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Secret Diner Awards 2013: Nominations revealed

It’s awards time again. Earlier this week, the nominations for The Golden Globes kicked off the Hollywood season of glamour, intrigue and surprises

Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt

Chef James Close joins Pod cast at Vallum

Some of the nation’s top chefs are ‘popping-up’ in Northumberland’s Tyne Valley - including Michelin starred James Close of the Raby Hunt – to cook meals featuring the freshest local ingredients


Brasher reports strong first-half performance for 2013

In the six months to June, the brand experienced a year-on-year sales uplift of 30%, driven by strong demand for both established and new products

Home-cured bacon chops with a muscovado and lime glaze and salsa verde

Recipe: Home-cured bacon chops with a muscovado and lime glaze and salsa verde

This week’s recipe is one of Andrew Wilkinson's favourite barbecue treats which is perfect for the outdoor setting

The Rat, Anick, Northumberland

Secret Diner Review: The Rat Inn, Anick, Hexham

This week the Secret Diner hands Mrs Diner and friends the pleasure of reviewing the highly rated gastropub The Rat Inn at Anick

The Vallum Farm Shop and Tea Room.

TV chef heads for Vallum Farm

The winner of a TV baking contest is heading to Hadrian’s Wall country to launch his new book

The launch of EAT! Festival 2013 on Fenwicks roof

Fine dining reaches new festival heights

The EAT! Festival returns to the North East for the seventh year with chefs creating their own menus at stunning locations

Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

Recipe: Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia

Fancy trying your hand at making focaccia? Head chef at Food Social Andrew Wilkinson explains how

Chef David Kennedy in the kitchen at Vallum

Secret Diner Review: David Kennedy at Vallum, Vallum Farm, East Wallhouses

The Secret Diner this week travels into the “middle of nowhere” in his quest to sample the region's finest fare

Rump of Lamb, Confit Neck, Wild Garlic and Shallots

Recipe: Rump of Lamb, Confit Neck, Wild Garlic and Shallots

Wholesome, traditional spring lamb is a very British thing. Andrew Wilkinson serves up a delicious lamb dish with wild garlic and shallots

Treacle tart, lemon curd and creme fraiche

Recipe: Treacle tart, lemon curd and creme fraiche

Valentine’s Day is a fantastic excuse to enjoy a great meal. Andrew Wilkinson dishes up a great desert to impress your loved one

Halibut, Roast Langoustine, Crushed Potatoes, Basil and Shellfish Cream

Recipe: Halibut, Roast Langoustine, Crushed Potatoes, Basil and Shellfish Cream

This seasonal fish dish is one from Andrew Tranter and is on our new menu at David Kennedy's Food Social @ The Biscuit Factory

Recipe: Overnight braised oxtail and brisket cottage pie

David Kennedy this week brings you a fabulous meat dish perfect for warming you up on a cold day

Entente breaks out in kitchen

WHEN Frenchman Greg Bureau arrived on Tyneside it took him six months to understand the Geordie for “yes” and “no”.

Exclusive restaurant opens door to offers

THE Black Door Restaurant, located within a beautiful Georgian terrace in Newcastle city centre, is new to the business property market.

Comfort zone is getting larger

Restaurateurs Tom and Emily Sillar's latest venture is bringing a new meaning to `pick your own,' as Jane Hall reveals.

River cruiser breakdown

Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade were scrambled when a leisure cruiser broke down on the River Tyne at 1.15pm yesterday.

Top chefs whip up a few tasty bargains

A charity cook-off to find the North-East's ultimate menu took place yesterday among three of the region's best known chefs.

Durham Leagues review

Every game in the Foster's Durham Senior League was abandoned as heavy rain swept in during the course of the afternoon.


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