Eight restaurants within striking distance of Teesside have been named amongst the UK’s best.
The annual countdown of the top 100 places to eat as voted for by the UK’s leading chefs, restaurateurs and food critics was revealed on Monday night, June 13.
The top gong went to an establishment called Ynyshir in Wales, the first time in the award’s 16-year history that a restaurant outside of England has claimed the top spot. But there were placings for a total of eight restaurants in North Yorkshire and the North East, all within a 90 minute drive of Teesside.
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Highest placed in our region was the Michelin starred The Angel at Hetton in North Yorkshire which was number 12 on the National Restaurant Awards 2022 list and was also named Gastropub of the Year. The Raby Hunt in Darlington, which has two Michelin stars, placed at number 72 and The Man Behind The Curtain in Leeds, run by Eston born chef Michael O’Hare, placed at number 61.
“Absolutely fantastic to be placed Number 12 in the @nationalrestaurantawards Top 100 UK restaurants, along with Gastropub of the year. Thank you to everyone who voted for us, it means the world,” said a statement released on social media by The Angel at Hetton.
Judges commended the restaurant and chef Michael Wignall saying: “This Yorkshire institution was one of the county’s first gastropubs when it was made famous by the late chef Denis Watkins in the 1980s. Now its reputation is on the rise again under new owner Michael Wignall, who took over the pub with his wife Johanna in partnership with James and Jo Wellock in 2018.
“Wignall is one of the UK’s most respected and accomplished chefs and has so far won a Michelin star in every kitchen he has helmed since 1993. “At The Angel Wignall is serving up more than mere pub grub, either through his à la carte menu or multi-course tasting menus that are available at both lunch and dinner. Expect a trio of snacks as well as freshly made sourdough and a selection of cultured butters before tucking into some of the most inventive cooking and immaculate plating in the country at the moment.”
Here’s the eight North Yorkshire and North East restaurants named on the top 100 list and where they placed. Have you tried any of them?
The Angel at Hetton, North Yorkshire 12
House of Tides, Newcastle 14
The Black Swan at Oldstead, North Yorkshire 32
East Wallhouses, Northumberland 48
Hjem, Hexham, Northumberland 52
The Man Behind The Curtain, Leeds 61
The Raby Hunt, Darlington, 72
Le Cochon Aveugle, York 94.
The winners were announced on Monday June 13 at a ceremony held at The Hurlingham Club in London, the awards are sponsored by Estrella Damm. Ynyshir in Wales was named the UK’s best restaurant, Simon Rogan, chef-patron of L’Enclume in Cumbria, took Chef of the Year and The Ritz took home The Service Award with the restaurant’s head chef Spencer Metzger also winning the Chef to Watch award.
Restaurateur of the Year went to Dan and Natasha Smith from The Fordwich Arms and The Bridge Arms, both in Kent. For the first time in the history of the Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards, the public was asked to vote on their favourite restaurant in the UK and the inaugural Food Lovers Award went to Beach House in Oxwich.