Having enjoyed our recent trip to Northumberland trying some fabulous restaurants on the coast it made us want to discover more North East coastal eateries. Here’s ten we’ve found for you.
Describes itself as a restaurant, coffee shop, bar and campsite overlooking Lindisfarne. Built as a barn in the early 19th century it was left disused for many years until the farming family who own the land decided to diversify. They are open Monday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch with dinner also served on Friday and Saturday evenings.They score 4.5 stars on Trip Advisor with 477 ‘excellent’ reviews.
Image Credit:The Barn At Beal
This was a place we found by accident on New Year’s Eve 2017. We’d decided to call into Craster on our way to another pub we had booked for dinner. We had a drink in here and the vibe was great for a pub that is literally in the middle of nowhere. Craster itself is tiny and was deserted when we parked the car. I think everyone was in here! The restaurant was being set up for evening service and the whole family agreed it was a place we’d like to return to. The sea view looked fantastic, too.
We visited Amble on our way home on New Year’s Day and walked past this eaterie. Again making a mental note that it was a restaurant we’d love to try if we ever passed that way again. They have four venues in the Northumberland locality and judging by the Facebook page a lot of very satisfied customers. The area around the boathouse has had a bit of a facelift over recent years. It has a sort of ‘New England’ vibe about it with its long wooden boardwalks; perfect for a spot of seal watching after you’ve eaten.
Describes itself as a gastropub and luxury 5-star inn. We can vouch for the food as this was where we landed on New Year’s Eve 2017. It had a great atmosphere and the service was very friendly. The menu was a bit limited that night as you would expect for a expect for a busy holiday service. We shared some starters and each tried a different main. I decided on a burger which I can honestly describe as one of the best I have EVER tasted. I am very fussy about burgers. So many places get it so wrong with under seasoning. We didn’t have dessert and only two of us had wine but the bill for five adults came to approx £120.00. Having looked at the website I’d definitely like to stay over.
No trip to Whitby would be complete without a visit to the institution that is the Magpie Cafe. No matter what time of year you visit there is always a queue of people languishing on the stone steps of this distinctive black and white building overlooking the harbour. In 2017 the building was badly damaged by fire but it successfully re-opened in November 2017. Choose from the obvious fish and chips but also freshly caught Whitby crab and kippers as well as oysters from Lindisfarne. If you do takeaway fish and chips in Whitby though be careful of cheeky, hungry seagulls!
If you’ve ever visited the wonderful Star at Harome then you know to expect quality and attention to detail. This is on our bucket list for our next trip to Whitby. Only opened in July 2017 and part of the ‘Star’ stable we expect to hear great things. It describes itself as a destination for every sort of celebration.
Saltburn is one of our all-time favourite places. It’s not too far from where we live so it’s somewhere we visit a lot. You may remember our post about it as a place we recommend you visit because it’s on the up. We’ve visited this restaurant on many occasions and taken friends and family. We particularly love the upstairs balcony which is a great place to sit with a glass of wine and watch the world go by. More times than not we’ve used the takeaway downstairs when we fancy a fish supper and the sand between our toes. We never tire of Saltburn.
A farmhouse bed and breakfast, coffee house and bistro. Looking at the amount of 5-star reviews it’s not difficult to understand why once safely ensconced you would feel the need to transport yourself anywhere else although we do recommend you do venture out if you can! It’s actually in the small village of Scalby which is just on the outskirts and typifies ‘picture postcard’ North Yorkshire. All of Foulsyke’s ingredients are locally sourced and beautifully presented.
Two tin containers hardly sound like the place to be, does it? But I’ve lost count of the times as a family we’ve intended to visit this semi-portable fish bar. We know so many people who’ve been and loved it but because of its popularity, it’s always so busy. If anyone can recommend the best day or time to visit I would appreciate a note in the comments. The Fish Shack gained even more positive notoriety last year when Michel Roux Jnr. featured it in Channel 4’s Hidden Restaurants. Food critic, Jay Rayner from The Guardian and The Observer described his meal there in 2017 as ‘the eating experience of the year.’ Form a queue!
Right on the seafront in Whitley Bay and run by the owners of Blackfriars in Newcastle. It came on the food scene there in 2016 amongst the wave of new investment that reached the town. The menu is fairly extensive covering brunch, lunch and dinner and even afternoon tea. It’s certainly not all about fish in this coastal eaterie and we are loving the kid’s ‘build your own ice cream’ option.
Our choice that takes us the furthest south along the North East coast to Bridlington is a Thai restaurant. Not a great website but the reviews on TripAdvisor and Facebook are outstanding. Their signature dishes are authentically Thai and made featuring Bridlington’s famous crab. Diners have been known to rave over their Red Thai Chicken Curry.
If you love seafood you won’t be disappointed taking our tour of North East coastal eateries but it’s not all about the fish. There is so much to choose from for anyone’s taste and budget.
Let us know your coastal favourites in the comments.