Self Care Sunday With A Trip To Tynemouth

Surprise! Second blog post of 2020. I know, get me! Journeying home from a lush day in Tynemouth I was saying to myself .. ‘I’m going to blog today straight away.’ The reason behind it was because  my first blog post of 2020 on January 1st I mentioned that one of my intentions for this year was going to be focusing on more self care.

Take good care of your body and soul


And what has happened to my self care prescription? I got through five days of back to work last week without any.  For this very reason we went for a trip to the coast both days this weekend.  I was determined that I wouldn’t get off course so I needed to make myself up to myself.

First trip of the weekend on Saturday was coast nearby. We  live in a part of the North East where we are very close to  both the sea and the North Yorkshire Moors. I know … very lucky to live where we live.

Sunday’s trip I suggested to Mr B that we have a drive North to Tynemouth. It’s about a one hour drive for us through the Tyne Tunnel. It ended up being a bit of a family outing. My mum came along and we also managed to drag our youngest out of bed to join us.


Tynemouth is such a bustling, vibrant seaside town. It has  superb, wide, sweeping beaches, a castle, a lighthouse. Not too mention the quirkiest main street packed to the rafters with pubs, cafés and eateries.

We found it easy to park on the front when we arrived despite it being very busy. It was only £3.00 to park all day. We stretched our legs well and truly by walking along the front and also to the lighthouse and back.


We had a hot chocolate and coffee stop. Then we had a drink in The Turk’s Head. Mine was a pint of Guinness. We do love a traditional pub for a pint and this certainly didn’t disappoint. I am fond of a Guinness when I’m at the seaside or in Dublin visiting relatives. I don’t/can’t drink it any other time. No idea why!

By this time we’d discovered our appetites and thought it only fitting that we celebrated by treating ourselves  to fish and chips. We managed to get a table at the very popular Longsands Fish Kitchen. Many of my North East blogger friends have raved about this place so I knew it would be good.

We all agreed we  loved the fact that we knew where our choice of cod and chips had been sourced from. Our cod was from Norway and the potatoes for our chips were from Suffolk.

Service was very friendly and food took just the right amount of time you would expect to arrive. It was very good and didn’t disappoint. Even the bowl of scraps. Scrumptious.

We ordered two small portions, two regular, mushy peas, a stottie {bread for those of you not Northern 😉 } a large pot of tea for three and a coke. The bill came to just over £53.00.

We ate in the restaurant but there’s also a takeaway at the front. Food is served in quirky boxes from the takeaway that are fashioned to look like newspaper.

If you like your fish and seafood there are some great choices on the menu including the catch of the day; scallops, shrimp, hake, halibut, plaice.

It’s easy to see why the place {pardon the pun} is thriving. It was getting dark when we emerged but there were piles of people still queuing for the takeaway and sat at the  outside tables devouring their steaming boxes of fishy fabulousness.

On the walk back to the car I took this picture. It’s King Edward’s Bay. See down there with the bright lights? That’s another award winning place we want to eat at. Next time.

Do any of my readers know what it is?

Tynemouth is a wonderful jewel of the North East coast. It’s not for nothing it was voted one of the best places to live in 2019 by The Sunday Times.


Watch the video here


You really must visit. If you search the ‘Travel’ category on here you’ll be able to read about some other places I heartily recommend you visit in the North of England, my home, if you ever make your way here.

There you have it. I managed to look after myself this weekend with some Vitamin Sea.

How’s the start to your self care going for 2020? Maybe you didn’t fall of the wagon as easily as me! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Sharon xo



  1. January 13, 2020 / 7:06 am

    Now tell me what that award winning place is!! I need to know now!!! Lol. Like you with the business, I never ever eat fish&chips from a plate! Always takeaway and outside, preferably at a beach!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:13 pm

      Dreaming of it now, Nancy!! xo

  2. January 13, 2020 / 9:44 am

    I love Tynemouth, it is not too far from where we live so we often visit. I think that a trip to the coast is always great for a little bit of self-care as it always clears my mind. Your lunch looks lovely x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:12 pm

      A coast trip is good for the soul for sure! xo

  3. January 13, 2020 / 1:46 pm

    Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Love Longsands Fish & Chips!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:11 pm

      It’s a beaut little spot isn’t it? Oh to be there right now, Sam xo

  4. Janice Reeve
    January 13, 2020 / 2:36 pm

    Riley’s Fish Shack!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      January 13, 2020 / 7:21 pm

      Ha! Have you been, Janice? xo

      • Janice
        January 13, 2020 / 9:03 pm

        Yes and it’s brilliant. The menu changes daily depending on the fresh fish they can get and it’s cooked to perfection. I can highly recommend it. The place is only small but people queue at lunchtime and then eat on the beach, mostly in the summer mind. For the winter they have heaters xx

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:11 pm

      YES!!! Spot on xo

  5. January 13, 2020 / 6:53 pm

    Your review is duly noted for when I venture back to the North-East, so thank you for an article written with much passion and love ??

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:12 pm

      Thankyou, let’s hope we can all venture out again on our travels soon xx

  6. January 15, 2020 / 9:37 am

    Sounds wonderful. Nothing like fish and chips following a long walk.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:10 pm

      Dreaming of fish and chips by the sea now I’ve seen these comments, Hilda! xo

  7. January 19, 2020 / 12:27 am

    Oh my word – there is something about the coast at this time of year that is extra wonderful, and something even more wonderful about fish and chips AT the beach… it looks blissful – I have to show this to the hubster coming from Whitley bay he will be mighty interested 🙂 I think he will develop a hankering for fish and chips at a cold beach very shortly

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:09 pm

      We’re all wishing for a bit of that right now aren’t we? xo

  8. February 6, 2020 / 8:12 pm

    Tynemouth is not exactly on my doorstep, but it’s now definitely on my to-do list for my next trip north. Thanks for the review.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      April 4, 2020 / 5:06 pm

      The North East coast truly is stunning, We are very lucky aren’t we? xo

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