Tide comes in to Seaham

Tide has taken over the former Clean Bean site in Seaham following a £200,000 transformation of the venue.

Owners Russ and Melanie Wood – who also own the Lamp Room near-by – have promised Tide will bring something new to the area, and the North East – with an initial breakfast, brunch and lunch offering set to be expanded to include an evening tasting menu later this summer.

Tide has a strong emphasis on local and homemade food – from bread, sausages and black pudding on the breakfast menu to locally sourced fish.

The kitchen team will be led by Lewis Oliver – who arrives from The Samling in the Lake District, Seaham Hall and most recently Wylam Brewery. Craig Liddell, head chef at The Lamp Room for the last eight years, will also be moving to Tide to help run the restaurant alongside Russ and Melanie.

The breakfast menu includes dishes such as smoked beef hash with pickled onions, house brown sauce and fried egg and French toast with orange marmalade and whipped mascarpone.

Brunch and lunch dishes are divided into small and large plate offerings with a variety of oysters; smoked mackerel salad with Jersey royals; and burrata with globe artichoke, grapes and focaccia. The larger plates focus heavily on fish with dishes such as barbequed mackerel with romesco and heirloom tomatoes; roast turbot with confit butterbeans, courgetti and chicken sauce; and hake kiev. Vegetarians can enjoy gnocchi with rocket, blue cheese and hazelnuts; with a meat choice of smoked bacon loin with green sauce and fried duck eggs.

“We have spent a lot of time and money on getting the look of the restaurant right and we hope that everyone who visits will appreciate that,” said Russ. “Our chefs have created a menu where virtually everything will be made locally – even down to items like our smoked salmon, which we’ll be smoking ourselves, and the baked beans served with the breakfast. Lewis is a keen forager and has already sourced wild garlic in the area which we are using in our dishes.

“We believe Tide is going to be an exciting new addition to the area and we can’t wait for people to try it out for themselves.”

Tide is open 9am-3.30pm each day, with evening services set to start in July.

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