Guide MICHELIN 2020


(140 Reviews)
35 side, Newcastle, North East England, NE1 3JE
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3-Course Set Menu £20 per person

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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 140 reviews)

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  • By David H from Bishop Auckland
    14 March 2020

    This is a first class dining experience, The food was well prepared and very tasty. We took advantage of the fixed price three course meal at £20 and enjoyed a wonderful terrine starter, then red mullet and mussel with orzo (which was very like a seafood risotto) followed by a buttermilk pannacotta .Sevice was good the atmosphere casual and relaxing. If you want expensive food and linen tablecloths then this is not for you but for an excellent culinary experience at moderate prices it would take some beating.

  • By Stella H from Newcastle
    23 February 2020

    This is becoming a regular favourite - every time a friend visits Newcastle for the first time I take them to Route, and it never fails to impress.The atmosphere is relaxed, staff friendly and knowledgeable, cooking superb. No wonder they are Regional Winner: Best Local Restaurant – Northern England in the Good Food Guide after such a short time. Fish is always super fresh with tasty and inventive saucing, and though I try to avoid carbs the black treacle bread and hand cut chips cannot be resisted - they are so good for mopping up the chicken juices on the red mullet, or the spicy salted chilli on the mackerel. Endive ~ Walnut ~ Anchovy – Blood Orange – Sparkenhoe was an inspired combination - and we just HAD to have dessert because the train wasn't due for another hour and what else to do but check the quality of the valrhona chocolate fondant and the buttermilk pannacotta, needless to say both were excellent so I just need another friend to turn up so I can go again soon!

  • By Sarah N from Newcastle
    15 February 2020

    Route is a small and personal restaurant with a relaxed and chilled vibe. You are encouraged to be adventurous and share the dishes. The flavours and textures were exceptional and we had a fantastic and memorable meal. Very good value and highly recommended.

  • By Josh M from Newcastle upon Tyne
    15 February 2020

    Great experience start to finish. Food was 10/10 especially considering its price. Already booked to go again!

  • By Ali C from Newcastle
    14 February 2020

    food was good but waitress didn't appear to understand the menu - she recommended sharing all things. I specifically asked whether the items that appeared to be main courses were for sharing or not and she said yes, that they were all sliced up for sharing. They weren't and when 2 main courses arrived for 3 of us, this wasn't easily shared and probably not enough food. Also, we asked for chips for 3 people and got 8 thick cut chips. A bit odd.

  • By Jianna C from Newcastle upon Tyne
    25 January 2020

    Always excellent food here.

  • By J S S from Newcastle
    25 January 2020

    We had an excellent lunch. Restaurant Week was a great chance to try Route for the first time (we've long intended to), and each of our 3 courses were quite delicious, and a real treat. My husband particularly liked the sea bream, and I loved the smoked aubergine dish, which was packed with flavour. Service was attentive, not intrusive and very friendly.

  • By Kathryn M from Newcastle
    24 January 2020

    Evening meal in restaurant week. Delicious food, interesting wine list with unique offerings

  • By Christopher P from Newcastle
    24 January 2020

    A great atmosphere but I felt like the restaurant week menu did not showcase the attention to detail and the quality that I have previously experienced at Route. I will no doubt return as hopefully this was a one off issue.

  • By Matthew M from Newcastle upon Time
    23 January 2020


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