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 the 2016 guide, House of Tides has been an unchecked success: a beacon of excellence in a city that’s not especially well known for its food. Atkinson is a firm believer in the multi-course tasting menu approach (choose from either five or eight courses) and he doesn’t scrimp on them, with premium ingredients aplenty.
The quayside restaurant offers two tasting menus at lunch (£55 and £80) and two at dinner (£65 and £90). All start with a succession of intricate snacks, including parmesan ‘churros’ and smoked cod’s roe tart. Larger plates are grounded in classicism but not boringly so, including the likes of scallop with pork belly, sweetcorn and lardo; and beef with shallot, black garlic and lovage.
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. To the side of the restaurant is the equally attractive Violets café, overseen by trained pastry chef Abbie with an affordable, all-day, locally-sourced menu.