The hotly-anticipated new restaurant of double Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson will be known as House of Tides.
It’s been more than five months since the North East chef left his post with the five-star hotel, golf and spa resort Rockcliffe Hall in County Durham with ambitions of opening his own restaurant.
Now the end goal for the Newcastle-born 36-year-old and his wife Abbie seems to be in sight as they announce the first details of their vision for a relaxed dining experience down on Newcastle’s Quayside.
Mr Atkinson took to Twitter to talk about the plans. Talking to one follower he said: “Good thanks not long before we open the doors on our very first restaurant.”
Wife Abbie Tweeted: “Myself & @KennyAtkinson1 are pleased to announce the name of our new restaurant www.houseoftides.co.uk on #Quayside #Newcastle.”
Congratulating fellow chef James Martin on the opening of his latest venture in Manchester Mr Atkinson wrote: “You deserve that drink, enjoy it mate. I’ll be on that same journey soon.”
Having secured his personal licence and with a name in the bag Kenny and his wife are well on their way to opening the doors to their new venture, the website for which is currently being developed.
Thought to cater for between 70 and 80 covers, the House of Tides will occupy the first two floors of a five-storey listed former merchant house dating back to the 16th Century. Known as Buttress house at The Close, the building was bought by North East comic Bobby Pattinson a few years ago with the aim of it being converted into a bar, restaurant and offices.
The double Michelin-starred chef has previously won the BBC’s Great British Menu television show and was later named Chef of the Year at the Cateys, the catering industry’s most fiercely competitive awards. He held the position of director of food at Rockcliffe Hall from 2009 until his departure earlier this year.
He joined Rockcliffe Hall after a stint at The White Room in Seaham Hall which was then the region’s only five-star hotel.
With his new venture set to open later this year Mr Atkinson has said it will offer a more relaxed dining experience to the hall’s Orangery. The decor will be in keeping with the historic building’s rustic look with private booths over looking the quay as well as an open kitchen.
Talking about House of Tides, he previously said: “Eating habits have changed. People are eating in more relaxed, informal venues that are more accessible and affordable.
“I will be using fine-dining elements like execution, finesse and quality ingredients, but serving the food in a more relaxed environment. The new restaurant will be about great food using great ingredients and creating a fun environment that people what to come back to.”