It’s a date – Riley’s Fish Shack

If you frequent Tynemouth, you may be aware that there’s a new opening nestled in King Edward’s Bay, in the shadow of the castle. For anyone who hasn’t been before, The Gibraltar Rock is the perfect place to stop in for pre-dinner drinks.


With reasonable drinks and peaceful decor, TGR served us a cool glass of wine (or two!) and a Guinness (not mine, obviously, ew).


And who can resist sitting right up to a view like this? Rainbows and all.


Suitably tipsy, we tottered down the precarious steps to the beach, named one of the most beautiful in the UK to visit.


And arrived at Riley’s Fish Shack.


With a bar-type seating area outside, you can sit facing the sea as you chow down on delicious menu items like monkfish wraps or a surf and turf.


But with massive glass windows and doors, the view from inside is just as good (and considerably cosier if you go for dinner!), although if you do choose to sit outside, you can stoke the fire to keep the temperature.


We shared a fish curry with two fishcakes and a chilli fish empanada. Seasoning was spot on and the fish (obviously) was seaside fresh.


Although service took a while (there’s only a tiny kitchen!) everything was cooked to perfection and came with perfect accompaniments, including salads of fresh chopped vegetables and homemade breads.


My personal favourite was the empanada, definitely what I’d order if (when!) I come here again!

With full bellies and slightly fuzzy heads, we started the long walk back up to town, only stopping a few times to take gorgeous pictures like this one.


A perfect date night. If anyone’s been or has any recommendations for great seafood restaurants, let me know in the comments below!


Peace and love,


The NCLinsider xx


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