While only a handful of these establishments possess the coveted Michelin star, they are all recommended by the judges. The 2020 edition of the guidebook is published in October.
5. Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham
Michelin say: "The daily changing menu showcases good quality produce in interesting dishes; the Northumberland rib of beef ‘for two or more’ is a must."
6. Dobson and Parnell, Newcastle
Michelin say: "This elegant restaurant is an iconic address in the city and is named after Victorian architects John Dobson and William Parnell. Cooking has a classic style, with the occasional international influence."
7. Potted Lobster, Bamburgh Castle
Michelin say: "A sweet, homely bistro hung with dramatic local seascapes; sit outside for a view of the majestic castle. Classic dishes come in large portions."
8. Broad Chare, Newcastle
Michelin say: "Sit in the snug ground floor bar or more comfortable upstairs dining room of this quayside pub. Choose from a snack menu of Geordie Tapas, an appealing ‘on toast’ selection and hearty daily specials."