Dinner for two - we're spoilt for choice for romantic meals in the North East
PUBLISHED: 10:31 10 February 2012 | UPDATED: 21:02 20 February 2013
February is often a dark and miserable month but Valentine's Day gives us all a chance to bring a little romance back into our lives, writes Sue Campbell
If youre looking for somewhere to experience a romantic meal on Valentines Day, the North East has plenty of choice. The region is home to some of the most romantic love stories ever told, with dramatic castles and coastline, areas of outstanding natural beauty and cities full of excitement. What more could you ask?
The region also has some of the best local food and drink youll find anywhere in the country. From Teesdale lamb, to panhaggerty, pease pudding to stottie cake, theres not only a wealth of food and traditional dishes, but a treasure chest of excellent restaurants serving them.
If you need some help finding excellent local producers try Taste North East, the regions not-for-profit food and drink membership organisation, www.tastenortheast.co.uk Or have a look at the Love Food Project, which supports the production, promotion, use and appreciation of locally grown or reared food throughout Teesdale, Weardale, the Allen Valleys and Derwentside, www.lovefood.me And theres no shortage of romantic settings around the region to choose from either.
Walk through Durham City by night. Visit the spectacular castle, looming out of the night sky, lit from below and looking thoroughly majestic. And its got super restaurants to make it a great romantic experience.
Or what about a walk in beautiful Kielder? Its perfect for a romantic picnic, using local food and drink of course, and you can snuggle under a blanket and stargaze the night away.
Or you could be king and queen of the castle. The North East is home to more castles than any other region, and Dunstanburgh Castle a coastal ruin full of drama and majesty is one of the most magnificent you could wish for.
But make sure you leave enough time on your romantic visit to sample the legendary Craster Kippers, which are still smoked in a traditional smokehouse in the heart of the village.
And for those who would like to improve their minds, try one of our great
museums. Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle has a lovely refurbished eating area, just right for a tete a tete over a cream tea.
The North East has a lot offer the old romantic in you. Love food? Love the North East.