House of Tides

Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of House of Tides

Silver Award

With a Michelin star in the bank (which is in fact the only one in Newcastle), 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. Fans of Great British Menu programme might recognise Atkinson from the show, which he won in 2009 and 2010.

Back in the room and 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. Interiors are a mix of old and new with weathered wooden pillars giving way to open plan spaces only filled with essentials, rather than extras – wooden tables and leather chairs are topped with clean, classic crockery.

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 native lobster with lemon and chervil or scallops with pork belly, sweetcorn and lardo to salt aged duck with apricot, black garlic and cauliflower or mussels, leek, sea purslane and caviar. After that, expect a sting in the tail from the likes of coconut with strawberries and basil or an assemblage of apple, almond and marigold for dessert. Those who prefer a savoury finish can opt to add a plate or British cheeses at the end of their meal.

There are two tasting menus available - the main menu and a vegetarian offering - and both come in at £125 per head, with the option to add a wine flight if liked. Alternatively, you can always make the decision yourself and choose from the exceptional wine list. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cosy, Fine dining, Romantic, Traditional
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


House of Tides was opened by chef Kenny Atkinson and Abbie Atkinson on Newcastle’s Quayside in 2014. The couple opened the restaurant after years of Chef Atkinson’s culinary success. Before opening the restaurant Kenny Atkinson had already won Michelin stars for two separate restaurants around the UK. House of Tides was subsequently awarded a Michelin star itself just one year after the restaurant opened and has retained that star ever since. The restaurant has now been awarded four AA rosettes, and ranked fourth at the 2021 National Restaurant Awards. The restaurant serves beautifully presented British cuisine, celebrating local ingredients, Scottish seafood and traditional flavours.

House of Tides is located in a 16th century Grade I-listed building overlooking the Tyne. The entrance hall on the ground floor still has the old merchant building’s original flagstones and beams, and the upper floor where the main restaurant is held continues the refined-rustic style. The head chef is currently Chef Jake Siddle, who has worked at the restaurant since it first opened in 2014, when he was just 17. Chef Siddle took over from Chef Danny Parker in 2018.

The restaurant offers a tasting menu for lunch and dinner and has a separate tasting menu for vegetarians. Unfortunately, it currently cannot cater to vegan diets. The tasting menus always begin with the restaurant’s signature gougere, as well as the likes of Isle of Mull scallop with bacon jam, butternut squash and truffle and Highland venison with smoked beetroot, blackberry and salsify. Each course is presented in a minimalist, classical style typical of haute cuisine. Those visiting Newcastle should note that the restaurant is only open four days a week, and is closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Although walk-ins are accepted at the restaurant, booking in advance is strongly recommended as the restaurant tends to fill up fast.


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

Yes, the restaurant has one Michelin star.

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Is the restaurant available for booking?

Yes, the restaurant is open for bookings, and requires a £50 deposit per person which is taken off the price of the meal. Cancellations must be made more than 7 days in advance of the deposit will not be refundable.

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Does the restaurant have a dress code?

Yes, the restaurant asks that customers not wear shorts, sleeveless t-shirts, hats, flip flops or (only half jokingly we suspect) Sunderland football shirts.

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28-30 The Close, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 3RF

0191 230 3720 0191 230 3720


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-13:30
Sat 12:00-13:30
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-20:30
Thu 18:00-20:30
Fri 18:00-20:30
Sat 18:00-20:30
Sun Closed


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2 Reviews 

M Stead

14 December 2016  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 5
A regular re-returner
I come here whenever I come back to Newcastle, which isn't often enough as far as my parents are concerned, but usually two or three times a year and I always book a table. This was my second visit this year, I've been tardy I admit, and it was exactly what I've expect. I actually dined here alone ass my friend wasn't able to make it last minute, though it's not really his thing anyway. Initially nervous and skeptical about dining at a Michelin star restaurant alone was dispelled immediately when I was greeted with a "Hello, Mr Stead, nice to see you again" from my lovely waiter, Adam. Sat near the back wall, I was quite happy to read my newspaper (I'm only 33 I promise, not 83!) between courses I did initially receive a few puzzled looks from other diners, but I didn't mind. Staff were welcoming as always (I've started to recognise and become friendly with a couple of them) and the courses were delicious. There's only the taster menu option of 6 courses, plus snack and amuse bouche but for £70 plus £50 wine pairing it's a real bargain. Especially considering I've paid more for lesser food down here in London! Stand out dishes were Atlantic Halibut, Sea Vegetables, Mussels, Parsley, Capers. Venison, Broccoli, Hispi Cabbage, Hen of the Woods and the Beef tartare, Kohlrabi, Brussel Sprouts, Sourdough, Truffle. Turns out I like sprouts! Who knew?! But only Michelin star sprouts... Finishing off with with my favourite cocktail of an Old Fashioned and I was the only one left in the restaurant. Bidding adieu I wandered off into the Newcastle night. Totally content and already planning my return trip to this absolute star of a restaurant.

Rebecca L

16 December 2015  
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
It could persuade me to move to the North east...
My boyfriend is from Newcastle, we live and met in London. I've always made it very clear that there isn't much that would make me move away from my beloved London. But on a recent visit to see his family in Newcastle I found a reason to consider moving to the North East. House of Tides is that good, seriously. I don't really know where to start. I was sold from the word go - the gorgeous converted building, the rustic feel and riverside location are gorgeous. The greeting was warm and to top it off the 'snacks' that are served in the bar whilst you look at the menu were oysters and sausages rolls. I like to think I'm an oyster and sausage roll kind of girl - I love a bit of a treat, a bit of decadence but nothing beats a good sausage roll does it? I was also really pleased to see as a sparkling wine fan some choices from England. Once you've had your snacks, you're taken up to the main restaurant which is actually a lot buzzier and more lively than the bar but similarly rustic is layout and style. There's a 6 course taster menu and that's it, no a la carte but I'd have chosen the taster menu anyway as it looked so good and is only £60 a head for 6 courses plus snacks and various amuse bouches and pre desserts. There wasn't a single course I didn't love. Highlights were undoubtedly the crab and beef cheek but there wasn't a morsel I didn't love. They're big on presentation but emphasis here is on texture and flavour - everything was just sublime and absolutely spot on. Interestingly, the course I was least looking forward to, the Cinnamon Crème Brulee, Mulled Wine Fruits, Pistachio, Meringue, was my favourite. I just wouldn't normally order those flavours, but it just tasted perfect. The service was excellent - we had an absolutely lovely waiter, Jonathan, who was friendly, knowledgeable and just exactly what you want from someone serving you. He genuinely seemed to love his job. There's quite a relaxed feel to the whole restaurant which really is carried by the staff. Overall, I don't know how I'm going to wait until my next visit. Worth visiting Newcastle for even if you have no other reason.
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