Tucked away in the George Washington Hotel, Carter & Fitch is a new heavy hitter on the South of Tyne dining scene. Given the size of Washington and the captive audience of hotel guests, restaurants have always been lacking in the area.
This is where the £500,000 investment in the dining venue starts to earn its keep.
Sitting gazing out of the windows of the River Bar, sipping a cocktail from a jam jar and tucking in to barbecued meat, you’d be excused for thinking you were sitting in backwater USA. On the banks of the River Wear in Fatfield, the hottest place to be in Washington is bringing a laid back American smokehouse vibe to the North East.
Part of the Cairn Group colossus, the River Bar shares an impressive line up alongside Sohe, 97 & Social and Fiume, the Italian eatery that sits neatly above the Washington bar.