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17 Aug 2017

The Good Food Guide 2018 reveals its best restaurants in the North East

Good Food Guide 2018 Cover

The Good Food Guide has announced its top restaurants and award winners today.  Alongside the finest dining establishments in the country, the guide, owned by Waitrose, celebrates quality eateries and discoveries in local areas. For the North East this includes two restaurants in the Top 50 and 14 new entries in the guide. 

The Good Food Guide is compiled by combining reader feedback on restaurants up and down the country with anonymous inspections by a team of industry experts. 

Best restaurant in the North East

Restaurants from across the region that have made it into the 'UK’s Top 50 Restaurants' have been unveiled, with the top scoring restaurant in the North East named as The Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, Durham,  coming in at no.37 with a cooking score of 7.

Last year, James Hunt, self-taught chef at The Raby Hunt, was named Chef of the Year, and he continues to work “minor miracles here, cooking at the sharp end of contemporary gastronomy and delivering some astonishingly fine food”. Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, notes that, “above all, it’s about local ingredients subjected to fearsome and resourceful technical wizardry”.

Restaurants in the North East that appear in The Good Food Guide’s Top 50
The Top 50 recognises the very best talent in the country; a place on the list represents a huge achievement, with each position earned by its score in The Good Food Guide, editor appraisal and strength of reader feedback.

Alongside The Raby Hunt, The Man Behind the Curtain in Leeds, Yorkshire also appears in the Top 50 for the first time, taking the no.50 spot with a cooking score of 7. Elizabeth Carter, Waitrose Good Food Guide Editor, says of the restaurant, “Michael O’Hare’s cooking demonstrates a flair that leaves others bewildered on the starting line” with “little taste bombs” that “deliver a freight-train load of flavour.”

Unusual eateries in the North East

•    Riley’s Fish Shack: This glass-fronted shipping container facing the North Sea serves prime seafood on the beach to queues of hungry diners.
•    Jöro: A pile of refurbished shipping containers is home to one of Sheffield’s premier restaurants. Chef Luke French “excels at no-holds-barred seasonal cooking”.
•    Vice & Virtue: So named as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact it was once a strip club, Vice & Virtue brings “solid technical skill and innovations” to the thriving restaurant scene in Leeds.

New Entries
The North East boasts 14 new entries in this year’s Good Food Guide, which are:

•    Horto in Follifoot, Yorkshire
•    Jöro in Sheffield, Yorkshire
•    Restaurant 92 in Harrogate, Yorkshire 
•    Skosh in York, Yorkshire
•    The Rattle Owl in York, Yorkshire
•    Mr P's Curious Tavern in York, Yorkshire
•    Rascills in Raskelf, Yorkshire
•    Epicure Bar & Kitchen in Huddersfield, Yorkshire
•    Vice & Virtue in Leeds, Yorkshire
•    The Patricia in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear
•    Riley's Fish Shack in Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
•    Bistro Forty Six in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear
•    Byron's in Seaham, Durham
•    The Orangery in Hurworth-on-Tees, Durham

Notes to Editors

The Good Food Guide is published by Waitrose on 4 September.  The 2018 edition is the fifth GFG to be published by the supermarket. RRP £17.99. 


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