House of Tides

“Intelligent modern cooking by the quayside.” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, TYNE & WEAR

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In the shadow of the iconic Tyne Bridge, House of Tides has been instrumental in Newcastle’s restaurant revival and it has brought top-flight modern cooking to the now bustling quayside. There is still a rustic feel to the building, an elegant Grade I listed, 16th-century merchant’s townhouse close to the water’s edge. The mothership of local culinary hero Kenny Atkinson, this contemporary restaurant is set across two floors. The dishes are delivered via a tasting menu in the refined beamed dining room with its sloping floors and lopsided ceilings. Although produce from the north-east is the cornerstone of the modern British menus, the kitchen isn’t afraid to look globally for inspiration. Everything that appears from the kitchen is top-drawer and seafood is exceptional, as is evident in an appetiser of Lindisfarne oyster topped with a vibrant marigold and elderflower dressing. It might be followed by a starter of Whitby crab, Charentais melon, coconut, curry and yuzu. Meat and poultry is a strong point, too, so don’t overlook dishes like poached and roasted chicken - breast and leg - Sarladaise potatoes, fennel, lemon and thyme. If fish is your thing go for the precisely cooked line-caught cod, asparagus, radish, jalapeños and Romaine sauce. A separate tasting menu for vegetarians is certainly no afterthought and includes intelligent dishes such as girolles, truffles, spätzle, peas, baby spinach and Comte cheese or Jersey Royals, onion, BBQ leek and Montgomery Cheddar. Texture and temperature tend to be the template for the inventive desserts which might include a combination of mango parfait, lychee, yuzu and sesame. The attention to detail continues with the intricate petits fours. Although the carefully chosen wine pairings by the glass with the tasting menu are spot on, there is also an excellent list which showcases Atkinson’s favourite bottles.

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House of Tides
28–30 The Close, Quayside, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3RF

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 50
  • On-site parking available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: See website for details
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 193
  • Wines by the glass: 40
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Tyne & Wear

The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear encompasses Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Shields and Sunderland, as well as part of Hadrian’s Wall. The county is cut through by the two rivers after which it is named. The area grew prosperous on coal and shipbuilding, and buildings of Victorian grandeur reflect its heyday. George Stephenson established an ironworks here in 1826, and the first engine on the Stockton and Darlington railway was made in Newcastle.

Newcastle’s ‘new castle’ is believed to date from the 11th century, though the present keep dates from the 12th. Other ancient buildings include the cathedral and Guildhall, while contemporary constructions include the Metro, which links Newcastle to Gateshead (along with several bridges), and the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex.

Jarrow, five miles east of Newcastle, is remembered for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936, when 200 men marched to London to bring attention to the plight of unemployed shipbuilders. The town was also the home of monk-scholar, the Venerable Bede, whose 8th-century work, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, was the first important history written about the English.

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