Take a bite out of the best of British

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A North East restaurant is celebrating the best of British with a seasonal showcase.

Artisan restaurant at The Biscuit Factory, in Newcastle, is giving diners the chance to tuck into a six-course tasting menu, complemented by a hand-picked selection of English wines.

Devised by Head Chef and former North East Chef of the Year winner, Andrew Wilkinson, the menu features a selection of classic British recipes, made from locally-sourced ingredients. It will take place at the gallery-based restaurant on April 6.

The restaurant has also created a special accompanying English-themed flight of wine, which includes Squerryes Sparkling Brut 2010 – a gold medal winner at the Sommelier Awards 2015. The wines will showcase complex fruity flavours such as peach, pear and tart apricot, with notes of honeyed pineapple and morello cherry.

Diners can expect a seasonal drink on arrival, followed by a serving of Pea and Ham Soup; Whitby Crab with Wild Garlic, Broad Beans and Hand Dived Scallop; Wye Valley Asparagus with Duck Egg and Soldiers; and Braised Neck of Shepherd’s Pie with Lettuce and Mint. The menu concludes with two sweet offerings - Apple Crumble Fool and Yorkshire Rhubarb.

The à la carte restaurant, which features in this year’s Good Food Guide and was shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year at the 2015 Living North Awards, hosts its Seasonal Showcase on the first Wednesday of every month.

The six or seven-course tasting menu celebrates an ingredient, a type of cooking or time of year. In the coming months, diners can enjoy menus that take inspiration from the sea, the art of foraging and a plentiful allotment harvest.

The Best of British Seasonal Showcase is priced at £39.50 per person. The flight of wine is optional and priced at £29.50 per person. The menu will be served throughout the evening and places must be booked in advance.

For more information, visit www.artisannewcastle.com.