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US$75 - US$116
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This characterful Grade I listed merchant’s house sits on the historic quayside. It’s a vast place, with a rustic ground floor bar featuring flagged fl...
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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, I've been here a few times, and sharing my thoughts finally... I really want to give it 4 or 5 stars but it just isn't worth that sadly. I've eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants across the globe and this just doesn't warrant the...accolade. Some courses were tasty. The whole thing was overpriced (not to be mistaken for unaffordable) and the ambience is lacking. I understand the principle of resting food but to be served tepid dishes is just not acceptable. There is very little atmosphere despite the lovely building and polite service. There is just something a little lacklustre about the whole thing which is hard to put your finger on. I held off writing this on my previous visits as I so wanted a local restaurant to live up to the hype or stars, but third time wasn't a charm and so I think a balanced review is required. I think the dinner cost around £450 for 2, not overly expensive but certainly overpriced for the experience and food quality. Locally, I think we have better value options when considering food, ambience and drinks. Peace and loaf easily outranks house of tides for instance. Lovely sweetbreads, tasty cheese but otherwise just OK. Won't be rushing back.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The taster menu and wine pairing is possibly the best I've ever had. Every dish seemed to get better and it started with an excellent crab.

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must on our visits to Newcastle and this visit certainly didn't disappoint. The general view of all 4 was that this was the best yet. From the Tomato and Cumin gougere to the Scottish Trout, through Roasted monkfish and Yorkshire Lamb each was a...taste sensation. The vegetarian in the group was entranced by his selection and the clever way it mimicked the presentation of the meat courses. What next in the new venture and a well deserved top 5 place in the latest restaurant awards.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 14 August 2021 via mobile

Reservations require some notice at the moment, bit any wait will be worth the experience. We enjoyed the lunch menu, at £85 per head. The staff here deliver consistently attentive and friendly service. There are little touches that put you at ease and make you...feel very welcome. The current tasting menu is fantastic. We particularly enjoyed the veal sweetbreads, halibut and lamb, but to be honest, all courses were presented beautifully and were cooked to perfection. This was a particularly enjoyable experience and we ticked off ones of my wife's bucket list items; eating at a Michelin star restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 12 August 2021

Wow. What a disappointment. Came here on holiday to celebrate our anniversary. From start to finish it was mediocre, nothing special and very underwhelming. To start, on arrival the front of house/manager lady that met us was very unfriendly and didn’t even smile. Which wasn’t...the best start! The first course/appetiser in the bar was nice. Our second course, the vegetarian option of potato’s was bland and boring. The third course, bread and butter, was fine but we have dined elsewhere where this course has included a variety of breads and butters which makes it much more interesting. Fourth course was the veal sweetbread which was very good and possibly the only course that lived up to the expected standard of a Michelin star restaurant. The fifth course was the vegetarian option of the ravioli which was honestly horrific. Completely overseasoned and all you could taste was salt. We fed this back to our server to be told she would tell the chef. That was the last we heard about it. The sixth course my husband had the lamb and I the vegetarian option of the braised carrot. Both were nice, but again nothing wowed us. Seventh course was the desert which was a coconut parfait with mango sorbet and a tweel. Nice, but coconut was barely detectable. My husband also felt the sesame tweel overpowered the rest of the flavours. Finally, to top it off we had the petit four (a choux pastry that was very rich and unbalanced) and a tea and coffee. Somehow the tea was charged at £6.50, and the Americano at £6… steep compared with prices charged at other similar standard of restaurants. Finally, they only serve wine by the glass in 125ml servings which was frustrating and no reason given why. All in all, just a grossly underwhelming meal and not one course stood out as being a perfect, well balanced dish that wowed the taste buds. We will not be back and would not recommend. It is not the worth the money, and you can dine at other fine dining restaurants and have a much more satisfactory experience. Sad about this, but it is what it is. The only positive things I can say are that apart from the first woman that greeted us, the rest of the staff were very friendly and the restaurant was very nice to sit it. Not enough to redeem the main reason for going- the food!More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 10 August 2021 via mobile

