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.