Lovage makes Michelin Guide debut

Lovage – at St George’s Terrace, Jesmond – has been listed in the Michelin Guide, just five months after opening.

Chef and co-owner Kleo Tabaku’s Mediterranean bistro menu has proved incredibly popular since its launch in late 2022 – with his passion rewarded with high praise from Michelin in the latest edition of the guide.

Michelin describes Lovage as a “charming neighbourhood brasserie” and adds that it’s “not surprising to see the flavours and colours of the Mediterranean feature” in the Albanian-born head chef’s food. It also says: “There is a welcome lack of fussiness to the cooking – dishes burst with flavour and are designed for sharing; with sensibly priced wines from across Europe being an added plus.”

The guide also praised Kleo’s partner and front-of-house manager Lisa for being “a natural hostess.”

Kleo said: “It is absolutely fantastic to be recognised by Michelin in such a short space of time. Everyone is absolutely delighted to have been mentioned in the world’s most prestigious restaurant guide and it is testament to all of our team for the hard work they have put in.”

Stuart Young, co-owner of Lovage, added: “All the faith we have had in Kleo and his team from day one has been acknowledged in the best way possible. This is an incredible achievement in such a short space of time.”

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