The Good Food Guide has announced its top restaurants and award winners today. Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country, the guide, owned by Waitrose, celebrates quality eateries and discoveries in local areas. For the North East this includes two restaurants in the top 50 and 14 new entries in the guide.
The Good Food Guide is compiled by combining reader feedback on restaurants up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of industry experts.
Best restaurant in the North East
Restaurants from across the region that have made it into the ‘UK’s Top 50 Restaurants’ have been unveiled, with the top scoring restaurant in the North East named as The Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, Durham, coming in at number 37 with a cooking score of 7.
Last year, our Luxe columnist and self-taught chef, James Close of The Raby Hunt, was named Chef of the Year, and he continues to work “minor miracles here, cooking at the sharp end of contemporary gastronomy and delivering some astonishingly fine food”.
North East restaurants in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50
The top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.
Unusual eateries in the North East
Riley’s Fish Shack: This glass-fronted shipping container facing the North Sea serves prime seafood on the beach to queues of hungry diners.
Jöro: A pile of refurbished shipping containers is home to one of Sheffield’s premier restaurants. Chef Luke French “excels at no-holds-barred seasonal cooking”.
Vice & Virtue: Named as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact it was once a strip club, Vice & Virtue brings “solid technical skill and innovations” to the thriving restaurant scene in Leeds.
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The North East boasts 14 new entries in this year’s Good Food Guide, which are:
The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on 4 September. The 2018 edition is the fifth GFG to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99.