FOOD REVIEW: River Cafe on The Tyne, North Shields

River Cafe on The Tyne in North Shields. Picture by Colin Davison.
River Cafe on The Tyne in North Shields. Picture by Colin Davison.

There’s nothing I like more than delicious food with a spectacular view.

And that is exactly what you can expect at River Cafe on The Tyne, on North Shields Fish Quay.

The views of passing ships alone would be enough to attract people here, but the River Cafe recently won their third Michelin Bib award for the third consecutive year, and there is no doubting the quality of the food on offer.

We were given the choice of a set menu offering affordable posh nosh, and a la carte dishes to dip into as we were seated at one of the window tables.

With only a handful of covers, it makes for a cosy and quaint setting for a meal.

Touches like multicoloured chandeliers are a really winner, and you can’t find a better spot to take in views of the Fish Quay.

Chocolate fudge ice cream and mango sorbet

Chocolate fudge ice cream and mango sorbet

If the setting isn’t enough to attract you, the food certainly will.

You don’t get bogged down with choice here, the menu’s concise but well thought-out, with a healthy range of fish and meat dishes we found more than enough to satisfy our rumbling tums.

The starters range from steamed mussels to fish soup, and each sounds like a culinary delight.

I went for the scallops starter (£7.50), where real care had been paid to keep the flavours true. Scallops are one of my all-time favourites, and they certainly did not disappoint.

Chargrilled rib eye steak, house butter and thrice cooked chips

Chargrilled rib eye steak, house butter and thrice cooked chips

I opted for the pan roast hake for the main course, an excellent choice with deliciously cooked fish presented on a mouth-watering piperade and pesto (£13.50).

My other half tucked into his choice of chargrilled ribeye steak with thrice cooked chips, at £18, with gusto – and has been raving about thrice cooked chips ever since.

We rounded it all off with an indulgent chocolate fudge ice cream and mango sorbet (£3.95), and a sticky toffee pudding with salted caramel,

liquorice and toffee ice cream (£5).

Sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel, liquorice and toffee ice cream

Sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel, liquorice and toffee ice cream

We left feeling satisfied but not overly-stuffed, and we are already planning a return visit.

Pan roast hake, saute potatoes, piperate and pesto

Pan roast hake, saute potatoes, piperate and pesto

Seared scallops starter

Seared scallops starter