A restaurant set in a group of medieval buildings in the heart of the city. It has claims to be Britain's oldest dining room, as it's thought the building dates from 1239; and wood panelled room with bare wooden tables certainly plays the part.
The menu offers the likes of 'Wood Pigeon Prosciutto with Poached Pear and Watercress'; 'Baked Lindisfarne Oysters with Puréed Spinach and Herbed Breadcrumbs' and 'Goats' Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade Tartlet' among the starters.
Perhaps, 'Rare Breed Sirloin Steak with Balsamic Roast Tomatoes and Chips'; 'Dover Sole with Caper Butter with Oven Dried Tomato and Mash' and 'Wild Rabbit Stew with Prunes, Toasted Almonds and Jerusalem Artichoke Purée' among the mains.
If you have room, finish with 'Tart Tatin with Vanilla Ice Cream'; 'Vodka Pannacotta with Rose Syrup and Shortbread' or 'Chocolate Brownie with Mixed Berry Compote and Chantilly Cream'.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-14.30, Sun 12.00-16.00; set L £12 (2 courses) to £15 (3 courses); mains £9; Sunday Roast £11. Afternoon teas are available during summer months
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 17.30 till late, early set D £10.50 (2 courses) to £12.50; mains £12 to £21
- Seats: 70, plus 50 outside
- Wine: a well-chosen list, is usefully arranged by 'weight' of flavour, kicks off at around the £17 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Nearest station: Newcastle
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - in a small cobbled street off Stowel Street in Chinatown
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating