North Yorkshire’s most famous town would probably be Harrogate, with its healing spas, parks and gardens, it is one of the top choices for tourists. But, the county has a lot more to offer, with picturesque towns, districts and boroughs comprising it wholly. There are a lot worth seeing in the region; International Centre for Birds of Prey Duncombe in Helmsley, Swinton Park Cookery School in Masham, Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the National Railway Museum in York and of course, Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park and the historical Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.

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Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

Situated on the south bank of the historical River Tees, Middlesbrough is a lovely place to visit. It could get up to 20 degrees at most, which is perfect for people like us who loves  to walk around, exploring towns and cities. A quaint English architectural frame describes the town’s landscape. It’s a sight to see and enjoy! Also, experiencing the Transporter bridge is like etching yourself in history… The Transporter bridge, as the name suggest, carry a travelling ‘car’, or ‘gondola’, suspended from the bridge. This particular architectural feat goes across the river in 90 seconds. The gondola can carry 200 people, 9 cars, or 6 cars and one minibus! (Aight, that much!)

Temenos Sculpture

Area-wise, Middlesbrough is not as big as other North Yorkshire districts. Hop on a bus and you can get to the majestic town hall, walk a bit and you’ll find yourself at the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima). To get a fix of high-art, break away from the town centre and visit Middlehaven. There stands the Temenos sculpture, steel structure, consisting of a pole, a circular ring and an oval ring, stands approximately 110 m long and 50 m high and is held together by steel wire designed by sculptor Anish Kapoor and designer Cecil Balmond.  (It’s a £2.7 million.) There are a lot more to see in this humble town but all the walking and that would definitely bring your stomachs to growl and Middlesbrough has a lot to offer on this category, Michelin or not.

Among the restaurants in Middlesbrough, the relatively new fusion restaurant Brasserie Hudson Quay is getting a quick popularity by word of mouth. Situated near the river bank and very near the Riverside Stadium, it’s hard to miss. A modern atmosphere of European comfort  and smells of Spanish, French and Italian cuisines would welcome eager guests to this lovely venue.

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tempura king prawns, pepper pork belly, fennel and kohlrabi slaw

And because I rarely can eat fresh seafood where I’m from (landlocked Vienna is not so lovable in this sense)…my eyes were in for a feast. For starters,the  Tempura King Prawns, Pepper Pork Belly, Fennel and Kohlrabi Slaw, Soy and Honey was a tongue-tease! You would forget that they are starters, you’d be left asking for more. Growing up in a country were seafood and meat isn’t eaten together in a plate, I’m glad I broke from tradition (I was never one to conform to it anyway) and got this exquisitely made set. On a sidenote, I would have loved the Cinnamon and Star Anise Cured Salmon, Yorkshire Mixed Beetroot, Crème Fraîche & Coriander too! (Who would say no to Salmon?)

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Steamed Shetland Mussels, Chorizo, Harissa and Lemon Creme Fraiche Linguine

For the main dish, it was a battle between Steamed Shetland Mussels, Chorizo, Harissa and Lemon Creme Fraiche Linguine and Whole baked Lemon Sole, Lemon Gnocchi, Samphire and Chorizo…that was one of the moments I wished I had a bigger stomach to have them both! But, gluttony aside, I could not get a hold of fresh mussels that much so it was decision already half-won from the start. The spanish-african twist to this dish is…hmmmmmmm…well, just hhhhmmmm. “Too.much.yumminess.in.a.mouthful.”

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Sicilian Lemon Possit, Textures of Autumn Berries, Ginger & Meringue

And there’s the dessert list. I doubt if it would be easy for you to choose from the following:

– Dark Chocolate and Star Anise Gateau, Fig and Pistachio –
– Orange Marmalade Cheesecake, Salted Caramel & Cointreau –
– Sicilian Lemon Possit, Textures of Autumn Berries , Ginger and Meringue –
– Baked Vanilla Pod & Nutmeg Rice Pudding, Mulled Pear Compote –
 And choose from a Selection of Fresh Ice Creams or real fruit sorbets –
Your choice.

I say, whichever you pick is an instant winner!

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Whole Baked Camembert, Charred and Marinated Vegetables, Chutney and Garlic Ciabatta

 Their deli boards and cheese platters are worth checking out too! Do these selection leave you wanting to have a bite?  Manchego, Yorkshire Blue, Gruyere, Blacksticks Blue, Lancashire Smooth Creamy Blue or Tomme de Savoie, wheat and oat crackers, celery,steeped grapes and home made chutney, Whole Baked Camembert, Charred and Marinated Vegetables, Chutney & Garlic Ciabatta and much more…

Brasserie Hudson Quay has so much going for it and it’s not just lip service. Theirs benefit the clientele in many ranges: accessible location; and comfortable, classy interiors, fresh food and a wonderful fusion of flavors, colors, and textures, truly memorable of a grand European dining experience. Come by when the sun is setting, such an awesome view!

cozy ^_^