Guide MICHELIN 2020


(164 Reviews)
35 side, Newcastle, North East England, NE1 3JE
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Top offer

3-Course Set Menu £20 per person

(Sample Menu – Subject to Change) Availability s displayed within the booking interface


Main course: £22
Food spend: £30

Opening hours

Wednesday: 17:00 - 21:00
Thursday to Saturday:12:00 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 21:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00.

Restaurant description

Awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand in the 2019 Guide, Route serves colourful seasonal dishes in the city centre. An interior of rustic white walls, pot plants and soft lighting make this a relaxing spot to sample the bi-weekly updating menus, with al fresco seating out the front to enjoy any passing sunshine.

Diners are offered only the freshest seasonal flavours on the Route menu, complemented by a diverse wine list. Small plate dishes are a speciality, starting off with fresh seafood like Lindisfarne oysters, and a selection of cow and goat cheeses. Enjoy modern takes on home-style favourites, like the smoked paprika, chorizo and chickpea stew, or tuck into hearty favourites like the 40-day aged steak au poivre.

A selection of bold, expertly crafted sides are served at Route in Newcastle, like the rustic black treacle bread, and pink fir apple potatoes. Sunday lunches offer slow-cooked meats from across the UK, with a wine list featuring vintages from England and around the world.

Showcasing beautiful bistro dishes with a focus on seasonal British flavours, Route is moments from Newcastle Castle, and 6 minutes' walk from Newcastle Central Rail Station.

Dishes displayed on a la carte menus are representative of the type of food available at the restaurant.

Customer reviews for Route
(based on 164 reviews)

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  • al fresco (2)
  • business (25)
  • child friendly (3)
  • dinner (138)
  • entertainment (7)
  • large parties (4)
  • lunch (83)
  • luxury (39)
  • private dining (15)
  • romantic (82)
  • trendy (84)
  • value (37)
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  • By Simon P from Sedgefield
    19 September 2020

    Spot on

  • By Leonie C from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
    19 September 2020

    Lovely food and atmosphere, plates come out one at a time do it feels like a tasting menu but without the price tag!

  • By John M from Jarrow
    18 September 2020

    Excellent little restaurant! Cooking is always brilliant with the best local produce!

  • By John B from Newcastle upon Tyne
    17 September 2020

    We were recommended Route and I will have no hesitation recommending Route too. The food is served tapas style which is great for sharing,and is both creative and delicious. It is difficult to highlight any particular dish as all the food we ordered was excellent,but the crispy prawns with Katsu curry is a must have for me.I understand that the menu changes regularly which is another plus as it gives customers the opportunity to sample the chefs skills.I must also mention the service we received was excellent, and look forward to another visit soon.

  • By Thomas D from Hebburn
    3 September 2020

    Restaurant interior is unlike any other that I’ve visited in Newcastle, love it. Dishes are expertly executed and bursting with flavour; the Oysters were superb and the foraged Ceps were sublime

  • By Abi F from Newcastle
    29 August 2020

    Love this restaurant! Staff very friendly, attentive, and food didn’t disappoint. Freshest ingredients, inventive dishes and very tasty. Will definitely be back!

  • By Stuart L from Gateshead
    28 August 2020

    Arrived with no expectations, the menu looked good and we know some of their suppliers. Overall our visit was fantastic, great atmosphere, tasty food and lovely wine, 10 out of 10

  • By Paul C from Newcastle upon tyne
    28 August 2020

    Outstanding food, wine and service

  • By Robert L from Newcastle upon Tyne
    26 August 2020


  • By Kieran F from Newcastle
    25 August 2020

    We loved the relaxed atmosphere At Route during our visit. Even with the heightened hygiene measures in place, the staff were relaxed and friendly and made everything easy. My wife’s dietary requirements were addressed straight away with a no-fuss attitude. Everything was served in good time and good consideration given to social distancing. The atmosphere and decor was posh but not overly pretentious and this matched the food we were Served. Two beautiful starters followed by two, even more beautiful, mains. The monkfish and steak were delicious and we have passed our recommendations on to everyone we have spoken to. We will definitely be back to enjoy more dishes at Route.

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35 side, Newcastle, North East England, NE1 3JE