Local boy Kenny Atkinson cooks up a storm at this elegant yet unpretentious quayside restaurant
A stone’s throw from Newcastle’s iconic Tyne Bridge, House of Tides is set within a beautifully restored townhouse. Behind the stove is Newcastle-born Kenny Atkinson, who runs the restaurant with wife Abbie.
His distinguished career has seen him win Michelin stars for other people’s restaurants across the UK and beyond, but he’s now back home to give the north-east restaurant scene a much needed shot in the arm.
Awarded a Michelin star in 2016, House of Tides has been an unchecked success: a beacon of excellence in a city that’s not especially known for its food. Atkinson is a firm believer in the multi-course tasting menu approach and he doesn’t scrimp on them, with premium ingredients aplenty.
The quayside restaurant offers a set lunch and dinner menu Wednesday to Saturday (£65 and £85 per person respectively). Both start with a succession of intricate snacks, including dashi meringue, cucumber, ginger and dill; or a one-bite salt-aged beef and onion tart that leaves you wanting more. Larger plates are grounded in classicism but not boringly so, including the likes of roasted monkfish tail with mussels, sea herbs and shellfish bisque.
The Grade I-listed former merchant’s townhouse that houses the restaurant has been carefully restored to its former glory. The main dining area is unpretentious in feel with whitewashed walls and characterful wooden pillars and a muted colour palette, which contrasts with the vibrant dishes served.