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.
9. Haveli, Ponteland
Michelin say: "Haveli means ‘grand house’ and this neighbourhood restaurant is certainly very smart. Influences come from all over India; try one of the chef’s signature curries."
10. ROUTE, Newcastle
Michelin say: "This simple bistro sits on a steep city centre street that once formed the route from the castle to the quayside. Regularly changing menus offer well-priced, gutsy small plates with punchy flavours."
11. 21, Newcastle
Michelin say: "Start with a gin from the large selection behind the zinc-topped counter then head through to the smart red and black brasserie. Menus offer a comprehensive array of confidently cooked classics."
12. The Patricia, Newcastle
Michelin say: "This simply furnished bistro sits in the vibrant suburb of Jesmond and is named after the owner’s grandmother. Tasty cooking displays Mediterranean influences and the wine list is good value."