Opening on May 1st 2019, Restaurant Hjem (pronounced ‘yem’) will see the best produce from Northumberland come together with Scandinavian values and cooking techniques to offer a menu of beautiful and innovative dishes.
Attached to popular pub, The Hadrian at Wall, the 24-cover restaurant, which boasts a stunning open kitchen, will bring the flavours and style of Scandinavia to the Tyne Valley with an ambitious tasting menu people will want to travel for.
Hjem is the dream project of Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori and his partner, Northumberland-born Ally Thompson, who have created a destination restaurant in the heart of Hadrian’s Wall country, which represents the very best of their respective backgrounds. Indeed the name itself, Hjem means ‘home’ in both Northumbrian and Scandinavian.
After spending 20 years gaining experience across some top restaurants in Scandinavia and the UK, the couple felt ready to start realising their ambition of opening a fine dining restaurant against a gorgeous Northumberland backdrop.
Ally says, “I grew up in Northumberland and didn’t appreciate how beautiful it was until I left. I want to show off the best of the county and its produce to the rest of the UK and beyond.
“Bringing both mine and Alex’s backgrounds and passions together to offer a new fine dining experience in Northumberland feels very exciting and special. We’ve been talking about this for such a long time, it’s wonderful to see everything coming together just as we imagined.
“The past few weeks have seen a lot of hard work, but looking around the restaurant and seeing people enjoying what we’ve created makes it all worthwhile. We can’t wait to welcome lots of people to our Hjem.”
Alex says, “Having worked in some amazing restaurants, I always knew I wanted to have my own restaurant one day. I want to lead my own team and mentor my chefs in the way that previous chefs have mentored and inspired me.
“I have a real passion for developing new dishes and menus and love finding new techniques for working with ingredients. Northumberland is an amazing place for sourcing top quality produce and I’ve loved developing a whole range of dishes.”