It was a beautiful autumnal Sunday and there were plenty of people enjoying the lovely little seaside town of Tynemouth when we checked out Coast.
Once we’d managed to find a coveted parking spot we grabbed a table in Coast, a relatively new and stylish addition to Front street. Our friendly waiter Tom quickly made us feel welcome, bringing over the menus and some crayons and paper for Little Dude.
They have free water infusions available on the bar and the flavour du jour was cucumber, lemon and mint which I decided to sample (deliciously refreshing!) while the Mr had a ginger beer and LD had some fizzy water.
We checked out the Sunday lunch menus, our mouths starting to water at the options available. They offer one course for £12, two for £15.50 or three for £19. For starters we plumped for North Sea fishcakes with tartare sauce and 3 onion welsh rarebit, opting to share with LD.
LD was drawing a picture and it was a lovely touch when Tom told him it was so good he was going to put it up on the notice board, which he did on the spot! Wonderful service makes all the difference and Tom was genuinely a great guy.
Meanwhile our starters came, and I had food envy as the Mr’s fishcakes looked amazing! He and LD shared them, and they got a big thumbs up from the boys. The crispy orbs featured big pieces of salmon and other fish (not as easy to identify, but very tasty!)
My welsh rarebit came with no garnish and didn’t look as impressive as the fishcakes, but who cares when you’ve got a tasty slice of sourdough with a triple onion combo, cheese and Worcestershire sauce.
Next came the mains. I’d gone for Crane Row farm pork belly and the Mr roast beef rib eye. LD was offered a half portion of Sunday lunch or some homemade fish and chips. Opting to all go for Sunday Lunch we asked LD if he wanted chicken or pork and he answered ‘fork,’ so pork it was!
The beef was served red in the middle (but they offer to cook it well done if you prefer). A big fluffy Yorkshire and a couple of roasties with some homemade gravy completed the dish. Mr TLC thought the beef was succulent, tender and obviously great quality.
The roast dinner is served with a sharing skillet of cauliflower cheese, new potatoes, cabbage, carrots and braised lettuce.
My pork belly was served with the puffiest piece of pork crackling I’ve ever tasted! The pork was so delicious, so flavoursome and it just melted in my mouth. Great Yorkshire pudding and crisp fluffy roast potatoes too.
The vegetables were the perfect accompaniment and it was great to have cauliflower cheese (my favourite) as well as a good selection of other veggies for the Mr who is lactose intolerant.
LD’s kids portion was more than enough for a three year old, maybe older kids would want an adults portion but it really depends on your child’s appetite. The portions all left us very full for the rest of the day, so they were deceptively filling!
Having polished off our mains LD and I decided to go for desserts while the Mr was happy with a soya milk cappuccino.
I went for apple and plum crumble and custard while LD doesn’t think any trip to the seaside is complete until he’s had an ice cream so he went for some vanilla scoops. True to Coast’s ethos of guilt free treats the crumble was full of fruit and not as sugary as some, which was a nice change. I do think the crumble component could’ve done with a bit more cinnamon and a little more sugar to make it perfect.
We left very full and happy, ready for some fun building sandcastles in King Edward’s Bay. Coast’s Sunday lunch is definitely worth a trip to the seaside. It offers great value considering the quality of ingredients and standard of cooking on offer, as well as the fantastic service and chilled ambience. Their breakfasts and lunches sound great too, and Tom was telling us they’ve started oyster and prosecco night as well as other special events. Sounds good to me!
We were provided with a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review, however the opinions expressed in this article are honest and true to experience.