We head to the coast to check out the cafés and restaurants on Park View, Whitley Bay, and pack a picnic for the beach with the produce of the bakeries and delis along this foodie street
When it comes to starting out to walk down Park View, Eden’s Café is a great starting point. Run by Janice and patisserie chef/chocolatier Rob Eden-Bagley, this coastal café serves up a top full English breakfast and fantastic breakfast pancakes. Everything here is homemade, from the soups, sandwiches and daily specials at lunchtime to the cakes, scones and chocolates. Open seven days a week, the café has just celebrated its first birthday and is licensed.
203 Park View, www.facebook.com/pg/edenscafe
The Cottage Kitchen
Just off Park View on Countess Avenue, The Cottage Kitchen is home to proper home-cooking and has been a go-to for comfort food on the coast for 50 years. The menu is full of hearty fayre including all-day breakfast, hot stottie dips and mini stotties alongside sandwiches and daily specials every lunchtime. They also do a top-notch cuppa.
1-5 Countess Avenue, www.facebook.com/Cottage-Kitchen-150235811683424
For the healthier-minded, Pulp Fiction is the highlight of our tour. Set up in 2015, this fab future food and juice café is home to all things green and good for you. On a sunny day the garden is the perfect place to stop for lunch or a smoothie among the fruit and veg grown for the kitchen. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, superfood snacks and clean treats, and take a bag filled with popcorn, roasted nuts, chcocolate bars and brownies home for later.
193 Park View, www.pulpfictionfuturefood.com
Park View Deil Bar
This fab deli is filled with the freshest ingredients from local and artisan suppliers. The cheese counter is incredible and the treats on sale incude jams, dressings, pasta sauces, Sloemotion gins and vodkas, and more. There’s also a café menu for breakfasts, sandwiches and salads, cakes and bakes. It’s dog friendly too.
188 Park View, www.parkviewdelibar.co.uk
A Whitley Bay institution, Nicholson’s has been here for more than 100 years. Now into its fourth generation, the family-owned shop, which was one of the first-ever members of the national Butchers Q Guild, is home to the best local produce and loads of expert advice. The award-winning produce ranges from innovative sausages to pies and pasties.
140 Park View, www.nicholsonsbutchers.co.uk
Head a little further up the street to PureKnead and fill your last bag with artisan breads and cakes. The fresh bread, a white sourdough and focaccia in our case, is really good – as are the cakes – they barely made it home before they disappeared. There’s also the option to get a custom cake design too.
152 Park View, www.pure-knead.com
With a lot of walking and bags full of treats and produce, we had to finish our trip with a sit down. Ahar, home to an award-winning Bangladeshi and Indian menu, was a great choice. Popular with locals and buzzing when we popped in, you’ll find classic curries and an Indian tapas menu available Thursdays and Sundays.
238 park View, www.theahar.com