Special Focus: North Tyneside

Join us for a visit to the best delis, cafés, restaurants and producers in Cullercoats, North Shields, Whitley Bay and Tynemouth

Baristocracy Coffee
For seriously good coffee, pay Alex Forsyth and Kate Hudson at Baristocracy a visit. Aussie coffee roaster Alex and Tyneside-born Kate have built a reputation across the region and beyond for sourcing and roasting some exceptional coffees from well-known locations as well as some more obscure ones. Regular events in the North Shields roastery offer something for novices through to coffee connoisseurs – see the website for details.
Unit 2, Larch Court West Chirton North Industrial Estate, North Shields, NE29 8SG, tel 07908 007 726, www.baristocracycoffee.com

Buddha Lounge
Buddha Lounge’s Asian-inspired menu has won high praise with its mix of tapas-style dishes from across the continent. The tapas menu includes chilli salt squid, tempura vegetables and prawns, crispy duck spring rolls, and Champagne honey black cod. There’s also dim sum, soup, salad, sushi and noodles as well as curries. For a real treat, enjoy bottomless brunch with a delectable fusion of flavours alongside bottomless cocktails, prosecco, spirits, wines, and soft drinks.
76 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BP, tel 0191 270 8990, www.facebook.com/buddhaloungetynemouth

Davanti Classico
The traditional Italian menu at Davanti Classico is served in the wonderful setting on Tynemouth Station, and has proved a big hit with locals and visitors. A popular spot for a happy hour visit, casual dinner or Sunday lunch – expect plenty of Italian flavour across the whole menu, which features locally sourced ingredients throughout.
Tynemouth Station, Tynemouth, NE30 4RE, tel 0191 258 3200, www.davanticlassico.com

Di Meo’s
The multi-award-winning Di Meo’s is the place for traditional Italian gelato, pizzas and coffee. Home to one of the friendliest Italian family welcomes anywhere on Tyneside, the team are experts at what they do – and popping in will always brighten your day.
9 Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1LX, tel 0191 252 3814, www.dimeos.co.uk

Fisherman’s Bay
One of the top 10 venues in the National Fish and Chip Awards 2023, Fisherman’s Bay is home to great fish and chips and ice cream, which you can order in person or via the app. Headed by the Dhillon family, the team draws on decades of industry experience to deliver traditional favourites, modern takes on classics, and extensive gluten-free and vegan options. As well as serving great food, the team is passionate about the local area, supporting environmentally conscious initiatives including regular beach cleans and serving all takeaways in biodegradable packaging.
6 East Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 1AP, tel 0191 447 4774, www.fishermansbay.co.uk

Grace Kelly’s
The newest venue on Tynemouth’s Front Street, Grace Kelly’s offers a taste of Ireland across its food and drink offering – with a buzzing atmosphere and live music every weekend. The bar at the top of Front Street has been refurbished throughout and opened in February 2024 with a menu of crowd-pleasing dishes – from Guinness-battered fish and chips and a smash burger with Irish cheddar and Jameson’s mayo, to a butternut squash curry and a steak and Guinness pie. There’s also a traditional Sunday lunch every week, plus comedy nights – follow @gracekellys_tynemouth on Instagram for more details.
77 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BP, tel 0191 429 6576, www.gracekellysirishlounge.co.uk

Grand Hotel
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, the Grand Hotel overlooking Tynemouth Longsands is the place for you. The hotel blends Victorian and modern styles while offering excellent food and first-class service.
The Brasserie serves a seasonal modern British menu featuring the freshest locally sourced ingredients. You can also enjoy afternoon tea or brunch everyday in the Drawing Room, or grab a pint from the ever-changing traditional ales in Copperfields pub.
14 Grand Parade, Tynemouth, NE30 4ER, tel 0191 293 6666, www.grandhoteltynemouth.co.uk

High Tide
A favourite for those walking along the coast, or spending the day on the beach and in the water down in Cullercoats Bay, High Tide is home to bistro food and a relaxed, informal dining experience. The menu changes with the seasons and the dinner menu features the best seafood and lots more. There are also pizzas, and a popular Sunday lunch served every week – plus pop-up breakfasts and brunches.
5 Victoria Crescent, Cullercoats, NE30 4PN, tel 0191 251 3065, www.facebook.com/HighTideCullercoats

Ora’s tapas menu has won rave reviews over many years – showcasing flavours from around the globe and the best local produce wherever possible. The paella is also a favourite, while those who pop in earlier in the day can enjoy all-day breakfast, burgers, and fish and chips along with a top-notch cup of coffee – the perfect treat after a morning walk along the clifftops or around the Priory and Castle.
31 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4DZ, tel 0191 258 3350, www.ora-tynemouth.co.uk

The Deli Around the Corner
The Deli Around the Corner has been a must-visit for almost two decades – for everything from fresh bread and patisserie to local meat and poultry, more than 50 cheeses, and hundreds of products from local producers. Just off Front Street in Tynemouth, the team also offers outside catering, while you can pop into the shop and enjoy fresh sandwiches, salad boxes, scones and more for lunch.
61 Hotspur Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4EE, tel 0191 259 0086, www.thedeliaroundthecorner.co.uk

The Roxburgh
For modern British cooking in a one-of-a-kind setting, pay a visit to The Roxburgh. Owner and head chef Gary Dall has won high praise for his food since launching The Roxburgh and continues to create innovative, seasonal and sustainable menus featuring good food reared locally, caught in the North Sea, or picked from the garden. There’s also great wine, and an eclectic playlist, while Sunday lunch and The Roxburger pop-ups have become some of the hottest tickets in town – follow The Roxburgh on Facebook and Instagram for details.
4 Roxburgh House, Park Avenue, Whitley Bay, NE26 1DS, tel 0191 253 1661, www.theroxburgh.co.uk

Toast serves up a fun, nostalgia-evoking brunch menu by day and Neopolitan-style pizza by night. Brunch is available 9am-3pm and pizza is served 4pm-late. The brunch menu features a range of dishes – from grilled cheese toasties, BLTs and croque madam to Turkish and North African eggs, Craster kippers with Toast’s own hash brown and devilled egg, and a salt beef Reuben crumpet. The House beans on TOAST is a real favourite too, while wood-fired pizzas are available on tomato, white and onion bases with classic, innovative, vegetarian and vegan options – see the website for details.
69A Front Street, Tynemouth, NE304BP, www.toasttynemouth.co.uk

Tynemouth 61 Guest House and Tea Room
From afternoon tea in the beautiful walled garden to a light lunch or coffee and cake in the tea room, every visit to Tynemouth 61 is a delight. Occupying a stunning Georgian townhouse on Front Street and offering bed and breakfast accommodation as well as weekend breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas, this is a must-visit.
61 Front Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4BT, tel 0191 257 3687, www.no61.co.uk

Tynemouth Castle Inn
The Inn Collection Group’s Tynemouth Castle Inn offers a lot for foodies – from a wide-ranging pub menu of local favourites and seasonal produce to Oswin’s fish and chip shop and Cones ice cream parlour. Opened in late-2023 after a 14-month refurbishment, the pub with rooms is just a stone’s throw from Tynemouth’s Longsands and has 72 bedrooms. The pub menu – served from noon-9pm – features local fish and shellfish as well as seasonal dishes such as a pheasant kiev and venison mince and dumplings. There’s also brunch from 10am to 5pm, and full grill and pizza menus. The standalone Oswin’s and Cones are also open daily, and are perfect places to treat yourself after a walk on the beach.
Grand Parade, Tynemouth, NE30 4JQ, tel 0191 357 8238, www.inncollectiongroup.com/tynemouth-castle-inn

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