Top 8 romantic restaurants in the North East

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The North East is home to some of the UK’s most romantic restaurants. Claire Louise Sheridan picks 8 of the best

As all Northerners know only too well, when it comes to fine dining there’s much more to life than just London. The North East plays host to some of the country’s very best restaurants, serving first-class cuisine across the region. Here are 8 of the most romantic restaurants the area has to offer.

Peace and LoafPeace and Loaf, Newcastle

Peace and Loaf, Newcastle
You can achieve a lot in just a few years, as the team behind Peace and Loaf knows all too well. Despite the restaurant’s relative infancy – having opened in 2013 – Peace and Loaf has achieved critical acclaim and solidified its reputation as one of the North East’s very best restaurants. It might sound like a cliché, but the delicate dishes on offer are prepared with love; an intricate approach that contrasts nicely with the simple décor. You and your date can expect to enjoy something special, always with a seasonal twist.
Peace and Loaf, 217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle NE2 1LA, 0191 281 5222, peaceandloaf.co.uk

Luigikhan’s, Newcastle
If you’re looking for Asian cuisine with a twist, then look no further than Luigikhan’s. The restaurant’s name may be a bit of a mouthful, but that’s nothing compared to the feast you and your date will be treated to when you dine here. Priding itself on offering relaxed Punjabi cuisine, this Indian restaurant offers authentic flavours in a romantic setting.
Luigikhan’s, 358 Westgate Road, Newcastle NE4 6NU, 0181 272 4937, luigikhans.com

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The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Darlington
It’s easy to see why the Raby Hunt has held a Michelin star since 2012 and received countless accolades in recent years – it’s the ideal venue for an extra-special evening out. Set in the heart of the English countryside in a beautiful 19th century listed building, the restaurant specialises in luxury without pretention, and you can even stay overnight! With a head chef who is as passionate about his food as you are about your partner, the Raby Hunt guarantees that an evening here will be a recipe for success.
The Raby Hunt Restaurant, Summerhouse, County Durham DL2 3UD, 01325 374 237, rabyhuntrestaurant.co.uk

Barluga MorpethBarluga, Morpeth

Barluga, Morpeth
If romance is on the cards, then Barluga is the perfect place to go. With locations in both Newcastle and Morpeth, the restaurant offers an extensive menu, not to mention its vast cocktail list! Why not try its traditional Sunday lunch or choose something from its a la carte menu? The incredible British produce used in every dish ensures that whatever you pick, it’ll be delicious.
Barluga, Unit 3D, Sanderson Arcade, Morpeth NE61 1NS, 01670 505000, barluga.co.uk/morpeth

Bistro Forty6, Newcastle
No matter what you choose, the meticulous preparation that goes into every dish at Bistro Forty6 helps to make this restaurant a cut above the rest. From its seafood and meat to its vegetables, every ingredient is locally sourced and lovingly prepared. Its Sunday Roast is unbeatable while its extensive wine list and plentiful vegetarian options are sure to impress even the toughest critic.
Bistro Forty6, 6 Brentwood Avenue, Newcastle NE2 3DH, 0191 281 8081, bistroforty6.co.uk

El Coto, Durham
Whatever the weather, a quick trip to El Coto instantly transports diners to the heart of Spain. Its tapas-style menu of small plates is ideal for sharing, so couples don’t have to commit to anything (except each other!) From cold meats to a classic paella, the restaurant specialises in home-cooked dishes from Southern Spain, so it’s ideal for anyone who loves the rich flavours of sun-soaked Mediterranean cuisine.
El Coto, 17 Hallgarth Street, Durham DH1 3AT, 0191 384 4007, elcoto.co.uk

21 restaurant 21, Newcastle

21, Newcastle
21 offers everything you would want from a classic British bistro. With its focus on flavour and finesse, the restaurant is the perfect place to take your partner to indulge in a spot of refined comfort food. Vegetarian? No problem. The meat-free menu has been cultivated with the same attention-to-detail as the main – and they even cater to vegans!
21, Trinity Gardens, Quayside, Newcaste NE1 2HH, 0191 222 0755, 21newcastle.co.uk

D’Acqua, Sunderland
Priding itself on its use of fresh, local produce, D’Acqua manages to hit all the right marks with its modern take on romantic dining. Its fusion menu, combining French, Italian and English cuisines, offers a dish for everyone, while the stunning interiors of its Grade II-listed surroundings and subtle but attentive service, make it the perfect place for a date or special anniversary.
D’Acqua, 28 John Street, Sunderland SR1 1JG, 0191 510 1585, dacqua.co.uk

 


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