Restaurant Hjem (pronounced ‘yem’) is the brainchild of Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori and his partner, Northumberland-born Ally Thompson, with the menu designed to represent both of their respective backgrounds.
Nietosvuori has previously worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in Scandinavia including Maaemo in Oslo, while Thompson managed restaurants in Copenhagen before later moving to London to work at the Galdwin brothers’ Nutbourne restaurant in Battersea.
“Having worked in some amazing restaurants, I always knew I wanted to have my own restaurant one day,” says Nietosvuori.
“Northumberland is an amazing place for sourcing top quality produce and I’ve loved developing a whole range of dishes.”
The 24-cover restaurant will be attached to The Hadrian at Wall pub, which Nietosvuori and Thompson have also taken charge of.
Diners will be able to choose between a 12-course tasting menu (£75 per person) or a six-course ‘tasting experience’ (£45 per person), which combine small bites with larger dishes.
The regularly changing menu is set to include guinea fowl and Jerusalem artichoke; sunflower seed tart with chicken liver and pine; rabbit loin tartare; scallops with bacon and kale; and horseradish sorbet with apple caramel and blossom.