There are a plethora of amazing hidden gems in the centre of Newcastle, and I could wax lyrical all day about places like Bunker, True Coffeehouse, Pink Lane Coffee etc, but for something truly great (in both food and setting), get on the Metro, hop on the bus or in the car, get on your bike (or run?), and get yourself down to Tynemouth.
Ok, ok, so I do live in Tynemouth so I'm a little bit biased, but it's such an exciting place to live and the food scene is thriving. This summer not only saw the arrival of Longsands Fish Kitchen but also a permanent and ideally located home for Riley's Fish Shack - the seafood streetfood wonder creating delicious dishes using locally sourced fish and seafood. For the past 3 years, the guys have operated from a converted and modified bicycle, made into an al fresco barbecue unit to great acclaim and for good reason.
Boiler Shop Steamer - Newcastle's monthly street food and music event.
Last year, they began Crowdfunder campaign to help them create a permanent base for their seafood offering in the heart of Tynemouth, and after smashing their target at the beginning of this year, their shipping container restaurant went into production and opened this summer down in the glorious King Edward's Bay - I am extremely lucky that this is a stone's throw away from our house.
The shipping container has an in-built pizza oven meaning all of their breads are freshly made for each fish-lover who comes down, and the menu which changes daily depending on what's available, usually always including their infamous Mackerel wrap. All of their food is fresh, tasty and comes with amazing sides - they've recently expanded this and were trialling gruyere-topped potatoes last time I was down. Bloody lush.
They've just winter-proofed the unit for those colder days and nights, so expect wood-burning stoves for a toasty setting if you head along in the next few months.
Riley's Fish Shack is open Wednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 9am-5pm at King Edward's Bay in Tynemouth.
*post sponsored by Travelodge