Beside the seaside


This month we take a trip to South Tyneside – home to pretty coastline, renowned fish and chips, ice cream, independent cafés and restaurants

New-photoToney Minchella
Award-winning ice cream company Toney Minchella has four outlets open year-round at South Marine Park, Haven Point, Whitburn Bents Park and at South Promenade in South Shields. As well as serving the ever-popular Minchella ice creams, teas and coffees and light snacks, the Grill Bar @ Haven Point offers hot and cold food in full Drive-ins, Diners and Dives style, including Aberdeen Angus burgers, American hot dogs, char-grilled chicken and steak in focaccia bread. Worth a visit rain or shine!

Colmans-1Family-owned and run since 1926, Colmans’ award-winning fish and chips are the object of national renown and the highlight of any day trip to South Shields. Regularly voted one of the best chippies in the country, Colmans is well worth a visit on its own – even all the way from appetite HQ in Stocksfield! A regular in compilations of the best chippies and takeaways in the UK, it has appeared in the The Good Food Guide and you’ll often find a queue stretching out the door. Trust us, it’s well worth queueing for!
Colmans, Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JQ, tel 0191 456 1202,

Bistro Romano
RomanosBistro Romano opened in 1999 and has since become one of the best-loved restaurants in South Tyneside. Owners Romano and Paolo Minchella started their first restaurant in Seaburn 30 years ago and Bistro Romano offers contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. From simple Italian pasta and risotto dishes to fish and meat specialities, there’s something for everyone on the menu and the brothers source the best quality ingredients for every dish. Their beef and lamb comes from local farms and the majority of their fish is from sustainable waters.
Bistro Romano, Front Street, Cleadon Village, SR6 7PG,  tel 0191 519 1747,

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