British, Scandinavian·

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Average Price
££££ - Over £80
British, Scandinavian
Cool, Cosy, Fine dining, Fun, Glamorous, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Unique, Widely spaced tables
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions


A traditional country inn may not be where you would expect to find a fine dining restaurant hidden away but that's exactly where Hjem is located. Tucked behind a curtain at the back of the Hadrian Hotel's bar, the tiny restaurant is the creation of Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori and his wife Ally Thompson, who's from Northumberland. Meaning 'home' in both Scandinavian and Geordie slang, Hjem aims to combine the local area's amazing produce with precise Scandi cooking to provide guests with a truly memorable dining experience.

You wouldn't know Hjem was there unless you went looking, with everything from the outside of The Hadrian pointing to a traditional pub. However, once you've found your way to the inn's hidden restaurant, you're greeted by a light-filled space with just six tables and an impressive open kitchen to one side. The elegant décor at Hjem is typically Scandinavian in style to match the intricate menu; stylish chairs sit around circular wooden tables and pendant lights hang from the ceiling.

Hjem's food offering comes in the form of one tasting menu consisting of 15-18 dishes which vary in size from snacks to larger plates and all showcase classic Scandinavian techniques and ingredients sourced from local farms and gardens. Expect dishes such as chicken liver with brown butter and plum, loin of Northumbrian roe deer with fermented cherries, hazelnuts and chives, hot and cold mackerel served with crème fraîche and mustard leaves, and horseradish ice cream with apple caramel and lavender.

In terms of drinks, sommelier Anna Frost has designed a paired wine menu to accompany the tasting menu which is focused around low-intervention and biodynamic wines. For those to do knot wish to drink, there is an equally appealing soft drink pairing which features a number of different juices designed to complement the cookery. You will also find a mixed drink pairing if you'd like to try a bit of both.


Does it have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star.

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Can it cater for dietary requirements?

Yes, if booked in advance it can cater for vegetarian and pescatarian diets.

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What cuisine is served here?

The modern Scandinavian menu is around 18 servings, some of which are small bites, others are larger dishes.

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The Hadrian Hotel, Wall, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 4EE

01434 681232 01434 681232


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-14:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 19:00-23:00
Thu 19:00-23:00
Fri 19:00-23:00
Sat 19:00-23:00
Sun Closed


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1 Review 

M Stead

28 April 2024  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 3
Mam, I'm hjem
This isn't a BAD review, I hate writing them, this is a disappointed review as I’ve been wanting to go to Hjem for a while now.
In the heart of the Northumberland countryside Hjem, run by Head chef Alexander Nietosvuori, won its first star in 2021. 
Serving mostly seafood I was a little disappointed with the menu. I find sometimes the issue with 1 stars is they are so terrified of losing it they don’t continue to innovate, which ironically moves away from what got them the star in the first place.
Staff were lovely and kind except for the sommelier who at one point rolled his eyes at my dining partner (who is not an idiot when it comes to wine but knows what they like) when turning away…
My friend recently went to La Dame de Pic, a two star costing £195, this is £150. I know which one I'd rather go to 
I’m glad I went but I won’t hurry back


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01434 681232 01434 681232

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