My favourite afternoon tea in the North-East.
Some places take a bashing on this site – others are heaped with love, fondness and a plea for you to go and visit them. This one is the latter.
Our visit to The Raby Hunt (DL2 3UD) was long overdue. For the past couple of years, it has been, and still is the region’s only Michelin star restaurant, with rave reviews from foodies all over the country.
Driving through “The Wynd”, and into the grounds of Wynyard Hall (TS225NF), it’s hard not to be jealous and impressed by the man$ions which would make Darras Hall blush, but remember – it is only Teesside. It serves you well to remember these epic estates as they give you an idea of the kind of clientele that get to call this place their “local”. They might not have too much trouble paying the bill, but in times of austerity, we can imagine the prices at Wynyard will scare off the average punter. Of course a captive, affluent customer base attracts a premium, but the quality of the food has to stand for itself. So does it?
It’s unusual that many times we’re asked “where’s good to eat in Newcastle”, and one of the first answers always tends to be in a pub. Sadly, if you go a little further afield than the Quayside, “proper” good pub food is much harder to find – something which the newly refurbished Lambton Worm (DH3 4AJ) hopes to change.
Update: Oldfields is now closed.
Quick brunch is mostly a hit.
Oldfields (18 Claypath), promises “real British food, simply prepared using the finest, local farm-sourced seasonal produce, at good value”. Having visited on two occasions, I probably can’t argue with that.