Tynemouth has just been named the best place to live in the region. I cannot disagree. It’s got everything: bars, restaurants, sandy beaches – it’s some coast. Speaking of coasts, there is a new eatery in town called Coast Kitchen and Bar. According to their website: Serving seasonal, nutritious, locally sourced food crafted in-house to eat in or takeaway, alongside an impressive range of soft and alcoholic beverages, you’ll find a warm welcome at this small family-run restaurant, whether you’re a breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, or late evening type of person. We’ve platters for sharing, hearty mains, seasonal salads, fishy seaside classics, tempting puddings, and gluten free and vegetarian options. It sounds fabulous. As I’m a huge admirer of Tynemouth, with so many restaurants and bars already thriving, it was a no-brainer but to go and check it out. The question was… Would it be a welcome addition or be lost in greatness? It was Bank Holiday Sunday and the sun was shining. On arrival, the potent aromas coming from the kitchen allured us in. It was a lovely establishment. No wonder the place was rocking. Tom, our waiter for the afternoon, presented us with their new menus. With many drink available, we went for their signature drink in the Coast Gin and Tonic. It was a great day for a G and T; it was right on the money. Going in straight for the kill, we ordered our mains. The food menu concentrates on small bites, flatbreads and sharing boards but they also do specials. With the specials whetting our appetites most, we ordered Pan-fried Chicken, New Potatoes, Asparagus and Green Beans, and Smoked Haddock, Sautéed Potatoes, Spinach and Hollandaise Sauce. In no time at all, our dishes arrived. The chicken was presented simply but effectively. It was great to look at and great to taste. The chicken just fell off the bone. Not only that but it was health on a plate with the asparagus and green beans. Again, presented just as perfectly, the smoked haddock had a real spice to it and the hollandaise sauce was an ideal accompaniment – a winning combination. The haddock was sublime; you can’t go to the coast and go home without scoffing on fish. They were both satisfying mains. The sun was beaming down and the food was delighting – we were pleased.
Even though we were out enjoying the rays, we made time for dessert. Tom, who was a cool host, passed us the Dessert Menu. I went for the Orange and Polenta Cake as it was gluten free. My colleague ordered Strawberry Clotted Cream Cheesecake. As we waited, we ordered another drink and stayed with the gin ordering Gin, Zesty Lemon and Ginger. Cooling and refreshing, we were ginning, I mean singing and Coast Bar and Kitchen was winning. Our desserts were with us within fifteen minutes. They arrived on flat, black plaques and were easy on the eye. Coast does cute. The orange cake was light although I would’ve enjoyed a bit more orange flavour. Unfortunately it was a tad bland. The strawberry clotted cream cheesecake was much more like it. My colleague demolished it. I wanted to demolish it. Next time.
The initial enticement did falter towards the end for me with the dessert however it was a lovely afternoon that took us into the evening with smiles on our faces. Coast Bar and Kitchen I will definitely return soon. A welcome new addition to Tynemouth.