Each week our reviewers score each restaurant based on quality of food, service, surroundings and value. Click here to find out which restaurants are currently in our top ten based on those results.
3:31pm Friday 29th August 2014
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2:44pm Friday 18th July 2014
3:56pm Friday 11th July 2014
ARRIVING in Boroughbridge on a warm, drowsy summer Sunday lunchtime, it’s hard to imagine the days when this town was a dusty, choked staging post on the old A1, reduced to little more than a refreshment stop for folk travelling north or south.
1:39pm Friday 4th July 2014
2:17pm Friday 27th June 2014
3:58pm Friday 20th June 2014
11:23am Friday 13th June 2014
REALISING I’ve never written a no-messing-about, noholds- barred, you-can’t-bendit, really scathing review the thought struck: ‘I’m too soft.’ Maybe, just too filled with the bonhomie of enjoying a meal with a couple of drinks, I’d soft-pedalled on some legitimate criticism, even if I had not failed altogether in my duty to report it.
12:59pm Friday 6th June 2014
4:41pm Friday 30th May 2014
3:27pm Friday 23rd May 2014
HAVING heard nothing but good things about the Fox Hall Inn since its purchase by the Barker family, we were delighted to be asked to review it, the editor having previously called on spec only to find no room at the inn.
2:47pm Friday 16th May 2014
3:20pm Friday 9th May 2014
NOT many kitchens glory in an engraved potato peeler. Ours does. It sits, unused and pristine in pride of place on the plate rack, adorned with a date in 2007, our names and those of two dear friends. Oh, and one other word: “Result!”
3:59pm Friday 2nd May 2014
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3:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014
ANOTHER week, another Indian restaurant opens in Darlington. Such are the comings and goings of this particular ethnic cuisine, a new opening hardly counts for anything these days. So what if yet another Bangladeshi curry house is making a pitch for the five-pints-of-Cobra-and-avindaloo market?
2:21pm Friday 11th April 2014
3:25pm Friday 4th April 2014
12:22pm Friday 28th March 2014
4:12pm Friday 21st March 2014
3:52pm Friday 14th March 2014
IT says much of what the uninitiated would need to know about Bistro 21 that when we told friends of our plans for a cold, wet Wednesday in mid-February, a quiet, unspoken envy would cloud their eyes.
11:18am Friday 7th March 2014
IT’S hard to think of a road – particularly one as prosaic as the A19 – as a conduit for anything special. It is just a functional connector, the A1’s poor relation, between Doncaster and Seaton Burn in Northumberland and who wants to go to either of those places?
3:01pm Friday 28th February 2014
3:44pm Friday 21st February 2014
3:33pm Friday 14th February 2014
2:03pm Friday 7th February 2014
3:30pm Friday 31st January 2014
1:58pm Friday 24th January 2014
4:00pm Friday 10th January 2014
4:03pm Friday 3rd January 2014
12:30pm Monday 6th January 2014
11:17am Friday 20th December 2013
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2:59pm Friday 6th December 2013
2:23pm Friday 29th November 2013
IT’S confession time again. Following my admission two weeks ago of the great Frenchgate Hotel flooring gaff, I feel the need to don the hair shirt again and tell you of a further editor’s misdemeanour.
12:01pm Friday 15th November 2013
1:10pm Friday 8th November 2013
WE meandered into this modern, brightly lit chain-pub, spied laughing post-work drinkers, noted the relaxed-if-slightly loud atmosphere and thought we knew what we were in for: standard, warmed-up pub grub.
11:59am Friday 1st November 2013
WHEN Stephen Hardy, head chef at The Gourmet Spot – widely recognised as one of the region’s finest eating destinations – learned I had visited for the purposes of these pages, he admitted to “a little bit of nervousness”.
3:43pm Friday 25th October 2013
IDON’T know where last week went. A butchers’ dinner, a mayor’s ball, Sunday lunch (on Saturday) at Countryside Live in Harrogate and a wife with a chest infection which kept her confined to barracks and barking like a dog.
3:58pm Friday 18th October 2013
4:21pm Friday 11th October 2013
4:06pm Friday 4th October 2013
2:45pm Friday 27th September 2013
12:19pm Friday 20th September 2013
3:01pm Friday 13th September 2013
WE all love the Bowes Museum, don’t we? It’s just such a daft, crazy place. No matter how many times I visit, I’m always struck at the apparent absurdity of building such a massive pile in such a place, an exotic French chateaustyle lump of architectural frippery in the heart of the dour North Pennines.
2:42pm Friday 6th September 2013