Coming from the same family that run Crusoes, The View is an all new establishment sitting proudly on the Longsands beach.
Tynemouth is riding high on the crest of the foodie wave that has hit in recent times. The whole coast has been rebranded in sorts. The stag and hens that used to flock to the coast for hedonistic weekends have been replaced by a discerning crowd looking for artisan coffee and fresh local ingredients.
Not that it’s a bad thing of course.
With cute and quaint outdoor seating in the style of beach huts which is mirrored in the interior décor, you can’t argue that it is not a pretty place to be. Floor to ceiling glass windows let in heaps of natural light while affording diners spectacular views of the sands no matter what time of day they visit. Stripped wood, industrial fixtures and a hell of a lot of attention to detail has been heaped in to the building with an understandably huge investment. The sun worshipping crowd have been catered for too with a takeaway counter built in so they don’t lose their prime spot in the sun.
We visited on a Saturday morning for breakfast a few weeks after they had opened. Grabbing a scenic table, we had to take turns going up to the counter to look at the menu as there was no printed menus on the tables. Bit of a pain as there was a crush of people gazing upwards which in turn blocks the doorway. A bit unorganised but we ventured on. I had been craving avocado and eggs all week in the build up to our visit to The View so when I was told they had no avocados, but they could maybe perhaps rustle me up Eggs Benedict with some slices of ham, I was a bit gutted. My vegetarian dining partner didn’t fare too well either. There is no mention of veggie breakfast offerings and the server had to radio down to the kitchen to see what they could come up with. Our visit wasn’t doing so well so far was it?
With drinks ordered and some fresh baked goods bagged up to take home, we waited for the food to arrive. And we waited. It took 50 minutes for the food to come out but as we had been chatting, it wasn’t so bad. The food was a let down though sadly. The Veggie Breakfast (No price listed, but £7 perhaps) had meant to come with fried eggs and sans mushrooms….. of course it came with 3 rock hard poached eggs and a heap of mushrooms. My poor pal just let it slide as we were so hungry we couldn’t face another 50 minute wait! My Eggs Benedict (£7) didn’t wow me either. More rock hard eggs that looked like they had been cooked in a machine rather than fresh.
We were in The View for just under 2hrs and most of that time was spent catching up over coffee and cooing over dogs on the beach. The scones and cakes are absolutely delicious and if anything, I recommend you all visit just for a giant scone and cup of tea. It’s a great place to meet and the views are arguably some of the best in the region for a dining venue. The menu for lunch and dinner was plentiful and I will definitely be returning to check that out, in the hopes we just caught them on an off day, I just hope they print some menus off!
There seems to still be a lot of teething issues to be ironed out at The View but I hope it does well and continues on an even keel.
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