At one end of the historic city of Durham, in the North-West coast of England in Shincliffe, there is an Inn where you can spend the night. It´s definitely more famous though for its superb cuisine. Founded in the eighteenth century, it currently offers a variety of food for lunch, dinner and Sundays. The wine and beer lists are also extensive. The cuisine, which is traditional British with use of local products, offers excellent meats, such as lamb's leg and an original black-pudding skewer. There´s also trout or salmon and very tasty vegetarian options. The atmosphere is good and the service most professional. Recommended by Michelin Guide, this inn is a good place to break that bad stereotype about British cuisine.
Between Durham and Sunderland, and very close to the Angel of the North, you can find this restaurant pub on the highway. It's one of the best examples I know of the evolution of British cuisine and a place that demystifies the familiar cliché about the poor quality of cuisine. The décor is traditional: fireplace, wood beams among other things. A wide and varied menu: Food, wine and beer, plus good service, makes this place an excellent restaurant. Whenever we are in the area we love to return and we have been a few times already. It's an ideal place if you want to celebrate something in the North-East (Newcastle area). It has long opening hours, seven days a week. Once again I have listed this restaurant as international cuisine, but the quality in relation to an excellent price, claims the cooking is British or English.