Sometimes frustratingly, the North East is still one of the UK’s best kept secrets. Along with my colleagues from the North East England Chamber of Commerce, I am a passionate campaigner for bringing business to the North East and there can still be a strong London-centric attitude – just as much as when when I was growing up here.
But one thing we don’t have to do up here is to wait a quarter of a year for a reservation at a local Michelin star restaurant [House of Tides]… I’ll take that!
We’re so blessed to have such beautiful places in the North East. And they’re ideal for dogs, which is good for me and my border collie.
Come rain or shine, the scenery in the North East really does take my breath away. We have so much history and heritage here and it is not hard? to make the most of it.
My favourite place to eat in the Newcastle is Peace and Loaf. Geeta Ral and Dave Coulson’s concept is sophisticated, unpretentious and edgy.
My hidden gem for eating is Franco’s Italian restaurant in Prudhoe.
My favourite place to conduct business away from the office is Malmaison. It has incredible views over the Quayside. The cocktail list isn’t bad either!
The work that city investor, art collector and philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer and his wife Jane are doing to breathe new life into Bishop Auckland’s marketplace is truly phenomenal. They are on a mission to tackle deprivation in County Durham and to put Bishop Auckland on the map. Their enthusiasm is infectious.
If I could change anything in the North East it would be to build a bigger Metro network to connect some of our best places.