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Business is booming at the House of Tides, and as a result, big-name North Country chef/proprietor Kenny Atkinson has extended the interiors of this Grade I-listed merchant’s residence on Newcastle’s humming Quayside. Drinks are still served in the flagstoned bar downstairs, while the main dining space occupies the first floor: above this is a new pastry bar and private dining area, with a walk-in wine cellar at the very top of the building. Punters have a choice of three menus during the week, while Saturday brings a fleshed-out tasting extravaganza. Expect innovative user-friendly food with an emphatic modern British accent and some rustic notes – from cod cheeks with heritage carrots, crab and cumin or scallops with pork brawn, apple, smoked eel and truffle to beef with pease pudding and smoked bacon or halibut with chicken wings, hazelnuts, celeriac and pear. Desserts also have a sting in the tail – perhaps strawberries with dandelion and burdock or an assemblage of dark chocolate, popcorn, banana, peanuts and caramel. “Great for lunch with pals and special occasions”, notes a fan.

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Kenny Atkinson

Hard graft and some lucky breaks have taken Geordie Kenny Atkinson from market stall to Michelin star holder. His first gong came at St Martin’s on the Isle on the Scilly Isles, with a similar award at Seaham Hall in 2009. As a last-minute sub, he took the starter course in Great British Menu in 2009, returning the following year to win the fish stage. In 2014, he opened House of Tides in Newcastle.

Essential Details for House of Tides

  • Cuisine: British
  • Area: Tyne and Wear
  • Price: £60
  • Wine: £20
  • Champagne: £50
  • Lunch: £29/40/55 (3/5/6 Courses)
  • Dinner: £45/55/65 (4/5/6 Courses)

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