Luxe loves its food and in an area covering North Yorkshire up to Northumberland with a swathe or Durham in between, we’re delighted to see some food friends celebrated…


James Close at Raby Hunt near Darlington celebrates the accolade of being the region’s first home-grown two Michelin Star chef. He used to be a professional golfer and but the steady hand steered him towards the kitchen and saw him score as a self-taught chef.

Read about James’ favourite eating places and local food heroes here…


Kenny Atkinson first brought Michelin stars to the North East show when he was at Seaham Hall after gaining Michelin accolades in the Scilly Isles. Now, in his beautiful listed building restaurant House of Tides on Newcastle Quayside, passionate Geordie Kenny has retained a Michelin star. His tasting menus featuring a deft hand, local produce and inspired ideas.


…to the team at Chadwicks in Maltby near Middlesbrough. A cosy village pub on the outside and a stylish eating place within – rabbit pie anyone? Great wines, too. The skilled team is celebrating the Michelin Bib Gourmand award.

…to the place where the boats come in – the River Café on North Shields fish quay – which as gained a Michelin Bib Gourmand accolade. Unsurprisingly, it’s the place to find a fabulous market-fresh feast and steaming seasonal langoustines.

…to the Broad Chare on the Quayside in Newcastle, for its Michelin Bib Gourmand award. Pitch-perfect and ‘proper’ refined gastro grub with the famous Terry Laybourne touch. ‘Snacks with attitude’!

…to the Harome in North Yorkshire, which retains its Michelin star. There’s a lot of love for Andrew Pern and this gastro pub which first brought the concept of refined but gutsy ‘modern Yorkshire’ to prominence and still shines bright.

…to the Forest Side in Grasmere Cumbria, which has just earned its first Michelin star with Kevin Tickle at the helm of his team and abundant kitchen garden.

Fancy foraging around at Kevin’s kitchen garden? Read our thoughts here…