Five of the Best – Foodie Review 2015

2015 was quite the year for the Canny Food family. We discovered some fantastic places to eat in the North East, as well as having some disappointing experiences at places we expected better from. Here’s our top picks of the year.

House of Tides

It’s been quite the ride for Kenny Atkinson’s Quayside eatery. Becoming Newcastle’s only Michelin starred restaurant will no doubt be the highlight of the culinary year for the team, but it is by no means the only plaudit they have won over the course of 2015.


Us regular Joes have been singing the praises of this establishment for a while now, and are thrilled House of Tides is receiving the recognition it richly deserves. I have not written a review of any of our visits as it is one of the few places I haven’t wanted to be distracted from the experience. The attention to detail on each plate served, the theatre, and the wonderful tasting food is something that should be tried by anyone professing to be a foodie in the NE area. You will not be disappointed. I’m hoping to return soon with the vegan to see what delights they can conjure up with a limited repertoire.

Artisan, Newcastle

Artisan is top notch for unfussy bistro food which shows off the fabulous local produce we have in the region. It is one of the few places I’d want to return to again and again for Sunday lunch, and I’m hoping that in 2016 I have the opportunity to sample one of their evening menus. See my full review here.


Peace and Loaf

How Dave Coulson’s restaurant gets overlooked on the accolade front is beyond me. Each plate is a work of Art and challenges your preconceptions about flavour pairings. Where else would you get an amuse bouche of Coffee and Cauliflower together? While I wasn’t a huge fan of it because of my coffee dislike I could appreciate why they had been put together.

imageWith set menus and early evening specials there aren’t many reasons not to visit Peace and Loaf. See my full review here.


Pizzeria Italia

‘Here or at home, always a good idea’. So says the Pizzeria Italia website and I couldn’t agree more. Proving good food doesn’t have to be ‘bells and whistles’, it is somewhere we frequently pop into knowing that we’ll get a fantastic authentic pizza at a great price. See a full review of this eatery here.


Cake Stories

Cake Stories only opened in 2015, but has gone from strength to strength in that time. Late night opening and more savoury options on their menu mean it is evolving from the standard cake and coffee joint in leafy Jesmond. That said, the cakes (which are baked on-site) are delicious and there’s a wide range of coffee and tea blends to chose from. If you haven’t visited already you must in 2016. Read more here.


We have a long list of places to visit in 2016, so keep an eye out on the blog for new reviews.

Thanks for reading,

Pip x

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  1. Samantha Rickelton

    I haven’t visited ANY of these places! We have a table booked at House of Tides this month though and I am SOOO excited!

    1. Emma Phillips (Post author)

      How lucky you are! I can’t wait to return 🙂

  2. Rachel

    I LOVE Artisan, I can’t believe it doesn’t come up more often in lists like this. House of Tides is fabulous too! I’ve never been to Peace and Loaf though so definitely putting that on my list for 2016 x


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