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Newcastle and its surrounding areas are gaining a reputation amongst foodies. Recognised for its fine food, creativity and innovation - Newcastle is becoming a gourmet destination for travellers who enjoy the finer foods as it racks up Michelin Guide recommendations. 

Serving up fine-dining in shipping containers and heritage buildings, many of Newcastle's award-winning restaurants still remain fuss free, relaxed environments specialising in top-quality dishes that demonstrate the region's passion for excellent food sourced from local suppliers and producers. 

Restaurant's recognition from the Michelin Guide range from a coveted one-star award to achieving a Bib Gourmand distinction or appearing on their Plate Michelin list. A glut of recognised independent restaurants can be found in the stylish suburb of Jesmond as well as along the iconic NewcastleGateshead Quayside.

Discover the Michelin Guide to the best restaurants in Newcastle. 

Michelin Star Restaurants

Michelin categorise their stars as 'coveted by many chefs, bestowed upon only an excellent few.' So what an honour to list three of the most exceptional dining experiences as identified by the Michelin Guide within easy reach of Newcastle. If you're visiting Newcastle for a special occasion or fancy a luxury meal out to mark the end of lockdown then take a look at these three options:

House of Tides, Newcastle Quayside 

One-star Michelin Restaurant

House of Tides is the only Newcastle-based Michelin star restaurant and can be found on the city's iconic Quayside within a historic Grade 1 listed building beneath the High Level Bridge. A consistent award-winner, House of Tides has proudly displayed its one-star status since it was first awarded by the Michelin Guide in 2015. Head to House of Tides for modern fine-dining which is 'seasonal, sustainable and relaxed.'

Hjem, Northumberland 

One-star Michelin Restaurant 

Hjem is the first restaurant in Northumberland to be awarded a Michelin Star. It was added to the prestigious guide and received its one-star recognition in January 2021. A 35-minute drive west of Newcastle city centre, Hjem is a must-visit restaurant which combines Scandinavian and Northumberland style and flavour with a creative tasting menu. 

Raby Hunt, County Durham

Two-star Michelin Restaurant

If you live locally or you're staying a while in Newcastle - make the 45-minute drive south of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to Raby Hunt in County Durham. The restaurant prides itself on being the first and only two-star Michelin restaurant in the North East. Sample their 15-course tasting menu which promises to be as visually stunning as it is flavour-filled. 

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Bib Gourmand

Bib Gourmand is the Michelin Guide distinction just below a 'one-star' honour and still a ruddy good achievement for a restaurant. The Bib Gourmand accolade demonstrates an excellent dining experience with a more reasonable price tag or as Michelin states, Bib Gourmand restaurants have been chosen for offering "high-quality food at pocket-friendly prices." There are a selection of brilliant independent restaurants in and near Newcastle which appear on Michelin's 2021 Bib Gourmand list. 

Route, Newcastle Quayside 

Tucked along the cobbles on the way from Newcastle to the Quayside, Route is a small but perfectly formed restaurant with a seasonally British menu. 

The Broad Chare, Newcastle Quayside 

The Broad Chare is a self-proclaimed 'proper pub' with a hearty menu and cracking range of bar snacks. Found along Newcastle Quayside beside Live Theatre, it is the ideal spot for pre-theatre drinks or a cracking Sunday Lunch. 

The Staith House, North Shields

The Staith House is part of the up-and-coming Fish Quay area towards the Tyneside coast and approximately a 25-minute drive from Newcastle or an easy 35-minute metro journey from Monument in Newcastle city centre directly to North Shields. 

Search the full list of Bib Gourmand restaurants by location on Michelin Guide website

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The Plate

A more recent Michelin award is The Plate which quite simply recognises the best restaurants serving great quality food. The following independent restaurants in Newcastle and Gateshead are worthy additions to the Michelin Plate listings and Gateshead should really be on your 'to visit' list for your next trip to NewcastleGateshead. A unique dining experience and top-dollar cuisine can be expected from each of the restaurant. 

Trakol, Gateshead Quayside 

A must-visit for its prime riverside location, Trakol is a relaxed and unpretentious restaurant popular with locals and food critics alike.

The Restaurant at Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond

Set in the midst of Jesmond Dene's tranquil woodlands, The Restaurant at Jesmond Dene House (image) is excellent. A much-loved spot for Afternoon Teas in their airy dining room as well as hearty Sunday roasts and intimate evening meals. 

21, Newcastle Quayside 

21 is a long-standing feature of Newcastle's Quayside restaurant scene and renowned for its elegant bistro style. You'll notice that the restaurant's sister venue The Broad Chare is listed above as a Bid Gourmand restaurant. 

The Cook House, Ouseburn

Part of Ouseburn's appeal is its eclectic mix of cultural venues and authentic artisans which includes The Cook House which has had a steady but impressive rise from a small outfit within a single shipping container to an acclaimed restaurant and delicatessen. 

Bistro 46, Jesmond

Another restaurant in Jesmond to make it onto the list, Bistro 46 is a modern bistro which is best known for its fresh seafood and Northumbrian game dishes. 

The Patricia, Jesmond 

The Patricia can also be found in Newcastle's stylish suburb of Jesmond and has a six-course menu which changes to reflect the seasons and best of the local produce available each day. 

Feathers Inn, Northumberland 

Feather's Inn is an independent pub in the Northumberland countryside, a 30-minute drive west of Newcastle city centre that celebrates excellent local produce and serves it up in a warm and welcoming rural pub setting. 

Search the full list of restaurants that appear in the Michelin Guide on the website.

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