Our readers have compiled their favourite and unforgettable North East restaurants that have since closed.

The restaurants have clearly left a lasting impact, with locals echoing their nostalgia in heartfelt comments.

These cherished restaurants offered a diverse variety of cuisines, from Chinese delicacies at Paradise Garden in Sunderland to the classic Italian dishes of DaVinci in Chester le Street.

While the North East misses its beloved restaurants, the shared memories offer a delicious trip down memory lane.

Extraordinary eateries like Pizzeria La Cantina, Oldfield's in Durham, and Collins’ in Chester-Le-Street were also fondly remembered by some.

There was plenty of affection for the Blue Lagoon, Grange Road, Darlington.

Karen Clifton said, "Blue Lagoon Grange Road Darlington owned by brothers Peter and Chris, miss the restaurant and them so much."

The Blue Lagoon was an undeniable favourite, earning numerous mentions from readers such as Pete Matthews, Beryl Hankin, Wendy Clark, and Margaret Eden.

The Raj in Shildon and The Green Tree were another couple of names that stood out amongst the many shared.

After all, nothing pulls on heartstrings quite like one's favourite restaurant being shut.

Emma Johnson reminiscence about Pizza Land in Durham stated, "Pizza Land Durham better than any Pizza Hut in taste quality; it was a treat with the family to go there."

Pizza lover and top fan Carl Walker spoke about a popular venue called Sassari: "Durham Sardinian restaurant I believe it's moved to Middlesbrough."

Certainly, the former favourite restaurants reflect the rich diversity of the North East's culinary landscape.

Love was also expressed for other beloved dining spots, including The Bridgwater Arms, The King's Arms in Great Stainton, Starters in Yarm, Fat Buddha, and Fatso's on Prince Regent St Stockton.