As it took shape on The Side in Newcastle, Kenny Atkinson’s new restaurant with wife Abbie promised something special – and now Solstice is set to deliver with a tasting menu including treats such as Wagyu beef, oysters and caviar.
Solstice – named after the semi-annual celestial event; with the summer solstice, marking the longest day, being this Tuesday, June 21 – is the highly anticipated second restaurant for Kenny, who runs the Michelin-starred House of Tides just further along the quay. And it now occupies the former home of Violet’s Cafe, a bistro owned by Abbie, itself a Bib Gourmand winner.
While the venue was being transformed into an intimate fine dining restaurant, the couple shared images on Instagram of its sleek look and gold interior features. Finally, foodies can view a sample of the restaurant’s tasting menu which gives first-time diners an idea of what to expect.
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Solstice, which is now accepting reservations from Wednesday July 6, only has a capacity of 14 customers and is expected to offer a unique high-end dining experience for diners who can expect the best of ingredients in a selection of snacks, savory dishes and treats. There will be a single tasting menu for lunch and dinner – which is expected to change regularly – and the cost is £140 per person.
The restaurant, which will be closed from Saturday to Monday, says: “Our tasting menu will consist of approximately 15 to 18 individual portions starting with a series of snacks, then savory land and sea dishes, ending by the sweet section of desserts and petit fours.” The sample menu below, tasting dishes and ingredients, shows what to expect.
Sample Solstice Tasting Menu – £140
Mackerel – gooseberry
Cod roe – lemon verbena
Wagyu Beef – bone marrow
Tomato – Elderflower
Oyster – beautiful – caviar N25
Shell – Thai basil – lime
Turbot – nori – mussels
pigeon squab – foie gras – truffles
Lamb – red pepper – olive
Goat’s milk – hibiscus – rosebush
Honey – bergamot – bee pollen
Chocolate – tangerine
Apple – vanilla
Violet – blackcurrant
From July 6, Solstice is open for reservations for dinner from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday then also for reservations for lunch – 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – on Fridays from July 15 (followed by the addition of the Thursday noon from August 4). See here. The restaurant tells hopeful diners, “If the time you selected is not available or if we do not have availability for the date you selected, please add yourself to our waiting list. and we’ll contact you if a reservation becomes available.”