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The best places to eat and drink in Newcastle and Northumberland

Anna Hedworth (left); dish from Restaurant Hjem (right) 
Chef Anna Hedworth shares her favourite spots around Newcastle and Northumberland

A shipping container doesn’t seem the most likely location for a top-notch restaurant, but in the past couple of years they’ve been popping up everywhere from Shoreditch’s Box Park to Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, filled with tasty offerings from exciting young chefs. And this is exactly how chef Anna Hedworth began Cookhouse, a simple, seasonal offering in Newcastle’s Ouseburn. 

In December 2018 Hedworth moved out of the confines of her shipping container and into a full-sized restaurant on Foundry Lane, serving a truly delightful menu from breakfast to dinner. Stop by for a bowl of porridge with poached pears and maple syrup for breakfast, pop in for an afternoon coffee or chow down on confit duck or chicken and ham hock pie come dinnertime - the perfect fare for warming your cockles after braving the chilly Newcastle climates. 

And Hedworth seems to be running on rocket fuel; the the midst of her new restaurant opening, she also found the time to write a cookbook, charting the trials and tribulations she faced when opening her first restaurants, and sharing her favourite recipes along the way. 

But where does she go on her night off? Here are her top tips for eating out well in Newcastle. 

Scream for Pizza

Scream for Pizza in Newcastle 

“Wood-fired, seriously good Neapolitan-style pizza with really interesting toppings. I’ve had a crab pizza with thermidor sauce and fresh slices of lemon, and there’s another I love topped with salami and chilli honey. And you have to order the deep-fried burrata, it’s insane.”

21-25 Starbeck Ave, Sandyford Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1RJ; 0191 261 7974; screamforpizza.com

Hjem 

Restaurant Hjem in Hexham, Northumberland

“The chef is Swedish and does a beautifully simple 12-course tasting menu [right] which I can’t stop thinking about. One course was a green tomato jelly with raw blow-torched mackerel and elderflower cream; as soon as I finished, I wanted another.”

The Hadrian Hotel, Wall, Hexham, Northumberland NE46 4EE; 01434 681232; restauranthjem.co.uk

Wylam Brewery

Wylam Brewery Palace of Arts Exhibition Park

“A brewery set inside a Twenties exhibition building [top right]. There’s a taphouse where you can get all sorts of small plates. Their Sunday roast is crazy, too – they can seat about 300!”

Palace of Arts Exhibition Park, Claremont Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4PZ; 0191 650 0651; wylambrewery.co.uk

The Patricia

The Patricia in Newcastle

“The chef worked in The River Café: it’s an Italian-influenced, modern European menu in an upmarket bistro setting. All local produce, and it’s made really well. The tiramisu is out of this world.”

139 Jesmond Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1JY; 0191 281 4443; the-patricia.com

Trakol

Trakol at By the River in Newcastle

“By The River, under the Tyne Bridge, is a brewery and market that opened last year and the restaurant within it is called Träkol. They cook everything over wood fire and it’s really good fun.”

Hillgate Quays, Gateshead NE8 2BH; 0191 737 1120; bytheriverbrew.co/trakol

Jesmond Food Market

Jesmond Market in Newcastle

“I run this market myself once a month. Everything there is local, with organic veg, eggs, meat, baking and cakes.”

Armstrong Bridge, Jesmond Dene; facebook.com/jesmondfoodmarket