This excellent brasserie is set on the ground floor of what was once a biscuit factory. Until 2011 it was styled as The Brasserie Black Door, but a change in the owning partnership has brought a change of name.
On the food front, using the freshest of local ingredients is the aim, and while the name and style denote brasserie - the cooking is ambitious.
Starters such as 'Leek and Potato Soup with Poached Haddock and Saffron Oil'; 'Duck Rillette, Red Onion Jam, Croutons & Pickles'; 'Salt and Pepper Squid with Chorizo, Citrus Confit and Mizzuna' and 'Mussel and Smoked Bacon Risotto with Parsley and Spring Onions' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Slow-Cooked Shoulder of Lamb with Fine Beans and Tomato Confit'; 'Fillet of Black Bream, Sautéed Potatoes, Chorizo and Curry Vinaigrette' or 'Herb-Roasted Chicken with Girolles, Fondant Potato and Braised Beans'.
If you have room, you might be tempted by 'Mandarin Tart with Pastry Cream and Mandarin Compote'; 'Sticky Toffee Pudding'; 'Chocolate Dentelles with Peanut Butter Fudge and Citrus Jelly or their selection of local artisan cheeses.
You might even leave with a picture, if you're not careful!
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00 (Sat & Sun 15.00); set L Mon-Sat £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); Sun L £13.95 (2 courses) to £17.95
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.30-21.00; mains £14 to £18; early D £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 54
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at £14.50 and offers a good choice by the glass
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Newcastle
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page.
- Closed: all Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned