by chef Anna Hedworth – originally as a supper club housed in two converted shipping containers. She’s now opened Cook House was she imagined as ‘the restaurant we’d all like to hang out.’ It offers casual, all-day dining, focused on food, but most of all a hospitable and convivial environment.

The new site has two floors, a dining terrace, shop and green kitchen garden. The kitchen is still at the heart of Cook House – sit in the upstairs dining room and you can see the team of chefs work their magic, serving a seasonal, regularly changing menu. A real favourite in the region – and a great spot for lunch sitting on the terrace.

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LOVAGE, JESMOND

Delicious food with laidback vibes – every dish at Lovage in Jesmond is a winner. Head Chef Kleo is Albanian and spent time in Italy before moving to the North East with his partner Lisa who runs the front-of-house. Mediterranean flavours and vibrant colours inspire the seasonal menus. The dishes are designed for sharing which is a great idea so you can try a bit of everything.

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OSTERS, GOSFORTH

Another new entry in the Michelin Guide for 2024 is the sister restaurant of Lovage – Osters on Gosforth High Street. For this restaurant, the attention is on seafood. The team is focused on quality ingredients cooked simply but with maximum flavour. The oysters are delicious (and always on the menu) alongside a great selection of fish, shellfish and also meat for the carnivores.

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OPHELIA, GOSFORTH

The latest restaurant of North East chef Nick Grieves, Ophelia is without a doubt one of our editor’s favourite restaurants in the region. Inspired by French cooking, the Gallic influence comes through all of the dishes which are simple, cooked with love and completely delicious. They’ve also got a decent-sized bar so you can make a night of it which some pre (and post)-dinner cocktails.

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DOBSON & PARNELL, NEWCASTLE

Tucked away on Newcastle Quayside, Dobson & Parnell is the sister restaurant of Newcastle’s much-loved Blackfriars restaurant. Dobson & Parnell’s team of chefs take traditional dishes and give them an update – Michelin Guide has praised the fish dishes and we can vouch for how delicious the chicken dishes area. The cocktail menu is also particularly good.

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REBEL, HEATON

We’re a huge fan of this small but perfectly formed restaurant in Heaton. Co-owners, Lindsay and Mike, spent over a decade working at restaurants including Michelin-starred House of Tides, Paul Rankins and Jesmond Dene House before deciding to start their own project to make fine dining more accessible. There’s no dress code here – it’s informal and relaxed, with bold flavours and creative dishes.

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NEST, HEATON

Another relaxed and perfectly formed dining option in Heaton is Nest. The interesting menu is constantly changing and provides fun options that really work. They offer both lunch and dinner tasting menus, as well as a Sunday lunch that has proved super popular so book well in advance. Great vibes and incredible food – what’s not to love?

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COARSE, DURHAM

One of the hidden gems in Durham, Coarse is tucked away in a cute courtyard in the city centre. The set menu changes seasonally and the Michelin Guide particularly praises the chefs for the quality of the sauces (say no more). They offer a three-course lunch menu (£25) and a six-course dinner menu (£45) which is incredible value for the quality, thanks to their mission to make tasting menus accessible and affordable.

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FARU, DURHAM

This restaurant in Durham city centre offers five-course or 10-course tasting menus for both lunch and dinner, Wednesday to Saturday. Another relaxed option, Faru doesn’t set a dress code, instead opting for an informal setting where the food is the focus. The name Faru comes from Old English meaning ‘journey’ and the menu aims to take the diner on a culinary adventure from start to finish.

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THE FEATHERS INN, STOCKSFIELD

Not only recognised in the Michelin Guide 2024, but The Feathers Inn was highly acclaimed by Jamie Oliver Magazine which said: ‘If you only eat at one place in Northumberland, make it here’. High praise indeed. The Feathers Inn is a small pub with a big heart. As well as offering delicious food, they also have great events regularly with pop-up taquerias and more so keep an eye on the website for details.

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THE RAT INN, HEXHAM

Set in the small hamlet of Anick, Hexham, The Rat Inn is a traditional pub that was taken over by current owners Phil and Karen in 2007. Since then, it has earned a well-deserved reputation for its locally sourced, award-winning food. They allow small well-behaved dogs, but it must be arranged in advance as part of the booking.

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BIB GOURMAND RESTAURANTS IN THE NORTH EAST

HAVELI, PONTELAND

Kicking off the first of the Bib Gourmand restaurants, Haveli offers a large selection of 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. Great for a special occasion.

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BROAD CHARE, NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE

Praised by the Michelin Guide for its good quality, good value food, Broad Chare serves delicious bar snacks and a wide-ranging menu with dishes that pack a punch. Not only that, but beer and real ale lovers will be kept happy with a menu offering over 50 options. A great spot for a foodie-approved Sunday lunch.

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Laura is the Founder and Editor of High Life North. She had the idea to set up an exclusively digital women’s magazine after feeling there was a gap in the market in the North East. With over 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, Laura had a very clear…

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