Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Tyne And Wear
Hardens guides have spent 29 years compiling reviews of the best Tyne And Wear restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 148 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. 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 12-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”.
3. Valley Junction 397 Indian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Old Jesmond Stn, Archbold Ter - NE2
The Valley Restaurants promise a unique and pleasurable dining experience in luxurious surroundings. Superbly presented authentic dishes from Bangladesh and the Indian subcontinent are served with impeccable style by attentive waiters. The Valley Restaurants are proud to have ...
4. 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 this 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.
5. 21 British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Trinity Gdns - NE1
“Still setting the standard for Newcastle restaurants” – Terry Laybourne’s “first class” brasserie remains the city’s most-mentioned venue, as it has been for most years in various locations since 1988. “Caring and friendly staff” provide “creative” food and it’s recommended for just about any occasion.
6. Pani’s Italian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 61-65 High Bridge - NE1
“Still going strong after all these years”; for “real Italian food” (the “usual suspects” plus “some interesting Sardinian specialities”) you “can’t beat” brothers Roberto & Walter Pani’s recently refurbed “old favourite”, launched in the mid nineties.
7. Cook House British, Modern restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne Foundry Lane - NE6
“A real star amongst Newcastle’s growing stable of good eateries” – ex-architect Anna Hedworth’s casual, all-day haunt has moved from its original home in a Byker shipping container to a bricks-and-mortar building thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. Serving up accomplished all-day fare and now also dinner: “excellent cocktails to start are followed by great food based on local and seasonal ingredients”.
8. Trakol British, Modern restaurant in Gateshead Hillgate Quays - NE8
“Right on the banks of the Tyne, under the iconic Tyne Bridge, with some of the UKs best city views” – these “trendily laid-out, converted shipping containers” have “a fabulous setting” and are “quirky in every way”. “Start with a beer: there’s around 15 to choose from, many brewed on the premises, served in 1/3 and 2/3 measures (a good plan given the strength range, of 5%-10%)”. The food is “cooked in-view” in a ‘fiercely seasonal, open-fire kitchen’ and the fairly eclectic results are regularly outstanding: “mains were as good a meat as I’ve had. The Barnsley Chop was gargantuan, cooked with seafood (it works!). The whole lemon sole easily fed two, and was perfect”. The odd reporter does strike unlucky, though: “duck predicted as ‘tender’ wasn’t… steak and bone marrow was very salty yet vegetables were bland”.
9. Six, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Arts British, Modern restaurant in Gateshead Baltic (Sixth Floor), South Shore Road - NE8
“One of the best views in the world” (if you don’t mind Newcastle’s urban sprawl) elevates a visit to this posh art gallery restaurant. It dodged the usual critiques it has often received this year, and although even some fans concede that “there is better-value food to be had in the city”, it was consistently well-rated (“creative without being silly”).
10. Francesca’s Italian restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne 134 Manor House Rd - NE2
A “brilliant traditional Italian”, in Jesmond, whose “fabulous” ambience, “cheap but great quality food” and “consistently good service” ensure that, even decades on, it’s usually packed to the gills.
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