My partner and I came here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon, it was our first Michelin star restaurant experience and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The service was exceptional and the staff were very knowledgeable about the dishes being served. There was a lot of...variation in the food and we loved most of the courses. We didn’t love absolutely everything but that is to be expected when there is so many things to try and different flavours. Overall a fabulous experience. Would definitely recommend!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 31 July 2021 via mobile

We wanted to try here as our normal holiday plans were disrupted due to COVID. We booked for a Thursday night. I had high expectations of the place. The welcome was underwhelming. We were seated in the bar area where we had our drink and...the first course of the tasting menu. We were then taken upstairs to continue the experience. The next three courses were fish which we aren't huge fans off but we decided to have the full experience. We both ate the crab and halibut dishes but couldn't eat the trout as the taste and texture wasn't to our liking. Our waitress didn't seem too pleased with us leaving the dish. We were really looking forward to the lamb dish and was highly disappointed with it. The desserts were the best courses. We both left very disappointed and ripped off with the price for the tasting menu even though it is a Michelin Star restaurant. Won't be rushing backMore

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 27 July 2021

We took our seventeen year old daughter out for her first experience of a Michelin starred restaurant; at short notice she informed our host for the evening, Jamie, that she has gone 'veggie' and self conscious as she to be in 'posher surroundings', she was...quickly reassured by the availability of a Vegetarian Tasting Menu. The team made us feel very comfortable and although the service was very attentive, it was not OTT! The seven course tasting menu kicked off in the bar area before we were escorted upstairs to enjoy the 15th century merchant house and the very diverse menu. My wife is not usually a fan of desserts, but she loved the sesame seed brittle and the mango & passion fruit sorbet elements of the dessert particularly. Our daughter loved the asparagus dish with the cured egg. The freshly made gluten free bread and the sourdough were wonderful accompaniments to several courses. The smoked trout was sumptuous and the pieces of lamb cooked to perfection and differently. It was wonderful first experience of 'fancy food' according to our daughter and we second her opinion.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 22 July 2021 via mobile

I am a restaurant owner and have been a chef for over 20 years and have eaten in some pretty awesome places but none like house of tides From the moment you walk in till the moment you leave you are looked after like royalty....Didn’t have to pick anything up didn’t have to fill a glass it was done with the upmost precision and ghostly ness that you didn’t know the waiting staff were there. The menu sounded outstanding and boy it did not disappoint. From the small nibbles to start right through to the cheese there wasn’t one thing I could even begin to criticise. Standout for me was the lamb dish ! Never eaten lettuce like it (I’m a big guy so salads aren’t my normal go to 😂) but that id eat every day. The lamb belly with topping to die for Dessert was another blow away piece of master cooking Coconut parfait, mango and passion fruit sorbet, white chocolate moose and mango pieces. UNREAL! Newcastle has a jewel in its crown with House of Tides and anyone that had picked faults on a review below simply do not know good food ! Have already recommended and I’m already planning my next trip Well done Kenny and the whole team See you soon MattMore

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 10 July 2021

First time. Arrival was underwhelming. The spartan bar area made you wonder about what was to come. Once in the main restaurant much assured. Remember this is a "Taster Menu" Restaurant, the staff were pleasant, knowledgeable and attentive without being overwhelming. The food was well...presented but "average" in possibilities of flavours, textures and materials. Wine list was good but clearly overpriced (something has to pay for the staff to client ratio which was excellent) Good place if you want to impress a special person but nothing special in terms of gastronomic diversity or quality. Couples appeared to be segregated from larger parties, I would have preferred not to have been. Good for one time but not sure about whether I will ever return. Remember this is Newcastle Quayside where car parking can be a problem. To avoid arriving feeling rushed, allow plenty time or park in a large multi storey nearby and get a taxi. Not sure about disabled access or if there was any.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Response from AlienGreenman | Reviewed this property |
The staff are very attentive so you might not feel its very private and intimate. Hope your date suitably impressed with your choice. Don't suggest splitting the bill or you won't see second date. 6
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Response from northerngirl23 | Reviewed this property |
And it is still a set menu during the day
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Response from 116rogerb | Reviewed this property |
Just did the tasting menu on our visit but were very flexible as we don't eat meat. Outstanding food by the way.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5