Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Tyne And Wear
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Tyne And Wear restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 149 restaurants in Tyne And Wear and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Tyne And Wear restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. Colmans Fish & chips restaurant in South Shields 182-186 Ocean Rd - NE33
“THE place to go in the north east if you want to experience a first-class chippy”, this “classic fish ’n’ chip shop” (run by four generations of the family since 1926) is “fantastic, as ever” – with “very fresh fish” and “scampi from locally caught langoustines”. See also Colmans Seafood Temple, nearby.
2. Colmans Seafood Temple Fish & seafood restaurant in South Shields Sea Road - NE33
This “stunning cocktail bar with panoramic views” and “unbeatable fish and seafood” was opened by the local fish ’n’ chip dynasty two years ago and is “already a winner – a must-visit venue” on the South Tyneside seafront. It’s a “fabulous” re-purposing of a colonnaded 1931 “local folly” known as ‘Gandhi’s Temple’ – and menu highlights include an “enormous fish mixed grill”.
3. Dabbawal Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 1 Brentwood Mews - NE2
“Love this place” – “the Indian street food flavours are wonderful” and “very different” at this Jesmond outfit with bright interiors, an open kitchen and verandah, which compares favourably with the city-centre original.
4. Dabbawal Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 69-75 High Bridge - NE1
“Quality Indian street food” and a “fantastic selection of really unusual small plates” attract the most feedback of any curry house on Tyneside for this 13-year-old near the Theatre Royal (and its Jesmond offshoot). “Our go-to for a very rapid meal in Newcastle”, its “innovative menu and fresh cooking” “never disappoint”.
5. Valley Junction 397 Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Old Jesmond Stn, Archbold Ter - NE2
2019 Review: “In an old signal box joined with an old carriage” – this quirkily located Indian comes heartily recommended by a small but enthusiastic fan club.
6. Longsands Fish Kitchen British, Traditional restaurant in Tynemouth 27 Front Street - NE30
“Traditional fish ’n’ chips or more sophisticated and unusual fish dishes” (with “quality sourcing proudly displayed”) are on the menu at this “casual” yet “immaculate” haunt, “named after Tynemouth’s famous blue-flag beach”.
7. Raval Luxury Indian Restaurant & Bar Indian restaurant in Gateshead Church Street, Gateshead Quays - NE8
2018 Review: Limited reports this year on this Gateshead Quays Indian with open kitchen, but feedback is all-round very good when it comes to its sophisticated cuisine and luxurious contemporary decor.
8. Café Royal British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 8 Nelson St - NE1
A “stunning” early 2019 revamp has scrubbed up this elegant continental-style café/bistro that’s a classic local rendezvous. Aided by its in-house bakery, it comes into its own for breakfasts or cake-fuelled afternoon teas. More substantial fare sometimes takes flak for being “pricey and average”.
9. The Ship Inn British, Modern restaurant in Wylam Main Road - NE41
“Inventive pub food – a mix of small and bigger plates” wins enthusiastic, if still-limited feedback on this attractive, stone-fronted village pub, whose chef Paul Johnson (who owns the pub with his partner, Kelly) has a CV which includes working for Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall.
10. House of Tides British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 28-30 The Close - NE1
Behind “an unassuming but smart exterior”, Kenny & Abbie Atkinson’s much-accoladed venue was Newcastle’s highest-rated last year. Set on the Quayside in a Grade I listed sixteenth-century town house, you enter through the “lovely bar”, and climb to the upstairs restaurant, which is warm and vibrant, with “extremely helpful staff”. In the evening, the offering is a ten-course tasting menu (for £95) which is almost universally rated as exceptional in its quality.
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