Tynemouth & Whitley Bay

Sidneys, Percy Park Rd. Now features in Michelin. 0191 257 8500

Giorgio’s Pizzeria & Restaurant, Front St. 0191 257 3758

Cafe 22, 22a Front St. Smart place, trendy & good food. 0191 257 0090

The Gate of India, 40 Front St. 0191 258 3453

Gibraltar Rock, Carvery East St. 0191 258 5655

Tynemouth Lodge Hotel, Tynemouth Rd, a real locals’ pub frequented by the lifeboatmen. Great beers and often very busy. It’s at the top of that steep climb out of the North Shields fish quays, on the edge of Tynemouth.

Fitzpatricks, Front Street, is a handsome establishment. It is one of eight pubs in the small town. Has a changing selection of hand-pulled ales. Food served.

The Turks Head, Front St, otherwise known as the Stuffed Dog because of Willie the Scottish collie, whose 130 year old taxidermised remains sit in a glass box looking at the bar. Willie came down from the Scottish Borders with a herd of sheep and a shepherd, but somehow got separated from them and spentthe rest of his life waiting and pining in Tynemouth for his lost master. A tale of epic proportions told in detail on a plaque. Good Courage Directors, regular guest ales. Food served all day.