The Wheel House
For those coffee and cake moments in between sandy strolls, it has to be The Wheel House.
Tucked away on Tanners’ Bank, this cosy, no-frills coffee house is becoming a popular spot for cups of freshly roasted goodness and locally-made treats.
Pull up a chair, get your caffeine fix and satisfy your sweet tooth!
Unit 3, Tanners’ Bank, NE30 1JH @thewheelhousecoffeebar on Instagram
It hasn’t even been open a year, but already Lobo Rojo is making a name for itself as one of the coast’s most popular foodie hangouts.
The taqueria serves up colourful, mouth- watering plates of Mexican goodness, from tacos, tostadas and quesadillas, to fresh fish and meats, cooked and served the traditional way.
Best enjoyed with margaritas a-plenty.
40 Fish Quay, NE30 1HB @loborojoquay on Instagram
North Shields’ first micropub, Enigma Tap, continues to draw in the crowds for its stellar line-up of local beers, spirits, organic wines and real cider.
You’re bound to find a tipple you know and love, but if you fancy trying something new, just ask.
The owners – a local couple – and their team, are passionate about what they pour and are always on hand to make recommendations.
60 Bedford Street, NE29 0AL @enigmatap on Instagram
31 The Quay
For grub that’s fresh, local and seasonal, pay 31 The Quay a visit.
Part of Smith’s Dock – North Shields’ new, multi-million pound housing and leisure development – the restaurant is perfectly-positioned on the town’s tranquil riverside and offers knock-out views.
Award-winning North East chef, Andrew Wilkinson, and his team offer a super-chilled dining experience, though the food is fine-dining quality.
Ground Floor, Smokehouse, Two Smith’s Dock, NE29 6BZ @31thequay on Instagram
The Salty Sea Dog
Get your day off to a tasty start at The Salty Sea Dog.
Perfect for early-risers and brunch-lovers, it’s a go-to for posh fry-ups, eggs every which way, healthier ‘hash bowls’, mighty pancake stacks and bagels.
Make it boozy with a glass of something fizzy, or settle on pots of strong, locally-brewed coffee. Great for groups of mates or family.
17 Union Quay, NE30 1HJ @thesaltyseadog17 on Instagram
For posh brekkie, brunch and lunchtime bites, check out TwelveTwentyFive.
The swanky restaurant and bar has recently opened on North Shields’ fish quay and we’re loving its morning menus.
Think crab benedict, brioche French toast with crème fraiche and honey, and to-die-for fish finger sandwiches with a fried egg on top.
22A Union Quay, NE30 1HJ @twelvetwentyfive1225 on Instagram
Flash House Brewing Co
Fancy a pint? A stone’s throw away from North Shields’ fish quay, Flash House Brewing Co is a must-visit if you’re into your expertly-crafted cask, keg, canned and bottled beers – and ales – from around the world.
The clever owners have stuck a bar – The Tap Room – right in the middle of their brewery, meaning you can drink straight from the source.
Local food vendors provide perfectly-paired nibbles, too.
Unit 1A Flash House Brewing Co, NE30 1DS @flashhousebrewing on Instagram
The Staith House
For Sunday lunch with added va-va-voom, look no further than The Staith House.
The renowned gastropub, which has graced The Good Food and Good Pub Guides, plus the Michelin Guide back in 2016, is famed for its spectacular end-of-the-week feasts,
which showcase the likes of aged sirloin and succulent pig belly, catch of the day, and roast leg of lamb with all the trimmings.
57 Low Lights, NE30 1HF @thestaithhouse on Instagram
The Ships Cat
When the mood for cocktails and comfort food strikes, head for The Ships Cat.
The new and quirky restaurant-and-bar hasn’t been open long, but it’s gained a loyal fan-base in recent months thanks to its creative tipples and feel-good menu.
Think hand-stretched pizzas, mighty homemade burgers, BBQ wings with loaded ‘naughty fries’ and gourmet pies.
Union Road, Tanners’ Bank NE30 1JH @theshipscatnorthshields on Instagram
The guys behind Tynemouth-based clothing brand, Longsands Clothing, opened the doors of its café bar, Longsands Après, just a few short months ago.
A super-cool hang-out for coffee-drinkers, cake-lovers and shoppers alike (it’s a bar and clothing store rolled into one), it’s the perfect weekend pit-stop in the heart of North Shields.
4 Albion Road, NE30 2RJ @longsandsuk on Instagram
Salt Market Social
Keep an eye out for Salt Market Social, which is set to arrive on North Shields Fish Quay over the coming months.
Inspired by Newcastle’s By The River Brew and Boiler Shop Steamer, it’ll be the coast’s first indoor street food and craft ale market, housed in a huge, industrial-chic warehouse.
Planning permission – and a drinks license – have been granted, so foodies shouldn’t have long to wait until they can fill their bellies and make a weekend of it.
Watch this space!
Cosalt Building, 1 Liddell Street, NE30 1HE @saltmarketsocial on Instagram