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Fishing for top award

Fishing for top award

The Old Boat House, Amble has been nominated for Coastal Fish Restaurant of the Year in the 2017 Fishing News Awards. The only restaurant in the North of England to be nominated, The Old Boathouse will defend the title it ...

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The perfect tonic

The perfect tonic

Regular readers will be aware that the last edition of appetite devoted four pages to the glory of gin. And, now that we’ve almost sobered up, we have an excuse for another page thanks to the forthcoming Durham Gin Festival, ...

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George hits big 30

George hits big 30

Butcher George Payne – an appetite columnist and one of Rick Stein’s Food Heroes – is marking 30 years in business in Gosforth, Newcastle. A butcher man and boy like his late father Harry, George is known for his continuing commitment ...

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Join the crewe

Join the crewe

The fab Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland, Northumberland, is about to launch a series of intimate guest chef dinners at its lovely new Gatehouse building, starting on May 6 with Martin Sweeney from The Tramshed, Shoreditch. Lord Crewe head chef ...

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Welcome to Jesmond

Welcome to Jesmond

Chef Nick Grieves has taken up residence at 139 Jesmond Road, Newcastle with his new neighbourhood restaurant The Patricia. Nick arrives in town fresh from The Garden House Inn, Durham, and top London kitchens including The River Café and Simon ...

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Dinner for a good cause

Dinner for a good cause

Nice work on the part of some of the region’s leading chefs, who are joining forces to put on a charity dinner at Wylam Brewery in Newcastle in aid of the British Red Cross’ efforts in Syria. The top kitchen ...

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Top spot

Top spot

Longsands Fish Kitchen has been named the best new fish and chips business in the UK at the 2017 National Fish & Chip Awards organised by Seafish. The London awards recognised owner/head chef Simon Walsh’s innovative approach to running a ...

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Best around

Best around

Deserved praise for The Duke of Wellington Inn at Newton, near Stocksfield, Northumberland, which has been named the Best Hotel in Northumberland by The Daily Telegraph’s Travel supplement. The review said: “A stylish yet relaxed country pub with a handful ...

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Festivals return

Festivals return

The Proper Food and Drink Festivals are back this summer, with events in North Shields (April 29-May 1), South Shields (May 27-29), Whitley Bay (June 17-18), Cramlington (July 29-30), Gateshead (Aug 5-6), and Blyth (Aug 12-13). The events are all ...

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New look 

New look 

The iconic Station East pub, on the Gateshead side of the Tyne between the Tyne and High Level bridges, has reopened after two years. Hadrian Border Brewery has restored its beautiful stonework and railway arches and the bar is stocked ...

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