Northumberland's own Pine listed among top European restaurants by guide

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Pine Restaurant has been included as part of 555 European restaurants on the highly regarded Opinionated About Dining list, with The Black Swan and The Angel also featured

Pine restaurant has been listed among the best eateries in Europe by a continent-wide group of experts.

The Opinionated About Dining team declared Pine as number 195 out of 555 restaurants across Europe. The Black Swan at Oldstead was ranked 196 while The Angel at Hetton was seen on the list at 198.

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Three of the north east’s finest establishments can be found on the long-running list, which was established in 2004 by business entrepreneur Steve Plotnicki. It was originally designed to document his dining experiences but soon expanded as people grew tired of predictable guide suggestions.

Over the last 17 years, OAD has added more to its dining guide and has a collection of 6,000 foodies contributing 200,000 reviews each year. Those covering the sites will detail price points, passion for food and taste in restaurants across Europe.

Pine’s chef-owner Cal Byerley and front-of-house manager and co-owner Sian Byerley said: ''2024 is turning out to be a good year. We raised a whopping £82,000 for Cancer Research UK with BiteBack, Vanessa our Head Sommelier has been listed among the top 100 sommeliers in the UK, and Pine was listed at number 12 in the Top 100 UK restaurants at the National Restaurant Awards and now we’ve found out that we’re the top-ranked restaurant in the region in the OAD European dining list is a bit nuts. 

“All of these successes are down to every single member of the team and it’s their efforts day in and day out that bring rewards like these and we really can’t thank them all for what they do.’’

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