Riley’s Fish Shack.

January is quite possibly the most dull month of the entire year. Everyone seems to be on a bit of a downer following Christmas. Over indulging in food and over spending, it is no surprise that we all feel quite deflated in the first month of the New Year. So here is one way to erase those January blues.


I don’t know if it’s just me but I always feel a lot better once I’ve got out and got some fresh air and there is no better time to enjoy a brisk walk than when its baltic outside. Living in the North East of England has provided me with countless destinations to visit when I need to get some fresh air and have a change of scenery. One of my favourite places to visit is the beach, there is just something about a cold day at the seaside that I find homely and comforting. My all time favourite beach destination has to be King Edwards Bay in Tynemouth. Although its a bit of a venture out from where I live it is well worth the journey. The secluded bay is quite possibly one of the most scenic and tranquil places I have ever visited. Because it’s small it isn’t a major tourist destination and doesn’t really get too busy therefore it is ideal for an intimate walk or perfect for letting your dog off the leash for the first time.


But I bet you’re wondering, “well what makes this beach different from any other?” and to answer that Q it would be the amazing food. The bay is home to a small beach restaurant called ‘Riley’s Fish Shack.’ Oh my goodness, this food is incredible. The fresh fishy treats are some of the best I have EVER tasted and that is a big claim coming from a seafood enthusiast. I had the chili squid with roasted rosemary potatoes and wow I could honestly eat this every day it was insane. Major heart eyes for this dish. The experience is made even better through the set up of the shack. With big open fires and wood burners, as well as countless amounts of blankets the cold doesn’t even come into question as you are completely and utterly toasty. It’s open day and night and is the perfect location for those wanting a walk out in the fresh sea air. I’ve never visited in the summer as I feel if it’s warm it would take away from the experience and who doesn’t love an excuse to snuggle up to someone when it’s cold in such a breath-taking environment. With Valentines approaching this is the perfect destination to treat your significant other too and something really different from the typical dinner date and the secluded environment really adds to the V-day vibe. If your in the NE it would be rude not to visit as it is so different from any other beach I have visited.