Proudly situated on Newcastle’s iconic Quayside, midway between the Tyne and Millennium bridges and boasting stunning views of the river and Sage Gateshead, Chart House is a modern bar and bistro offering a relaxing and enjoyable experience steeped in history. Its warm hospitality, stylish interiors, and mouth-watering cuisine make it a must-visit destination in Tyneside’s cultural quarter.
Chart House operates out of a historic structure – one of only a handful of buildings that escaped the destruction caused by the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead in 1854. Previously inhabited by Matthew S Dodds, who printed books, maps, and nautical charts for seafarers, the building continues to showcase the original ‘Charts’ signage. The interior features a thoughtful collection of sketches, images, and maritime charts that pay tribute to the building’s rich history. Guests can appreciate the ground-floor bar and outdoor terrace, the first-floor mezzanine lounge, and the sophisticated dining room that offers stunning views of the river.
The Grade II-listed building has undergone a sensitive revamp, showcasing its rich history and Maritime Spice Route theme through its interior design and menu. With original brick walls left untouched, the pastel colour scheme of sea-blues and cream creates an airy atmosphere. Authentic map designs have been transformed into wallpaper, adorning the walls of the former workspace of Matthew S Dodds, now the upper-level restaurant.
Chart House’s culinary journey draws inspiration from the Maritime Spice Route, with flavours evoking the Mediterranean, Arabian, and South China Seas. Previous menu highlights have included small plates such as Ras El Hanout spiced lamb meatballs, sumac spiced roasted cauliflower, and seared tiger prawn saganaki. Larger plates, like whole Thai spiced seabass, lamb tagine, and grilled lemongrass chicken skewers, have also graced the menu, offering something for every taste.
Head Chef Matt Watkins delights in exploring new spices and taste combinations, and the menu changes to keep things fresh and exciting. A children’s menu is also available, ensuring the whole family can enjoy the dining experience.
The drinks menu at Chart House is just as unique and inspired as its food. Bespoke cocktails, all individually designed and exclusive to the venue, incorporate flavours from the Mediterranean, Arabian Sea area, and Far East. The wine list offers classics from Portugal, Spain, France, and Italy, ensuring there’s something for every palate.
Assistant manager and bar aficionado Cameron Richardson takes pride in creating homemade syrups, infusions, and foams for the cocktails, making them truly one-of-a-kind. With names like Valencian Orange Grove, Persian Fizz, and Silk Road, these beverages are a testament to the creativity and passion of the team.
Chart House is not only an elegant and relaxed venue, but it also contributes to the growing independent scene in Newcastle. A unique addition to the city’s vibrant hospitality scene, it offers an unforgettable experience that celebrates its historic location and maritime heritage. Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the rich history, beautiful views, and delectable flavours on offer, during your next visit to Newcastle’s Quayside.