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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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Modern city dining with distinctive panache

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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 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. His two-storey operation lights up the scene with a bare wood ambience for cocktails and modern dining, to a soundtrack of rock faves of the past 20 years. Those signing up for the upstairs tasting menu should be prepared to receive all their cutlery in one compendious clatter, as part of an experience that aims for true distinctiveness from the get-go. Canapés alone are a dream, including a parmesan churro topped with truffled onion. The menu soon gets into its stride, perhaps with mussels and sea purslane on baby leeks with a potato galette, and then an intermediate serving of Cerney Ash cheese with broccoli, pine-nuts and the haunting aroma of more 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, while dessert plays variations of texture and temperature with apple parfait sandwiched by almond tuiles and the scent of marigold alongside an ice cream flavoured with croissant.

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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