Newcastle restaurant wins 'England's Restaurant of the Year'

Kenny Atkinson’s The House of Tides has been named England’s Restaurant of the Year at an awards ceremony in London.

Fresh from winning a Michelin star, North East-born Atkinson was singled-out at the event, hosted by Fiona Bruce, where he received the food industry’s equivalent of an Oscar.

The annual AA Hospitality Awards are made following inspection of hundreds of eateries across Britain to identify those setting a “truly excellent” standard of cuisine. Each restaurant gains marks for innovation, ambience and hospitality.

The House of Tides, based on the Newcastle Quayside, was picked out as this year’s AA Restaurant of the Year for England, a title which recognises a restaurant said to be an outstanding example in its market.

Monday night’s awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel with the hospitality world represented by leading restaurateurs, hoteliers and publicans.

The restauranteur previously worked as a chef at venues such as The Chester Grosvenor, Mandarin Oriental London, The Greenway, St Martins on the Isle, Seaham Hall and Rockliffe Hall before returning to his home city, creating The House of Tides in a transformed 16th Century former merchant’s townhouse.

The restaurant will appear in the latest edition of the AA Hotel, Restaurant and Pub Guide.