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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Gourmet paradise down by the riverside

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

It's fair to say that born-and-bred Geordie Kenny Atkinson's contemporary restaurant has put this previously neglected quarter of the city, in the immediate shadow of the Tyne Bridge, back on the modern map. Set within a beautifully restored, Grade 1-listed 16th-century former merchant’s townhouse, his much-accoladed, two-storey operation lights up the scene with a bare wood ambience for cocktails and modern dining, to a soundtrack of rock favourites of the past 20 years. Those signing up for the tasting menu upstairs should be prepared to receive their cutlery in one compendious clatter, as part of an experience that aims from the get-go for true distinctiveness. While acknowledging the north east, the modern British tasting menus also draw inspiration from further afield, as in dream canapés, including a parmesan churro with smoked cod's roe tart. Other potential highlights include mussels and sea purslane on baby leeks with caviar, and then an intermediate serving of Cerney Ash cheese with broccoli, confit potato, pine-nuts and shaved truffle. Meat is top-drawer, as in the meltingly tender beef fillet that comes with crumbed sweetbreads, confit shallots, dots of black garlic purée and lovage in a rich beef jus, or if at this point you'd prefer seafood, try scallop with pork belly, sweetcorn and lardo. Desserts play variations of texture and temperature, such as apple parfait sandwiched by almond tuiles and the scent of marigold alongside sweet croissant ice cream. On the other hand, a simple selection of British cheeses might be just the ticket. Proudly moulded with the letters HoT, the salted caramel petits fours are made with lovely dark bitter chocolate dusted with gold. Although there's absolutely no need, feel free to go off-piste from the carefully chosen wine pairings with something else from the excellent list that showcases Atkinson's favourites from around the world.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 2019: 1–8 January, 15–21 April, 26–31 August, 23–31 December
  • Days closed: Sunday to Monday and Tuesday lunch
  • Closed for lunch: Sunday to Tuesday
  • Closed for dinner: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef(s): Kenny Atkinson

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 7
  • Wines over £30: 193
  • Wines by the glass: 40

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 12
  • On-site parking available
  • Off-site parking available: £1.20 per hour (free after 6pm)

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Newcastle Central
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