The North East Food Scene is having a moment….we choose four dining destinations to add to your foodie bucket list which are causing a bit of a stir….
There is a lot of buzz around Träkol and with good reason. Bold, confident cooking, this place has quickly attracted national attention with The Guardian’s Restaurant Critic Jay Rayner declaring hailing it ‘outrageously good’.
Part of the River Brew Co’s hip shipping container developments, this live fire ‘nose to tail’ is described as bringing ‘primitive outdoors cooking indoors’. But there is nothing primitive about the skill level of its chefs. It’s serious cooking with big portions and great prices. The restaurant offers small plates, mains and feasting with local ales although a wine list is available if the mood strikes you. Meat is dry aged in a room lined with Himalayan Salt before being cooked on a charcoal grill. The feasting option is true to its word. Middle White Pig includes a 1kg chop, black pudding, not to mention the half roast pig head. Try it before it becomes insanely busy.
www.bytheriverbrew.co.uk/trakol. Träkol, Hillgate Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2BH.
Cook House, Newcastle
We’ve written about Cook House before, when the sublimely talented Anna Hedworth housed her eatery in two tiny containers in Ouseburn, Newcastle. The nationals have raved about Cook House for some time, with The Times citing it as one of the coolest restaurants in Britain. Cook House has also recently featured on Channel 4’s ‘Hidden Restaurants’ and Radio 4’s food programme so this fave hangout for foodies ‘in the know’ is now about to go stellar.
Luckily Cook House has just moved to much larger premises in Foundry Lane and Anna has loads of exciting foodie pop ups, classes and dining experiences planned (alongside the regular restaurant) including an inhouse shop and dining under fairy lights on the terrace with stunning views of Ouseburn. This place is truly special, you’ll love it.
www.cookhouse.org. Cook House, Foundry Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 ILH
Peace and Loaf, Jesmond, Newcastle
We never hear a bad word spoken about this foodie haven owned by Dave Coulson, a Masterchef: The Professionals finalist. Tipped for Michelin success, he makes eating out an adventure, and his quirky and fun storytelling is beautifully delivered on the plate with food that surprises and delights. Jay Rayner described Peace and Loaf as a ‘kitchen run by people who really like to eat’. What more could you want?
217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1LA
Stable Hearth, Darlington
A fabulous artisan Neapolitan pizzeria and enoteca, this place was recently named the best pizzeria in the country. Think screamingly good pizzas cooked on an Acunto wood fired oven, delish salads and wondrous Aranami, Croquettes and Courgette flowers. Desserts are outstanding too with delights such as Dark Chocolate Torte with Raspberries and Nasturtiums or Sicilian Spiced Blood Orange Cake. The ethos is on authenticity and the cooking is sublime. A fabulous addition to Monte Darlo.
Stable Hearth, 33-35 Duke Street, Darlington, DL3 7RX