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Restaurants to Try in the North East of England

Apr 22, 2021
Restaurants to Try in the North East of England

As a vibrant corner of the UK, the North East is brimming with wonderful restaurants catering to a spectacular variety of global cuisines. If you’re looking for some of the region’s best places to eat North East, cities Sunderland and Newcastle have some of the top rated spots. These hubs aren’t the only places you’ll want to call in at on your culinary journey though, so read on to find out more about some of the North East’s best restaurants.

House of Tides

If you’re searching for Michelin star fine dining in Newcastle, House of Tides is tough to beat. Awarded four rosettes by the AA Restaurant Guide, chef Kenny Atkinson opened this superb restaurant in the city’s exciting Quayside area back in 2014. Set within a stunning Grade I-listed 16th century former merchant’s town house, you can expect a casual and informal experience surrounded by original features with tables set underneath exposed beams on centuries-old flagstones. Better still, our City Edge development is only a few miles from House of Tides, perfect for getting home quickly after your meal.

Raby Hunt

Raising the stakes as the North East’s only eatery with two Michelin stars, the Raby Hunt is located in Summerhouse, near Darlington. It may be small, but this offering from innovative young chef James Close is a marvelous place to eat. Impressively ranked as the 13th best restaurant in the UK by the Good Food Guide, the Raby Hunt is only around five miles from The Orchard at West Park. With a stunning selection of 3 and 4 bedroom homes each boasting a semi-rural setting, there’s so much to love here.

Turtle Bay

Rated as the best restaurant in Middlesbrough by Tripadvisor, you can look forward to sampling a taste of the Caribbean at Turtle Bay. With enticing sections of the menu entitled Buddha Bowls, Soul Food, West Indian Curries and Jerk Pit, the restaurant’s also known for its excellent vegetarian and vegan fare. If you’re after a great night punctuated by tasty cocktails and a pulsating atmosphere to go along with your meal, Turtle Bay could be a perfect pick.


If you’re on the lookout for top Italian food in Sunderland, say hello to High Street West’s Aperitif. Next door to Sunderland Empire Theatre, it’s the perfect place to dine if you’re catching a show. You don’t need to be visiting the theatre to enjoy this impressive haunt though, which serves up a comprehensive selection of starters, pizza, pasta, fresh fish and main courses. There are also meat, fish and veggie tapas options perfect for sharing, all of which are bursting with fresh flavours.


Should Indian food be your thing, add Shaheen’s to your list of places to dine out in the North East. Serving up delicious dishes in Durham for more than 30 years, this excellent North Bailey restaurant pays homage to the authentic tastes and flavours Indian cuisine became so revered for. With a top-notch reputation, delightful curries and a selection of exquisite house sauces and special dishes, you can drive home or jump in a taxi and be back to your Burton Woods or Merrington Park home in just 15 minutes after your meal.