North East restaurant Hjem becomes third in region to be awarded a Michelin Star
Hjem has become the first Northumberland restaurant to be awarded a coveted Michelin Star.
It has been included in the 2021 Michelin Guide less than two years after welcoming its first guests.
Hjem - located in Wall in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall Country – will now join fellow star recipients Newcastle’s House of Tides and The Raby Hunt in Darlington at the North East’s top table.
Head chef Alex Nietosvuori, who runs Hjem with his partner, Ally Thompson, said: “It’s such a fantastic honour to be given this recognition and we could not be happier.
“As a chef, this is one of the achievements you aim for… which makes this a day for big celebrations!”
The announcement was made during a digital launch presented by TV personality Davina McCall and Michelin International Director, Gwendal Poullennec.
Ally, who along with Alex, was watching proceedings from the comfort of Hjem’s elegant 24-cover dining room, said: “We are absolutely over the moon and can’t quite believe it.
“It’s fair to say this has been the worst year for hospitality anyone can remember, so to get this news is such an amazing boost for the whole Restaurant Hjem team, who work so incredibly hard – and of course our wonderful North East suppliers.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be Northumberland’s only Michelin starred restaurant and look forward to being able to open our doors again to celebrate with friends and guests.”
Like the rest of the UK hospitality industry, Restaurant Hjem has been operating under a range of Government restrictions throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and is currently closed due to lockdown.
Alex said: “The past 10 months have of course been very frustrating and uncertain, so to get a Michelin Star during such a challenging time is truly wonderful.
“It makes us even more eager – if that’s possible - to get back in the kitchen!”
Ally added: “On a personal note, I’m also pretty excited as Alex always said he’d propose when he got a Michelin Star!”
Hjem, which is typically booked up three months in advance, serves a tasting menu for £85; with wine and juice pairing options. There are also Dinner B&B packages available.
To find out more visit www.restauranthjem.co.uk or its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.