Where to Eat on the North East Coast
If you’re heading down to North Shields Fish Quay, a visit to Dodgin’s Yard is a must to fill up on delicious coastal-inspired food. With a selection of dishes, including the mighty Ship Wrecker meat and fish platter, there is something for everyone here. Brunch-goers can enjoy yummy Yard pancakes or Dodgin’ beef brisket hash.
50B Bell Street, North Shields NE30 1HF
The Barn at Beal
Overlooking Holy Island, The Barn at Beal has lots going on. Eat in the restaurant or drink in the Bothy Bar. We’d recommend the Barn bangers with spring onion mash for a hearty meal, and they also have a range of sandwiches and jacket potatoes if you’re looking for a lighter lunch. Starting your day here? Their bacon sandwiches are a go-to.
Beal Farm, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 2PB
Take the lift down to this one-of-a-kind cave restaurant and bar. Not only is this seaside location steeped in history (it was once a hang out for smugglers), it also offers incredibly tasty food – from posh fish finger sandwiches to grilled lobster and flatbread seafood wraps.
Coast Road, South Shields NE34 7BS
0191 455 6060
Longsands Fish Kitchen
This popular Tynemouth restaurant is home to an award-winning fish and chip takeaway and a seafood restaurant. Choose one of the best fish suppers in town and head to the nearby beach for a picnic (the freshly-made scampi is a particular favourite of ours), or take a table next door and try locally-sourced seafood and shellfish, including the Fish Kitchen Platter – a selection of the finest fresh fish from North Shields’ Fish Market.
27 Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4DZ
0191 272 8552
This award-winning ice cream parlour have mastered their family gelato recipe over four generations, dating back to 1925. Using milk from local dairy farms, Di Meo’s produce a whole range of flavours, including the delicious ‘whitella’ chocolate and hazelnut variety. Visit the parlour in Whitley Bay to sample it for yourself.
9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay NE26 1LX
0191 252 3814
From the team behind Blackfriars and Dobson and Parnell, Hinnies serves a menu of wholesome comfort food just a stone’s throw from Whitley Bay’s seafront. Think quality gastro pub fare with Geordie influences – some of our favourites include the North Sea grilled plaice with Jersey Royals, pan haggerty with a poached hen’s egg, or calves liver with slow-cooked onions and crispy pancetta.
10 East Parade, Whitley Bay NE26 1AP
0191 447 0500
The Potted Lobster
In one of Northumberland’s most popular coastal villages, The Potted Lobster offers a laid-back and relaxed bistro-style dining experience. Choose from a blackboard menu of specials all created with fresh ingredients sourced from the surrounding shores and farms. Our favourite is the half lobster cooked three ways and served with chips – choose either poached and cold with garlic mayonnaise, hot with Thermidor sauce or grilled with garlic and parsley butter.
3 Lucker Road, Bamburgh NE69 7BS
The Jolly Fisherman
Overlooking the North Sea at Craster, The Jolly Fisherman offers a wide selection of fresh fish dishes, including their famous crab soup, as well as tasty game dishes like the venison steak with Doreen black pudding mash. This popular pub is all about hearty home cooking, washed down with refreshing ales or a large glass of wine. Grab a table in the garden overlooking the harbour, or head to their light and bright restaurant with its sea views.
Haven Hill, Craster NE66 3TR
A contemporary British restaurant just off the Old Bridge in Berwick upon Tweed, Audela is where you’ll find seasonal dishes created from fresh, locally sourced-ingredients from their suppliers in Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. Offering fresh fish and game, enjoy Berwick crab and smoked haddock risotto for lunch, or settle down in the evening with the Borders venison loin with braised haunch.
64 Bridge Street, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1AQ
From Greek gyros to spicy tacos and loaded fries, Stack in Seaburn is home to a whole bunch of street food-style vendors. Order your dishes and grab a couple of drinks from the bar before settling into one of the many bench tables in the centre of all the action. Or, try and get a seat with a view overlooking Whitburn Bay.
Whitburn Road-Morrisons, Seaburn SR6 8AA
Salt House Kitchen
The Salt House Kitchen is a bustling eatery, serving lunch and high tea during the day, and offers a relaxing lounge area at night. Early risers can enjoy dishes from their extensive breakfast menu – our favourites include the classic Salt House breakfast, the whole smoked kipper and the eggs Florentine with baby spinach.
6 Queen’s Avenue, Seaburn SR6 8DA
0191 529 3132
Dil and the Bear
Located in the picturesque coastal town of Tynemouth, Dil and the Bear offers a relaxing atmosphere perfect for weekend brunching, or an afternoon of coffee and cakes. Serving up delicious light lunches too, Dil and the Bear is a great location to watch the world go by, or to enjoy the finer weather in their outdoor seating area. Recent renovations at Whitley Bay Metro Station have seen the arrival of a second Dil and the Bear cafe, perfect to grab a hot drink before hitting the coast.
18 Front Street, Tynemouth NE30 4DX
OR Whitley Bay Metro Station, Station Square NE26 2QT
The Amble Inn
The Amble Inn is a cosy place to eat and drink – perfect if you’re wanting a hearty breakfast to set you up for the day, or something to refuel before exploring more of this stunning coastal area. From locally-sourced fish dishes to great gastro pub classics, The Amble Inn has got something for everyone.
Sandpiper Way, Amble NE65 0FF
The Lamp Room
The Lamp Room is a welcoming coffee house and bistro serving up some tasty seafood dishes accompanied by stunning coastal views. Set in the prime location of Seaham Harbour, it serves up wide range of dishes, from pasta and burgers during the day, to tapas and freshly-prepared seafood in the evening. Brunch lovers can stop by for a taste of the Miner’s Benedict – Doreen’s black pudding over crispy sourdough topped with parma ham and a poached egg, topped with fresh hollandaise sauce.
20 North Terrace, Seaham SR7 7EU
0191 903 3747
As winners of the Best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant across the UK in 2020, you know you’ll be getting one of the nation’s finest fish suppers at Trenchers in Spanish City. Not only does the menu boast traditionally-battered fresh fish, there’s also a wide range of seafood dishes, British classics and vegetarian or vegan options on offer too. Choose to sit under the famous dome of Spanish City or get a takeaway chippy from their beach-side building and head down onto the golden sand to enjoy the sea view.
Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG
0191 691 7090
Salt Water Café
Serving up delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes, as well as afternoon tea, Salt Water Cafe is a stylish bistro that celebrates local producers by including their finest ingredients on their classic plates. Choose from fluffy buttermilk pancakes or the Northumbrian full English breakfast to start your day off right, or enjoy a selection of small plates in the evening when the cafe turns into a more refined, yet still relaxed, restaurant.
The Wynding, Beadnell NE67 5AS
This boutique ice cream parlour and coffee shop offers a tempting array of delicious scoop flavours. From Lotus Biscoff, to gluten-free Rodger Dodger and vegan alternatives too, Spurreli is a firm favourite of ours when it comes to delicious ice cream by the coast. The team are always adapting and innovating their flavours, so if you’re heading to Amble don’t forget to call in.
14 Coquet Street, Amble NE65 0DJ
The Seaview Restaurant
This specular seafood restaurant not only offers great tasting dishes, but an unparalleled view of golden sands and ocean waves which make the perfect backdrop to any dining experience. The Seaview Restaurant which sits on the historic Victorian pier at Saltburn serve a range of delicious meals including crab fritters, scollops and moles, as well as their famous crab brioche. Seaside staples such as fish and chips, or Whitby scampi are also on offer at this coastal favourite.
The Foreshore Building, Lower Promenade, Saltburn by the sea TS12 1HQ