I come across quite a few people in London who, aside from travelling abroad, have rarely ventured outside of the M25. There’s often the assumption that the north is full of pit villages and that it’s ‘grim up north’. This happens more often than you would think, so I always have a photo of Tynemouth beach looking all beautiful so I can
belligerently push it in their face show them just how beautiful it is.
Tynemouth is a small town near where my other half, Joe, grew up. It’s full of little independent restaurants and cute boutique shops on the main street, Front Street. Then there are the two beaches – Longsands and King Edward’s Bay, the latter of which has a cute fish shack serving up whatever the local fishermen have caught that day. If they haven’t caught anything, it won’t be open! Both beaches are ridiculously clean and never seem to get horrendously busy. Although the same can’t be said for nearby parking.
Here are a few food and drink recommendations off the top of my head:
- Dil & The Bear // HERE // Cute spot for coffee and cake.
- Longsands Fish Kitchen // HERE // Fish and chips! It also has a really nice restaurant at the back that does brilliant seafood.
- Riley’s Fish Shack // HERE // I’ve not actually been here yet, it’s always been closed when we’ve tried to visit as per the explanation above, but I hear AMAZING things.
- Davanti Classico // HERE // A nice Italian that’s always busy. I’ve had both pasta and pizza here. It’s really good simple food.
- Crusoe’s // HERE // I’ve not ever been here for food, but it’s a nice spot to have a drink as it’s right on Longsands beach.
- Di Mio’s Delaval Ices // HERE // This is a little bit further up the coastline but it’s SO worth the walk. It’s hands down the best ice cream in the world and has won a
shitloadlots of awards to prove so.
It’s a really lovely part of the UK that not a lot of people from the outside the area know about, so if you’re in need of a weekend break, might I suggest you visit beautiful Tynemouth.