North East restaurants have been ranked alongside some of the country’s top eateries in a poll by thousands of foodies.
Blackfriars and Cafe 21 in Newcastle, and Muse in Yarm, have been named among the “Top 50 Fit For Foodies” restaurants in the UK website OpenTable.
More than 325,000 reviews were used to rank over 4,000 restaurants, and Blackfriars managing director Andy Hook said he was delighted to be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in Berkshire and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea.
“We are thrilled with this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners and are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Blackfriars and gave us such high marks,” said Mr Hook, whose 72-seat restaurant won a North East England Tourism Award last year and recently received a three-star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association.
“We’ve been going since 2001, so more than a dozen years, and in that time we’ve worked incredibly hard to ensure we have the best produce from the best suppliers in the region. We’ve some fantastic beef, lamb, fish, cheese, heritage potatoes, rape seed oil and wild mushrooms in the North East.
“And we want to pay homage to our location and season and medieval history - we’ve been working with Durham University to understand more of our Dominican heritage.
“This award was really nice and quite a surprise - and when you see the other restaurants on the list, that have been at the top of their game for many, many years, you just think, ‘Wow’.”
Lucy Taylor, head of restaurant relations at OpenTable UK, said the award was a testament to the high standard of food and service on offer.
“OpenTable diners are informed, adventurous and, above all, appreciative of unique dining experiences,” she said.
“These winning restaurants put the wow factor in everything they serve, taking culinary creativity to another level and delighting their diners every step of the way.”
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