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The Angel Inn at Hetton is the UK’s original gastropub. For many years it has held the reputation of being the destination establishment in one of the most exquisite corners of the North Yorkshire Dales. Famous for its food as well as its warm, welcoming atmosphere - it has maintained a strong following among locals as well as with customers from all over the world.
The Angel’s fortunes took an exciting turn in September 2018 with the arrival of a new management team. At the helm is chef patron Michael Wignall. Michael and his wife Johanna – along with James and Josephine Wellock – have a combined vision to keep everything that the Angel was famous for; fantastic food, a warm welcome and a deep connection with the dramatic Yorkshire landscape – and make it outstanding.
Two Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall has reimagined the pub’s offering and created a fabulous new menu for the 60-seat restaurant. In 2019 a brand new fine dining restaurant called Cove will be added to the mix, putting the Angel on every gourmet food lovers bucket list.
With a style that’s casual and contemporary, the new Angel is all about great food and great hospitality – and it aims to give people a relaxed experience no matter who they are or where they choose to dine, Angel or Cove.
Michael Wignall delivers food that wows on every plate. His ever evolving style creates unique dishes full of flavour, underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. Describing his food as ‘modern, technical and meaningful’, each element brings flavour or texture, enticing diners to experience new combinations and ingredients.
As a northerner, Michael is particularly happy to return to the region. When it comes to local produce, he is passionate about the quality of everything from cheese, to herbs to meat.
In particular, Michael sees seafood from Hartlepool as truly world-class. He has been incredibly excited to get his hands on such produce again.