THE town of Hexham is soon to be down to one Chinese takeaway from three at the beginning of lockdown.

The announcement that Silver Palace had closed after 50 years in the town was followed by the news that the popular Golden Dragon takeaway and restaurant would also cease to trade in the near future.

However, there are plenty of options elsewhere in Tynedale judging by the comments from Hexham Courant readers.

We asked for readers' recommendations of the best places to grab food inspired by the taste of the Orient.

In no particular order, the following businesses proved popular.

Amber, Corbridge

One of the most popular recommendations was Amber in Corbridge which ws described by John Colman as the best Chinese takeaway in the whole of Northumberland.

Leanne Dodd agreed and said there was "always amazing food and the staff are lovely".

Cara-Jade Higgins described Amber as 'always really nice'.

Amy Towler was sure of her claim that Amber 'was the best'.

Golden Dragon, Hexham

Despite its recent announcement of its imminent closure, local people still hold Golden Dragon close to their hearts.

Jane Bowman said: "The food is always fresh and very tasty. I will be very sad to see it close."

Thea Willis said, quite simply: "Golden Dragon, easy win."

Lisa Buchanan backed up the claims saying that it was 'without a doubt' the best Chinese takeaway.

Golden Rice, Hexham

The soon to be only restaurant in Hexham scored high praise from customers, with Jennie Wright saying: "The nicest I'e had out of Newcastle and reasonable prices too."

Alison Ridley said it was 'by far the best'.

Happy Valley, Bellingham

The North Tyne business was mentioned numerous times with Dave Bambrough claiming 'the food is always fresh and tasty, and the ribs were gorgeous'.

Paul Robbie seconded saying: "Amazing, fresh and worth the drive. No heated up, frozen slop up there and the quality never fails."

Princess Garden, Ponteland

Dale Golightly was a big fan of the establishment as he said: "I've never had a bad meal yet and it is reasonably priced for a restaurant."

Others suggestions included Lucky Palace, in Haltwhistle, Wylam's Garden, and Lotus House, in Prudhoe.