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British Bistro


35 side, NE1 3JE Newcastle upon TyneSee map

Average price £20

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MICHELIN Guide selection 2020

  • Bib Gourmand: good quality, good value cooking
  • 1 couvert(s) Simple restaurant

MICHELIN Guide's Point Of View

This simple bistro sits on a steep city centre street that once formed the route from the castle to the quayside. It has a concrete floor, a breeze ...

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Restaurant menu

  • Average price £20
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Cod + Hake fish cakes - Spìnach - Ailoil
Lamb fat Roast Kidneys - Buttery Mash - Grilled Bacon
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Ratings & Reviews


based on 94 reviews
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Quality of food :9.8/10
Service :9.5/10
Setting :9.5/10
  1. Anne R.
    Anne R.
    • 2 reviews

    Due to the current situation we only venture out to eat every 2 weeks so we are very selective about where we choose to go. Route is wonderful and the food, ambience and service never disappoints

  2. Francesca M.
    Francesca M.
    • one review

    Love Route have been a few times-the food never disappoints. Service is always great-wine is excellent-I really like the carmenere. Atmosphere is lively enough but not so it disturbs the meal. It’s a gem of a local business.

  3. Helen p.
    Helen p.
    • one review

    Really lovely to return to one of our favourite restaurants. The flavours were as gorgeous and inventive as ever. I’m not a bread lover except when it comes to theirs. Really good all round.

  4. Maxine L.
    Maxine L.
    • one review

    2nd visit to Route on 2nd visit to Newcastle. And will be back! Great everything - food new and different and delicious. Any kitchen that can make cabbage lettuce and spinach in one dish taste that good .........just saying. Celeriac soup and black bread HEAVEN!

  5. Iain F.
    Iain F.
    • one review

    Only restaurant in Newcastle that I would regularly go back to, if they maintain the standards and quality of our meal last night. Dishes were all exceptional. Service discreet and space was attractive. 10/10.

  6. Pam R.
    Pam R.
    • one review

    This is a gorgeous little restaurant, the service is relaxed and friendly and the food is outstanding. Great to be able to see into the kitchen to see how these fabulous dishes are created. Well done guys. We Also felt very safe and relaxed with everything they have put in place for these difficult times. 5 star. This was our first time out to a restaurant since lockdown & they made the experience a very pleasant one. We will be back.

  7. Michael r.
    Michael r.
    • one review

    Great to revisit in this difficult time. Welcoming staff cool eclectic music and fascinating subtle food combinations. A masterpiece. Worth a visit to Newcastle in itself!

  8. Bronwyn W.
    Bronwyn W.
    • one review

    We went to Route on friends recommendation and weren’t disappointed. Varied menu with some unusual dishes-all very tasty. We particularly enjoyed the courgette with truffle oil and the fishcakes

  9. Victor M.
    Victor M.
    • 4 reviews

    High quality food in an extremely pleasant atmosphere. I particularly enjoyed the very intense crispy herring and the picante lemon sole.

  10. Josh M.
    Josh M.
    • one review

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

  11. Alison c.
    Alison c.
    • one review

    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.

  12. Joanna C.
    Joanna C.
    • one review

    Always excellent food here.

  13. Christopher P.
    Christopher P.
    • one review

    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.

  14. Helena K.
    Helena K.
    • one review

    Super tasty food

  15. Andrew C.
    Andrew C.
    • one review

    First class, best we've had in Newcastle

  16. Jade W.
    Jade W.
    • one review

    All the dishes we ordered were lovely and each very distinctive! It was expensive for small plates however completely worth it due to the quality

  17. Richard K.
    Richard K.
    • one review

    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.

  18. RUTH M.
    RUTH M.
    • one review

    Great atmosphere, great food

  19. Daniel G.
    Daniel G.
    • 2 reviews

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

  20. Peter P.
    Peter P.
    • one review

    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.

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35 side, NE1 3JE, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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