While the contemporary art exhibits of the Baltic offer some strange and wonderful sights, the best spectacle of this gallery is found from the window of its rooftop restaurant. Producing food like works of art, welcome to SIX.
The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is on the River Tyne and is home to lots of ever-changing art exhibitions and workshops. Since opening in 2002 after being converted from an old flour mill, it's had over 6 million visitors venture through their floors of art, which is no mean feat.
Now for all the exhibitions and events are ever changing there is an installation on the sixth floor that’s permanent and always attracts a healthy crowd. The work is called SIX and the artist has chosen the medium of a restaurant to convey a sense of deliciousness at odds with a tasteless society.
The concept behind the restaurant is to serve really good, modern British food in a setting with great views. You can’t really ask for more than that.
SIX is, as you may have guessed, is on the sixth floor of the Baltic (reached by a beautiful glass elevator), overlooking the river and surrounding city and is stunning and a real selling point – there really can’t be many better views on the right day in the whole of the north of England. With ceiling to floor windows it aims to create a sophisticated atmosphere.
The lunchtime, early evening and A La Carte menus change frequently, reflecting the seasonality, but one of the highlights of SIX is the fantastic afternoon tea that it offers – although this is only available for an hour each day and usually needs to be booked in advance due to the popularity of it – a good sign if ever there was one.
For more information please check out the official website here.