Tynemouth’s newest foodie addition promises it all; creative flavours, guilt-free snacks, inventive blackboard specials and healthy, energy-packed brekkies and brunchy plates to kick-start your day. You’ll find the family-run venue on Front Street – nab a seat out outdoors on a sunny day to watch the world go by while you munch.
We love the cool, coastal vibe here. Lots of deep navy for a nautical nod, crisp white tiles, industrial-style lighting that hangs gorgeously from the ceiling and a sleek bar to perch at while you’re having your brekkie. It’s nearly always quiet – but in a good way. Super relaxing.
All your usual soft and alcoholic tipples, plus a selection of really nice, fresh juices. Try the smoothies – the Green Goddess, packed with kale, coconut water, banana and sweet pineapple, is our current favourite.
Its fresh, home-cooked fare speak for itself – the perfect example of nutritious, ‘good food’ – things like fishy seaside classics, hearty seasonal salads and tempting sharing platters – done really well and with minimal fuss. Craving something sweet? Try ‘raw’ chia berry jam on sourdough, almond milk porridge with fresh rhubarb or a bowl of homemade granola with oodles of nuts and seeds and dollops of Greek yogurt. Savoury-seekers will love the salads – everything from puy lentil, tabbouleh and goats cheese to roast squash, spelt and red onion – smashed avo with pickled chilli and the healthy ricotta ‘gnudi’ – a bit like gnocchi. They do Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, too, and you order-to-go if you’re in a hurry.
We stopped by on one of those days when you fancy a bit of everything – and you have no choice but to let your stomach’s do the ordering. This meant a few small plates each to share, starting with smashed avocado on a wedge of toasted, crusty sourdough (£5). We liked their version a lot – a creamy, generous spread that mixed fresh avo with a dash of soured cream and plenty of pickled chilli for a spicy kick, and two plump poached eggs that oozed everywhere. Delicious. Then there was a bowl of homemade hummus (£3), which arrived chunky, herby with a few Moroccan spices thrown into the mix we think, spread on hot focaccia. Very pleasing. We finished things off with a big bowl of gnudi (£10) – essentially like gnocchi – filled with rangy ricotta and roast squash, sprinkled with plenty of basil and parmesan. It was our first time trying and we devoured the stuff in minutes – our only gripe was that the (large) portion size was still a bit too small for our liking. But then, that’s what happens when you eat out with a grumbling belly! If you’re a pasta fiend, you should definitely try it – just be sure to have a starter beforehand. Dessert-wise, we tried the yogurt pannacotta, topped with apple, rhubarb and homemade, crunchy granola (£4). Not exactly spring flavours, but it’s apple and rhubarb is a combo we can never say no to. Again, a small portion, but super comforting and yet light – and they knocked the nutty granola element out of the park.