Riley's Fish Shack
King Edwards Bay, enclosed by cliffs and grassy banks, and on the foot of Tynemouth castle, this short strand of shore line is more sheltered than the other beaches along the Tynemouth coast.
I recently popped down early one morning for a workout, and managed to catch a glimpse of group of 'elders' running into the north sea in just their bathing costumes. I got chatting to one to the men doing it, and he told me they do it every single day of the year. The group spans from age 62 - right up to the oldest member who is 85! I was inspired to take a dip myself... must admit I didn't last anywhere as long as that lot!
The bay also features'Riley's Fish Shack' - which is probably one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Starting out as a shipping container, this 'Hut Kitchen' has become one of my regular haunts. They served fresh locally caught fish, and cook it all over a real charcoal BBQ fire. The food is served in simple brown boxes (which for some reason I also love) and to be honest, it's completely delicious. On my first visit I went for the fishcakes, with poached egg, salad and warm bread. It was divine. Made even better by the view. Looking right onto what feels like a private beach. Riley's is quirky and has a really good community vibe. People come to hang out, eat good food and admire the view. They also have the best music playlist, from Buddy Holly to The Beach Boys, you feel like you could be anywhere in the world... (Ok, apart from the occasional bout of dodgy weather it has everything else going for it) With or without good weather this place is a dream. I usually head down early with a book, and just take in the atmosphere there.
Dogs are also welcome on board the shack, so no excuses not to visit.