Local Specialities of North East England

North East England food is produced by craftsmen who take pride in their work, and you can enjoy the fruits of their labor, eating local food produced with passion and care.

In Durham, try award winning Vennels Café, with their selection of home-baked cakes and sandwiches, coffees, teas and juices. Beamish Park Hotel Restaurant is a Conservatory Bistro winning a 2AA red rosette award the last 11 years. Café Bowes at the Bowes Museum is a perfect spot for lunch, or coffee. The head chef uses local farms, organic dairies, and bakeries, and they bake their own cakes and scones daily.

The Library and Print Room restaurant in Matfen Hall is a 2AA Rosette winning fine dining destination. This destination for serious eaters also features a bar for a before dinner drink. The Black Bull in Etal has a wide ranging menu made with local produce, and features a beer garden, vegetarian menu, as well as options for those with allergy awareness. The Queens Head Hotel Restaurant is a comfortable relaxed restaurant with a great selection of wine and real ales.

The Seafield in Seahouses is a busy modern Mediterranean bistro with a large selection of fresh shellfish. Fisherman’s Lodge, in Jesmond Dene, is a calm location and one of the better places to enjoy seafood. The Black Door is an award winning star of the local culinary scene in Newcastle upon Tyne featuring local favorites such as Warkworth pork and Northumberland venison. The Feather’s Inn in Hedley on the Hill is a 200 year old traditional country pub with open fires, cask ales and regional cookery.

The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe was voted in the top 40 restaurants in the Observer Food Awards 2008. It also won best Restaurant in the UK award in 2008 from the Vegetarian Society. The Rooftop Restaurant in Hartlepool offers views from the top of the Hillcarter Hotel. Overlooking the bay, the Rooftop is known for having a stunning a la carte menu. The Red Lion in Milfield features local produce and award winning ales in its traditional 18th Century coaching inn atmosphere.

Marsden Grotto, at the foot of the cliffs at Marsden Bay, is a popular destination for food and drinks, and is the only bar and restaurant set in a cave in Europe. Cafe 21, Terry Labourne’s first in his family of restaurants, is a modern spacious stylish bistro, and was a Gold Winner in the Taste of North East England Awards in 2008. Colman’s Restaurant has been a South Shields institution since opening in 1926. Having the Fish and Chips at Colman’s is a special treat. The Comfort Food Company in Newcastle upon Tyne, uses locally sourced pork, lamb and beef raised to the highest standards. Sidney’s in Tynemouth is an award winning restaurant featuring local produce, a relaxed atmosphere, and excellent service.

No Matter where you are in the North East England area, you are not far from some fantastic food.