Newcastle upon Tyne

An intimate tasting menu restaurant from the House of Tides stable


Kenny Atkinson’s follow-up to his Newcastle restaurant House of Tides has impressed with the chef once again demonstrating his ability to consistently attract Michelin stars. Just down the road from his debut solo restaurant project, Solstice seats just 14 diners and offers 15 to 18-course tasting menu of finely-tuned modern cuisine.

The restaurant is billed as a more intimate and focused counterpoint to House of Tides. Atkinson’s menu gives very little away with each course named after a single ingredient. The menu is big on premium ingredients with the likes of caviar, langoustine, wagyu beef, scallop, turbot and squab pigeon featuring heavily.

Located a little more into town than its older sibling, the restaurant’s key feature is a sleek, generously-marbled kitchen that screams gastronomic ambition. The dining room is a simply yet tastefully done with Scandi-style chairs, light wooden floors and striking light fittings designed to reference the restaurant’s name.

North East born and raised, Atkinson earned stars for a number of other people’s restaurants including St Martin’s on the Isle in the Scilly Isles and Seaham Hall in County Durham. He and his wife and business partner Abbie struck out on their own with House of Tides in 2014.

Solstice has cemented Atkinson reputation as one of the north’s most proficient and exciting chefs. What is especially impressive is that he has created two smash hit restaurants in a city that - traditionally, at least - would rather have a Gregg’s sausage roll than a fine dining experience.