Guide MICHELIN 2020


(123 Reviews)
35 side, Newcastle, NE1 3JE

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.

Customer reviews for Route
(based on 123 reviews)

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  • al fresco (2)
  • business (20)
  • child friendly (2)
  • dinner (104)
  • entertainment (5)
  • large parties (4)
  • lunch (60)
  • luxury (27)
  • private dining (12)
  • romantic (65)
  • trendy (70)
  • value (28)
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  • By Richard K from Newcastle
    16 November 2019

    Fantastic. The only way to sum up Saturday night's visit. Stand-out dishes? All of them, we had a mix of oysters, small plates, large plates, a blackboard special and a dessert and shared. If I had to choose one dish as the best, which would be difficult as they were all perfect, it would be the Halibut off the specials board. Simply epic. Perfect piece of fish cooked literally to perfection by John Calton himself. What a chef. Great food, great service, great atmosphere and IMO priced just right. Worth every penny. Will be back soon.

  • By Ruth M from Newcastle
    9 November 2019

    Great atmosphere, great food

  • By Daniel G from Newcastle
    2 November 2019

    Superb restaurant and lunch. Cooking of the highest standard, efficient, friendly service.

  • By Fiona L from Newcastle
    1 November 2019

    Exquisite food, relaxed (in a good way) service in a tiny, no-fuss, candle-lit space. A little piece of Shoreditch in Newcastle.

  • By Peter P from London
    28 October 2019

    This restaurant is well worth its Bib. Friendly, helpful staff. Warm atmosphere. Splendid food from locally sourced produce. Lindisfarne oysters were delicious, as was the bread. Very difficult to choose which of the tempting dishes from, the admirably short, menu to have. Cod and smoked mussels was delicious (although it could have done with a little more lettuce). A good spread of wines, with plenty by the glass. A cracking restaurant.

  • By Louise H from Newcastle
    28 October 2019

    The food was exceptional - we particularly loved the fregola dish and the cod with mussels. Service was first class, friendly, knowledgeable staff, a great atmosphere and lovely setting!

  • By Janet E from Newcastle upon Tyne
    26 October 2019

    Enjoyed the food very much and the atmosphere was calm. A pity that the napkins are paper and not linen in such a restaurant. Any vegetarian alternatives?

  • By Joshua T from Newcastle
    25 October 2019

    Excellent food, excellent service, highly recommended

  • By Mr Jeremy L from Newcastle upon Tyne
    19 October 2019

    First visit but not last. Great food, great service and great atmosphere. Some really interesting choices including kidneys and sweetbreads which might not be to everyone's taste but being able to cook them and fish perfectly just shows how good a standard of food the chef is providing. Combine that with service where the waiting staff can also answer any questions you may have about the sourcing of ingredients, what more can you ask for........

  • By Peter D from Newcastle upon Tyne
    5 October 2019

    Excellent. Tapas with a difference.

Restaurant Location Map
35 side, Newcastle, NE1 3JE