Good Food Guide
Our recommended eating guide for this month
The Valley Junction 397 was recently named one of The Telegraph’s top 20 curry houses in Britain! This ever-popular restaurant offers the finest Indian cuisine. You can dine in either the old signal box or the railway carriage, and enjoy fantastic starters, marvellous main courses and delicious desserts. When you order a meal at The Valley Junction, you can rest assured everything is freshly prepared and cooked to order.
Dining at Kamal is a sensory experience for your eyes and your tastebuds. Everything is presented to the highest possible standard. When it comes to flavours, the highly skilled chefs use locally sourced ingredients to create authentic dishes (plus spices from a little further afield!). Everything is cooked to order, to ensure maximum freshness and taste, and they are happy to accommodate specific requests or requirements.
The Wheatsheaf Inn has long been known for the quality of its food, with a specials menu complementing its already excellent main menu. We really can attest to the quality of the food being created here. The menus are full of imaginative dishes, cooked with fantastic attention to detail and real flair, with homemade pies, local game and a variety of homemade burgers as regulars on the menu.
Shukran means “thank you” in Arabic, and there is a lot to be thankful for when you visit. Its menu draws influences from India, Mongolia, Bengal and Afghanistan.They offer authentic, classic Indian dishes, but you will also find dishes such as lamb, chicken or king prawn done in an Afgani Style, a North Bengali style, or a style typical of the Sylhet region of Bangladesh.
The Imperial is a delightful family-run restaurant that was established nearly 30 years ago. In that time it has built up an excellent reputation for serving deliciously authentic Cantonese dishes without the fine dining price tag. With a stunning oriental interior and authentic recipes, diners are transported to China in the heart of the North East.
Nestling on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Bellingham is the Riverdale Hall Hotel - a gorgeous, traditional country house hotel that is renowned for serving delicious cuisine in a stylish setting. This Les Routiers Gold Plate award-winning restaurant prides itself on the They lovingly create their own spice blends, and this is what makes their food extra special. The menu is extensive and the chef’s special Keema Chicken Tikka and the Chicken Tikka Malayan come highly recommended.
Liosi’s Sicilian Cafe Bar brings the authentic taste of Sicily to the banks of the River Tyne. This wonderful eatery is a family-run business that has Sicilian culture and food at its heart. Liosi’s food can be enjoyed in the cafe or to take away, or diners can enjoy this authentic food al fresco style whilst taking in the uninterrupted views of the River Tyne. The Gamberoni All’Aglio - giant cooked prawns cooked in a garlic sauce is one of their speciality dishes.
Saathi is a family-run restaurant located in the picturesque market town of Hexham. The emphasis at Saathi is on delivering freshly prepared food that tastes amazing. All the ingredients used are fresh, but the real shining beacon that sets this restaurant up as one of the best in the region is the spices. The team grind and blend their own spice cocktails for each dish. This unique approach ensures that the spices used in every dish are blended to perfection.
Combining flavours from across the Indian subcontinent, Days of the Raj has been serving up delicious dishes since 1984. In 2012 it was named both Best South Asian Restaurant, North of England, at the Asian Curry Awards and Caterer of the Year at the BCA Awards. As well as offering a full dine-in or takeaway service, Days of the Raj can also cater for your special event, happily accommodating between five and 100 people!
Saturdays are the new Sundays at the Earl of Pitt Street. The Sunday lunch is so renowned that they are now offering a Sunday lunch on a Saturday. What is not to love? One bonus of enjoying a Sunday lunch on a Saturday is that you still have half the weekend left! The Slow Cooked Weekend Menu is mouthwateringly good. Choose from a delicious range of starters, Sunday lunches, mains and desserts, and top it off with a small batch of artisan coffee or after diner tipple.
For more than 20 years, the Gosforth Palace has served deliciously authentic Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant’s interior is beautifully appointed with a mix of traditional Chinese decor and contemporary styling. The food is outstanding and creatively presented. The Palace Banquets offer something for everyone, as does the à la carte menu. The Spicy Garlic & Chilli Sauce served with beef is highly recommended, as is the Whole Lobster with Ginger and Spring Onions.
Shahenshah is a delightful, family run Indian restaurant in the heart of Whitley Bay. The quality of the food is superb as they use the freshest of ingredients to create their authentic and delicious cuisine. Shahenshah has a tremendous reputation and a loyal customer base, and diners can choose from an extensive menu which also caters for vegetarians and vegans.