Danish cafe in Kensington (with a South Ken sibling) serving Kiss the Hippo coffee.
Harden's survey result
“Wow, just wow” – “gorgeous, delicious, astoundingly flavourful dishes” combine with “thoroughly individual service” to create “absolutely outstanding” meals at this Scandi-inspired three-year-old that “has not been resting on its laurels”. Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori and his Northumberland-born partner Ally Thompson “have created a laid-back foodie haven” tucked away inside a pub beside Hadrian’s Wall – which its many fans regard as “our happy place”. For some, it’s “a huge trek to get there, but so worth it, what a treat!". “Shout out too to Anna (Frost), the sommelier, who has curated an unusual and largely biodynamic wine list.” And for those who stay overnight, the breakfast spread in the morning simply prolongs the fun.
“A great addition to the Northumberland food scene…”, “their recent Michelin star is well-deserved…”, “such a unique place to dine”… just a few of the paeans directed at chef Alex Nietosvuori’s Scandi-themed two-year-old, where even those with high hopes were “blown away” by the “incredible, precise, beautiful cooking” that “really showcases the wonderful local produce the chef is using” (and comes in elaborate 15-18 course servings). The “unusual and largely biodynamic wine list curated by sommelier Anna Frost” also merits diners' attention.
Run by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori (‘Hjem’ means ‘home’ in both the local Northumbrian and some Scandinavian dialects) – this May 2019 yearling opened just as the survey was concluding. With 24 seats, the aim is to deliver Scandi-inspired cuisine via either a six-course or 12-course tasting menu. Some initial adulatory press reviews suggest that visitors to Hadrian’s Wall at last have a foodie stop-off as a competing attraction.
Run by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori (‘Hjem’ means ‘home’ in both the local Northumbrian and some Scandinavian dialects) – this May 2019 newcomer opened just as the survey was concluding. With 24 seats, the aim is to deliver Scandi-inspired cuisine via either a six-course or 12-course tasting menu. Some initial adulatory press reviews suggest that visitors to Hadrian’s Wall at last have a foodie stop-off as a competing attraction.
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Hjem Restaurant Diner Reviews
"After a previous meal and stay in the comfortable rooms, we brought our son for lunch on the Saturday, We've not always had such brilliant return visits to some, nominally, equally good restaurants but Hjem did not disappoint. The food is magnificent, bites of such incredible flavour, alternately complex or simple; halibut in almond milk as an example. The service is attentive and friendly and, above all, warm. They've more than achieved their aim of creating a home away from home, but with blinking great cooking."
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The Hadrian Hotel, Wall, NE46 4EE
|Wednesday||7 pm‑11 pm|
|Thursday||7 pm‑11 pm|
|Friday||7 pm‑11 pm|
|Saturday||7 pm‑11 pm|