Fab 5

This month we ask our five fab foodies to tell us about the best restaurants they’ve visited recently…

Kathryn Nicholson, Nicholson’s Butchers
I would have to say the squid salad at Omni café in Monkseaton is a standout dish for me. They serve it hot and crispy in a spicy, crunchy and zingy fresh salad and it’s so tasty! The sides are amazing too and I really enjoyed the salt and chilli fries and the edamame beans when I was last there.


Melanie Martin, Melanie’s Tea Room
My favourite of the last few months has to be The Anglers Arms at Speepwash Bank, Choppington in Northumberland. It’s local for us so we pop in regularly. The standout recently was pork served in a peppercorn sauce with black pudding bon bons – properly good pub food.


Martin Charlton, The Old Boat House Food Group
We had a great night at Route in Newcastle recently. There were 14 of us in total, all sampling the small plates from John Calton and his team along with some properly good wines, and we all loved it. It’s a nice small place with a great atmosphere and the service from the front of house team was absolutely spot on all night.


Hamish Dow, Mr Wolf Urban Spice Man
Our most recent standout was Peace & Loaf on New Year’s Eve. Dave Couslon and the team put on an amazing night with a fantastic atmosphere. The night was capped off with a Yellison goat’s cheese, truffle, honey and walnut dessert, which had the most amazing smell and textures, and tasted incredible.


Steven Murray, Walwick Hall
I’ve wanted to visit Andrew Pern’s The Star Inn at Harome, North Yorkshire since I bought his first book and we visited recently for my wife’s birthday. From the moment we arrived it was brilliant, the front of house team are just fantastic. I had his signature dish – black pudding and foie gras – followed by a halibut and frog’s legs kiev dish, both of which were simply stunning.

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