Good Food Guide
Our recommended eating guide for this month
The Valley JunctionThe 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.
Laura's Fish BarA trip to the coast would not be complete without a visit to a fish and chip shop. If you are heading to Whitley Bay, do not walk past Laura’s Fish Bar. This traditional, family run outlet is fast becoming the top choice in the local area.
Their menu offers all of the delicious traditional fish and chip choices with some added extras, including battered haloumi, steamed fish and fish fillet burgers.
They have also just launched a vegan menu, which is already receiving rave reviews.
Coast Kitchen & BarA cosy and casual neighbourhood hangout in the heart of Tynemouth Village.
Serving locally sourced food crafted in-house to eat in or take away, alongside an impressive range of soft and alcoholic beverages, you’ll find a warm welcome at this small, family-friendly restaurant, whether you’re a breakWhen it comes to dining, there is nothing old fashioned about the menu, however. The Anglers Arms serves up well presented, well cooked food, made using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Riverdale Hall HotelNestling on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Bellingham it 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 quality of its food. All the dishes are created using the finest seasonal produce available. The Chicken Breast stuffed with Chorizo and wrapped in Prosciutto and served with fondant potato comes recommend.
KamalDining 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.
Anglers ArmsOriginally an 18th century coaching inn, The Anglers Arms still retains all its old charm. It is full of curios and fascinating bits and bobs and has a really lovely, cosy atmosphere.
When it comes to dining, there is nothing old fashioned about the menu, however. The Anglers Arms serves up well presented, well cooked food, made using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
From a sandwich or tasty lunch, to fresh fish and hearty pies - everything is made freshly to order.
Aneesa's BuffetAneesa’s Buffet Restaurant, Newcastle Quayside, serves up delicious Indian and Punjabi cuisine... plus more. They offer diners huge choice, with a range of starters, sundries, curries, pizzas and desserts - all for one set price.
Buffets offer the ideal opportunity to try loads of different flavours, maybe sampling dishes you would not normally order.
Bianco NeroBianco Nero in Heaton serves traditional Italian food in a grand, art deco-inspired restaurant. As the aromas of fresh basil and cured meats waft through the air, Bianco Nero’s customers can enjoy some of the most satisfying, hand-crafted Italian dishes around. All the food on the menu is freshly prepared, cooked to order and is reasonably priced.
There is an extensive list of mouth-watering pizza, pasta, risotto, chicken, meat and fish dishes to choose from.
Last Days of the RajThe Last Days of the Raj found a stunning new home in a 19th century building, previously home to the Bay Horse public house. A chandelier, warm woods, stylish flooring and comfy leather seating all combine to offer diners a touch of luxury.
Looking after visitors are front of house manger Farid Ahmed and operations manager Syed Rahman, as well as the skilled chefs and impeccable waiting staff.
Waren House HotelThis stunning Georgian house offers stunning food to match its impressive surroundings. In 2015, The hotel’s Grays Restaurant was awarded 2 AA Rosettes for excellence, under the leadership of head chef Steve Owens. He and his team of four other chefs create dishes which highlight the quality and diversity of modern Northumbrian cuisine.
The majority of ingredients are sourced from local suppliers.
Shampan Indian Restaurant & CocktaiKamrul Hussain and his team at Shampan pride themselves on using the highest quality, often locally sourced ingredients to create authentic dishes which showcase the flavours of India, Punjab and Bangladesh. Their head chef has more than 20 years’ experience, so is happy to adapt all dishes to each diner’s individual tastes.
Alongside traditional dishes, you will find a range of ‘Chef’s Specialities’ as well as ‘Shampan Creations’.
ShukranShukran means “thank you” in Arabic, and there is a lot to be thankful for when you visit Shukran. Its menu draws influences from India, Mongolia, Bengal and Afghanistan, to name a few. They offer authentic, classic Indian dishes, but also an awful lot more.
Shukran is run by Faz Tahir and his family, who have been in the restaurant business for many years. They take pride in providing diners with a personal service, including a friendly welcome and attention to detail throughout.
Heaton IngredientAt Heaton Ingredient, you can pop in for anything from a cake (including gluten free options) and a cup of Ringtons tea, to a full-on feast.
At breakfast time, they offer everything from cereal or Craster kippers to a full English. Looking for a lunchtime sandwich with a bit of pzazz? Choose from fillings such as Toulouse Sausage or Garlic & Chilli Tiger Prawns. They also have toasties, soups and salads to tempt you.
Harbour ViewAward Winning Fish and Chips at Harbour View
Rated as one of the UK’s top five fish and chip restaurants by Trip Advisor, the Harbour View Restaurant in Seaton Sluice is the only place to go for Britain’s favourite meal.
Whether you visit for a takeaway or a sit-down meal in the fully licensed, 48-seater restaurant, you will always enjoy the highest quality food and customer service.
Modern TandooriModern Tandoori in Wallsend is a hidden gem. There is a welcoming, cosy interior, and the chef-proprietor, Nirjash Miah and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable about the traditional, authentic Bangladeshi food they serve. But do expect the occasional twist in the menu. The quality of the food is superb, whether you are eating in or enjoying a takeaway.
Jashn Indian RestaurantJashn is an award-winning restaurant that really stands out from the crowd. Not only do they specialise in serving low-fat, healthy Indian food and have been recognised as one of the top UK curry houses to do this; this year they have reached the final of the North East Curry Awards, which is a tremendous achievement.
Jashn’s menu has been designed to ensure all customers enjoy the finest dishes. The dishes are all prepared using the freshest of ingredients, carefully blended spices.
The Bay LeafThe chefs at Bay Leaf understand that how you combine ingredients is just as important as the quality of ingredients used.
They use up to 30 different herbs and spices (including the eponymous bay leaf) to create an array of fantastic flavours.
The Earl of Pitt StreetSituated within a stone’s throw of St. James’ Park, The Earl Of Pitt Street raises the bar when it comes to style and great tasting food. With an Alfred Hitchcock meets Vivienne Westwood inspired interior and dog-friendly lounge, you will not come across a similar place anywhere.
The menu boasts a range of different dishes ranging from traditional pub favourites such as The Earl’s beer battered fish and chips, to Asian inspired fusion food.
Ma'ida Indian RestaurantMa’ida simply means a table spread of food, dining table or banquet. Ma’ida is amongst the North East’s most fashionable and trendy British Indian restaurants.
It has been elegantly furnished to provide customers with a fresh ambience and a premier, chic Indian dining experience with a twist.
Ma’ida’s food has been inspired by the food their families love and enjoy. Their passion is to bring the same traditional home-cooking to customers.
The WheatsheafThe 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, such as Pan Fried Scallops with Pork Belly, Onion Puree and Pickled Apple, or Venison Loin with Beetroot and Mushrooms.
The Percy ArmsThe Percy Arms is a great place to head to for delicious food in a cosy setting. You can choose to sit in the bar area - which is also dog friendly and has a log fire in the winter - or in the separate dining area.
There is a lunch menu available Monday to Saturday 12-3pm, offering starters such as Wild Mushrooms in a White Truffle & Garlic Sauce, and mains such as Oven Baked North Sea Salmon, Fennel and Garlic Sautéed Potatoes.