1. House of Tides
What is it? A michelin star restaurant in a historic building with an absolutely killer tasting menu.
Why go? This award-winning Newcastle restaurant is led by Kenny Atkinson, a familiar face on television, not least for his two wins on The Great British Menu. House of Tides does fine-dining but without the pretention. Its tasting menu is understated and perfectly paired, with the emphasis on local and seasonal. Oh, and it's got four AA rosettes, too. High-end.