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With a Michelin star in the bank, business is booming at the House of Tides, and 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, 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. It’s “excellent in every way”, says a fan. There’s a choice of menus, although innovative user-friendly food is the bottom line, with an emphatic modern British accent and some “fabulous” rustic notes – from mackerel with artichoke and blackberry or butternut squash with bacon and truffle to venison tartare with beetroot, blackberries and kale or lamb with broccoli, tomato and radish. After that, expect a sting in the tail from the likes of pear with almond and ginger or an assemblage of raspberry, lemon and pine nuts. “I’m dying to go back”, confesses one convert.

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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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