When we were eventually let out of the house, there was one place I wanted to go: Tynemouth Surf Cafe. After originally hearing about them via the social media whispers of local singing hero Sam Fender in the midst of lockdown, I kept an eye on the beachfront venue. I’m glad I did.
The Surf Cafe is situated right on Tynemouth Longsands with a small seating area inside and a lovely little garden facing the sea and sand attached at the side. Inside, it’s the coolest place in the North East – I am sure of it. After a refurb the whole place is Geordie and bright. Walls are adorned with NUFC-themed surfboards and LED light signs. Not to mention the to-die-for bright blue VW campervan looming above you as you order that perfect scran.
After all, Tynemouth Surf Cafe is the place to go for good scran at the coast. How many times have you gone for a trip to the beach and got the same old soggy fish and chips? Once you go to the Surf Cafe, you won’t go back to your old ways. Steak, prawns, fried chicken, calamari, halloumi fries – the lot. You name it, they do it. They even do beautiful smoked kippers on their breakfast menu.
What really makes the Surf Cafe so special is its Po’Boys – a New Orleans delicacy. I think it would be fair to say that this US delicacy is now an NE one too. The baguette-style sandwiches are filled to the brim with amazing flavours and foods – the Surf N Turf is a favourite, though.
Amazing local beers are served at the Surf Cafe too, including a music-themed edition called the ‘Tiny Dancer’ (which I’m yet to try, but can’t wait to). If that’s not your thing, they do the standard Koppabergs and soft drinks (including Fanta Lemon, may I add). Oh, and they provide water for your four-legged friends if you ask nicely.
A sparkling gem of a place right on our coast. If you haven’t been yet, you better get there soon.