Head chef Danny Parker is to leave the Michelin-starred House of Tides.
Parker joined the Newcastle restaurant in February 2014, and first worked under chef-patron Kenny Atkinson before taking charge. As well as receiving the city’s highest rating in Harden’s, the North East outpost also holds a Michelin star and four AA rosettes.
While service has at times been “variable” both food and ambience get top marks, thanks to “first-rate” tasting menus that “showcase the best of the North Sea catch (of special note are the Lindisfarne oysters)”, and a “fascinating building…perched by the Tyne”.
We don’t yet know who will take charge of the restaurant when Parker leaves. The chef departs in two months’ time.
Parker announced the news in an emotional message on social media:
Before the Newcastle rumour mill gets in to full swing! Thank you so much @Kennyatkinson1 @abbsatkinson and everyone @houseoftides I will continue to give you my all until the very end pic.twitter.com/4S7Vv9RFoM
— Danny Parker (@dparkerchef) June 26, 2018
Parker wrote on social media: “After four and a half years of service at House of Tides, it is with a heavy heart that I must say it is time for me to move on to pastures new. This has been a massive decision for me both personally and professionally. I would like to thank Kenny and Abbie for their support and guidance, they have helped me become the chef I am today.
“My next move will be announced in the near future but for now, I will continue to push forward at House of Tides trying to make it better and better every single day.”
Parker, meanwhile, will feature on this year’s Great British Menu on BBC Two. He’s competing in the North East region.
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