House of Tides
“Assured cooking in characterful dockside building” - AA Inspector
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, TYNE & WEAR
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An elegant Grade 1 listed 16th-century merchant’s townhouse in the shadow of the iconic Tyne Bridge, House of Tides is the flagship of local culinary hero Kenny Atkinson. This contemporary restaurant set across two floors has brought top-flight modern cooking to Newcastle’s bustling quayside. Expertly crafted cocktails in the downstairs bar are a curtain-raiser to the main event, which is delivered via a tasting menu in the refined beamed dining room with its sloping floors and lopsided ceilings. Although produce from the North East is the cornerstone of the modern British menus, the kitchen isn’t afraid to look globally for inspiration, as in a fragrant canapé of tomato and cumin gougère. Everything that appears from the kitchen is top-drawer, starting with the warm malted sourdough and creamy cultured butter. Seafood is exceptional, whether it’s king crab with cucumber, ginger and dill or a piece of super-fresh halibut teamed with a Mediterranean-style courgette, basil, tomato and sea herbs. Meat is a strong point, too, with a precisely cooked veal sweetbread turning up with apple, lovage and truffle, and Yorkshire lamb accompanied by baby gem lettuce, smoky barbecued aubergine and mint. A separate tasting menu for vegetarians is certainly no afterthought and includes such intelligent dishes as the silky kohlrabi ravioli with pine nuts, pak choi and chive, and carrot, baby gem, sea buckthorn, black garlic. Texture and temperature tends to be the template for the inventive desserts which might include coconut parfait, white chocolate, mango, sesame and mango praline choux. The attention to detail continues with the intricate petits fours. Although the carefully chosen wine pairings by the glass with the tasting menu are spot on, there is also an excellent list which showcases Atkinson’s favourite bottles from around the world.
Facilities – at a glance
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 50
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: false
- Wines under £30: 7
- Wines over £30: 193
- Wines by the glass: 40
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Discover Tyne & Wear
The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear encompasses Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Shields and Sunderland, as well as part of Hadrian’s Wall. The county is cut through by the two rivers after which it is named. The area grew prosperous on coal and shipbuilding, and buildings of Victorian grandeur reflect its heyday. George Stephenson established an ironworks here in 1826, and the first engine on the Stockton and Darlington railway was made in Newcastle.
Newcastle’s ‘new castle’ is believed to date from the 11th century, though the present keep dates from the 12th. Other ancient buildings include the cathedral and Guildhall, while contemporary constructions include the Metro, which links Newcastle to Gateshead (along with several bridges), and the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex.
Jarrow, five miles east of Newcastle, is remembered for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936, when 200 men marched to London to bring attention to the plight of unemployed shipbuilders. The town was also the home of monk-scholar, the Venerable Bede, whose 8th-century work, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, was the first important history written about the English.
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