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Our top 4 tasting menus in Newcastle

Here are our fave fine-dining restaurants that serve us a taste of luxury through a fusion of fabulous flavours.

Written by High Life North
Published 03.03.2022


Price: 8 courses, £55 pp & wine flight, £44 pp

Nest is a new neighbourhood restaurant which has been nestling into Chillingham Road’s enviable food scene nicely. Think of a quality dining experience within a totally relaxed ambience. With a carefully planned, eight-course tasting menu every evening from Thursday to Sunday – all accompanied by a devilishly decadent wine float – an evening at Nest is always going to be one to remember.

From wild mushroom velouté, Claire’s paella with chorizo ragout, tempura king prawn and aioli and duck breast with spiced crispy noodles in a mouli, lime and soy glaze to Charlie’s white chocolate cookie and pistachio cremo to finish, here you get the chance to explore new flavours that’ll get your taste buds tingling.

258–260 Chillingham Road, Heaton, Newcastle NE6 5LQ



Dobson & Parnell

 Price: 5 courses, £45 pp & wine flight, £80 pp; 7 courses, £65 pp & wine flight, £110 pp (Thu-Sat lunch/Wed- Thu evening)

5 courses, £60 pp & wine flight £95 pp; 7 courses, £75 pp & wine flight £120 pp (Fri-Sat evening) 

Right in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant Quayside lies this perfect fine dining spot, bringing some modern elegance to the Toon. Dobson & Parnell pushes the boundaries of British and European cuisines, with all their ingredients ethically sourced from the finest local farms and markets.

For the ultimate culinary experience, they offer a five or seven-course tasting menu, with dishes including Yorkshire pea tart, hand-dived scallop and Hereford beef fillet. Every dish is beautifully presented and can be enjoyed with or without expertly paired wines. A vegetarian option is also available, which can be adapted for vegan diets. It’s little wonder the restaurant recently won the Taste of the North East award!

21 Queen Street, Newcastle NE1 3UG



House of Tides  

Price: 10 courses (Thurs-Fri lunch), £85 pp (£95 pp from April); 10 courses (Sat lunch), £85 pp (£110 pp from April); 10 courses (Wed-Sat dinner), £110 pp 

Located on the historical Newcastle Quayside and set within the beautifully restored 16th century townhouse, House of Tides is a casual Michelin starred and four AA Rosette-awarded restaurant with exposed beams, a big open fireplace and spectacular views over the River Tyne.

From Isle of Mull scallop paired with bacon jam and butternut squash to highland venison to dark chocolate hazelnut, coffee and praline, there’s a range of delicious British dishes on the menu, made from the best quality ingredients sourced from the UK. A vegetarian tasting menu is available, too

28-30 The Close, Quayside, Newcastle  NE1 3RF

Peace & Loaf

Price: 12 courses (12pm-1:45pm & 5:30pm-6:30pm), £45 pp; 12 courses £65 pp & wine flight, £50 pp; 18 courses, £85 pp & wine flight, £70 pp

Headed up by 2010 MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Dave Coulson, Peace & Loaf serves flavoursome and innovative dishes, from their diverse menu (that includes a vegetarian option, too) and brings us delicately decorated food made using locally sourced produce that looks just too good to eat.

With duck ham, hoisin, squid cracker and halibut and chicken pie served during the first half to cheese and onion doughnut and grapefruit with white chocolate and peanut butter and jelly Oreo to finish, you’ll dive into dishes designed with a new take on classic cuisine.

217 Jesmond Road, Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 1LA



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