26. Barrio Comida, Newcastle
The head chef here (Shaun Hurrell, for those who want to know) had a stint in fancy London restaurants, moved back up, and realised what Newcastle really needed, rather than haute cuisine, was just some bloody good tacos. So, he opened Barrio Comida. And I’m suggesting you go try it, as I think all any of us ever really need are just some bloody good tacos.
27. The Kingham Plough, Oxfordshire
Yes, I love fancy fine dining. But you will also regularly find me going to town on a quarter pounder with cheese in McDonald’s (let he without sin cast the first stone, I KNOW YOU LIKE A DIRTY FAST FOOD BURGER TOO), and honestly, there’s nothing that gets me off more than a solid pub – ain’t nothing wrong with a good ‘spoons, friends.
The Kingham Plough combines the best of both worlds: cosy, down-to-earth surrounds, but their pub grub is elevated to an artform, thanks to chef Emily Watkins. Lovely homey pub with a fine dining edge?