Find this excellent brasserie-style restaurant in a small shopping precinct. Formerly known as Café 21, it has now been taken over by its chef Ian Lowrey hence the change of name.
The style remains essentially the same, but chef Lowrey is slowly introducing his own stamp.
Expect the likes of Cured Salmon with Home-Made Potato Crisps and Chive Crème Fraiche; Tomato and Basil Soup and Ham Knuckle Terrine with Pear and Saffron Chutney among the starters.
Perhaps Simply-Grilled Halibut with Mushy Peas, Chips and Tartare Sauce; Confit of Duck with Lyonnaise Potatoes, Fine Beans, Rosemary and Thyme or (in season) Loin of Venison with Goats Cheese Mash, Brandied Cherries and Port Sauce to follow.
If you have room, finish with Crème Brulée; Bread and Butter Pudding or Cinnamon Shortbread with Balsamic Figs and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Sunday brings traditional Roast Beef with all the trimmings included in a short Table dHote menu.
Service is both friendly and efficient.
- Food Style: Brasserie
- Lunch: Fri to Sun 12.00-14.30; set L from £15.95 (2 courses)
- Dinner: Tues-Fri 17.30-22.00, Sat 18.00-22.00; mains about £16 to £25; set D from £15.95 (2 courses)
- Seats: 70
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at around the £16 mark
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Newcastle Airport
- Directions: from the A696 follow the signs for Darras Hall, turn left at the mini roundabout, find the restaurant in 200 yards
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: L Mon-Sat; D Sun; some Bank Holidays
- Air conditioned