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.
Featured Tyne And Wear Restaurants
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 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”.
4. 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”.
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. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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”.
10. 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”.
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