The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield
A cracking community inn (also home to an award-winning cookery school), putting out rustic, Northumbrian-inspired cuisine made with local, sustainable ingredients. Northumbrian cheese rarebit, hedgehog mushrooms from Slaley, lamb shoulder from Blaydon, North Sea fish, roast Hedley hen pheasant, Cranston’s Cumberland sausage… it’s all there for the taking.
Hedley on the Hill, Stocksfield, NE43 7SW; thefeathers.net
The Broad Chare, Newcastle
A place for ‘proper’ pub grub and beer. The mouthwatering ‘dishes of the day’ draw in the crowds; one day it could be ham shank with pease pudding, the next could be steak and kidney pie, mince and dumplings, or roast beef and Yorkshire pud. The bar snacks are legendary; think pork crackling with Bramley apple sauce, Lindisfarne oysters, oozy Scotch eggs and hand-raised pork pies.
25 Broad Chare, Newcastle, NE1 3DQ; thebroadchare.co.uk
A seaside must-visit, perched on Whitby’s iconic harbour side. Spectacular seafood salads and scampi, freshly-picked crab and lobster, homemade fish pie and more.
New Quay Road, Whitby, YO21 1DH; trenchersrestaurant.co.uk
Colmans Seafood Temple, South Shields
Local fisherman provide the goods at this coastal favourite, which has been named one of the UK’s best fish and chip restaurants. Order from the tempting Oyster Bar, or settle down to cod and salmon fishcakes, seafood curry or whole lobster – 50p from each one goes to Northumberland Seafood Centre.
Sea Road, South Shields, NE33 2LD; colmansseafoodtemple.co.uk
The Potted Lobster, Bamburgh
The seafood here – some from Amble, Holy Island and Seahouses – is so fresh, you can practically taste the ocean. Our picks are the lager and lemon-battered haddock and smoked haddock chowder, brown shrimp on toast and the finest Shetland mussels in white wine and cream.
3 Lucker Road, Bamburgh, Northumberland, NE69 7BS; thepottedlobsterbamburgh.co.uk