Katie Bryson’s foodie tips.

Katie Bryson is a journalist and food blogger who writes about her kitchen adventures feeding two hungry boys and her firefighter husband at Feeding Boys & a FireFighter. Katie and her family moved to Whitley Bay from London almost two years ago. She kindly offered to write a guest post for The Staycationer. 

Katie Bryson – courtesy Sharron Gibson

Whitley Bay is undergoing a multi-million pound refurb of its seafront, so by 2018 it will have a shiny new look. In the meantime don’t be put off as there’s plenty to do that makes it a very special place to hang out!

After a walk on the beach go for the full nostalgic experience and have a cuppa and a peach melba at the Rendezvous Cafe on the promenade, which has a fabulously authentic 1930s interior. Its glorious floor to ceiling windows have an unparalleled view of the dramatic beach, so you can people watch to your heart’s content as the skies constantly change overhead.

Rendez-Vous Cafe, Photo credit : Katie Bryson

The food scene in Whitley Bay is pretty exciting these days… Hang out with the hipsters and grab a wood-fired pizza at Elder & Wolf. This place is the very height of Hygge.

Photo courtesy – Katie Bryson

Soak up the bustling atmosphere over a tipple with the locals at The Left Luggage Micro Brewery nestled into the arches at Monkseaton Metro Station. As well as an awesome ever-changing array of craft beers on tap, they’ve got amazing gins and ridiculously reasonably priced wines.

If South East Asian vibes are more your thing head to Omni in Monkseaton for steaming bowls of authentic eats, a fantastic wine list set in a cosy cafe that’s all twinkly lights and relaxed vibes.

The warm welcome and amazing Turkish menu at Turknaz leaves you feeling like you’ve been on holiday – their vegetarian food is divine!

But if you want a slice of local fayre, Hinnies is the place to sample Geordie Comfort Food at its finest.

Have you been to any of restaurants that Katie mentions  ? Do you have any North East foodie tips to share  ? If so I would love to hear your tips and stories. Let’s share our #staycationinspiration. 

I am linking up this post to the linky #FoodieFriday, hosted by Mummy in a tutu  and Sparkly Mummy. 

Sparkly Mummy

Header image courtesy of Image Catalog on Flickr.


  1. Food always tastes better when your breathing in fresh sea air! I’ve never been to Whitley bay but it looks and sounds like a very interesting place to visit


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