We’re the Taste of the North East!

We’re delighted to have won for the Taste of the North East Award 2020!!!

The award was announced at a virtual North East England Tourism Awards ceremony this week due to Covid-19, where we are all staying safe indoors. The wonders of technology!

The format of the awards was tweaked this year so that it aligned more closely with the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence and reflect innovations across the industry. Eligible winners of the North East England Tourism Awards will be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.

Each of the shortlisted businesses went through a thorough judging process, focused on experiencing their offer first-hand. As well as being evaluated by a judging panel made up of industry experts, planned visits by judges or ‘mystery shoppers’ helped to inform the final decisions.

Dobson & Parnell was opened in 2016 on Newcastle quayside by Andy Hook along with Troy Terrington as Chef Patron.  The restaurant offers casual fine dining with creative, seasonal British and European cuisine.  The restaurant, which is also listed in the Michelin, Good Food and Hardens Guides offers set, a la carte and tasting menus in an elegant Victorian dining room.

Andy Hook, managing director said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to have won this award and to be acknowledged as the best restaurant in the region by tourism experts especially as our sister restaurant, Blackfriars held the title the year previously.  These are really challenging times for the industry and we hope we can adapt and grow in the future as our world changes when lockdown ends”.

The judges awarded the restaurant for its “amazing experience in terms of quality of the food and service with particular note of its tasting menu and matching wines.

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance.

The full list of winners is here.


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