Situated in the heart of Newcastle’s vibrant quayside, Dobson and Parnell is a stylish and sophisticated restaurant that pays tribute to two of the city’s Victorian architectural icons, John Dobson and William Parnell, who designed the original building in 1863. This popular dining destination has become a local favourite, with a reputation for refined British and European cuisine, unparalleled service, and an ambiance that blends contemporary elegance with Victorian charm.
Step inside and witness the marriage of Victorian aesthetics and contemporary flair. Original brickwork and cast-iron columns whisper tales of a bygone era, while the high ceilings, banquette seating with glass partitions, rich dark timber flooring, brass bar top, and decorative tiled counter fronts add a touch of modern sophistication. This highly rated eatery is the brainchild of Andy Hook, the renowned restaurateur behind Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and Hinnies Restaurant in Whitley Bay.
But the real magic happens in the kitchen, where head chef Troy Terrington, with an impressive resume featuring Blackfriars and Jesmond Dene House, weaves his culinary spell. Harnessing the freshest, ethically-sourced local produce, Troy’s daily-changing menus pay homage to the season’s bounty. At Dobson & Parnell, sustainability isn’t just an afterthought; it’s the guiding principle behind the culinary creations. The skilled kitchen team showcases their mastery in preserving techniques, from curing and smoking to salting, brining, and fermenting, ensuring that every dish reflects a commitment to responsible, eco-conscious gastronomy.
Dobson & Parnell’s offerings cater to a variety of tastes and occasions. From Wednesday to Saturday, dinner service treats diners to an exquisite selection of refined European cuisine. Thursday through Sunday, lunchtime promises a delightful three-course set menu, with past popular favourites including duck liver parfait, charred pork rib chop, and delectable chocolate mousse.
For those seeking a culinary adventure, the five or seven-course tasting menus, featuring the likes of pot-caught lobster and dry-aged Hereford beef, offer an unforgettable gastronomic journey. Elevate the experience further with a flight of matching wines, and let your taste buds revel in the flavours of each exquisite pairing.
As the weekend approaches, Sunday lunch at Dobson & Parnell becomes a much-anticipated event, earning rave reviews from regulars online. Between noon and 3:30 pm, guests have the opportunity to indulge in a delectable two or three-course meal, showcasing the restaurant’s consistent commitment to exceptional culinary experiences.
Recognised in the Michelin Guide 2020 and the Good Food Guide 2020, and voted in the top 10 list of restaurants in Newcastle by NGI, Dobson & Parnell is a culinary gem that continually exceeds expectations.