Now that Harry has gone to uni, Ian and I will be able to spend more time at our home on the beautiful North-East coast of England. Meeting at this stage in life means we both have a home. We love both houses and both locations so have decided to keep both. I still work in practice Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but for the rest of the week, I can write, blog and create content wherever there is wifi. Ian works from home much of the time, so going forwards. we can divide our time, (though not necessarily equally), between Skipton and Tynemouth. I’m enjoying getting to know the area. In fact I wrote this blog post in July about a fabulous brunch place in Whitley Bay which is just along the coast from Tynemouth.
Riley’s Fish Shack
Riley’s Fish Shack is a fish bar and grill based on King Edward’s Bay, Tynemouth, which serves local, seasonal fish and seafood. We’ve been a couple of times before, pre-pandemic. Like much of the hospitality sector, Riley’s has adapted: there is no longer any indoor seating. Instead, customers book deckchairs and a table outside on the beach. Wind breaks and parasols come as standard, firepits can be hired for the duration of the meal.
Ian and I went over the August bank holiday weekend. It was chilly but we took blankets and wrapped up. The atmosphere was lovely- very relaxed and laid back and the young waiting staff were excellent. Riley’s change the menu daily depending on what fish and seafood has been caught that day. We ordered grilled turbot and a selection of sides to share. It was all divine.
I don’t know whether Riley’s will continue operating like this throughout the winter months- I certainly hope so because I’m already looking forward to our next visit. If you’re ever in that area, do go and eat there and experience the lovely atmosphere. You’ll love it.
Hoodies: Frozen Surf Society.
Please, please take a look at the Instagram Reel I made of this visit to Riley’s Fish Shack. It has really captured the atmosphere.
See Riley’s website for more information.
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