Bay and Beer Watch

26th October, 2015 | Article By Lesley Tan

This cute little bay lies between Tynemouth Castle and Priory and Tynemouth Long Sands, therefore it is in Tynemouth!

This is King Edward’s Bay! Yet another tourist attraction for Tynemouth and I never tire of taking photos of it. It is situated deep down a well washed cliff, in fact, it is so well-washed that a storm in the early 1900’s ripped down part of the cliffs, so a very strong support system was erected and is now part of the scenery. It is accessed by a series of steps and a banked roadway for ice-cream vans, garbage trucks, the Life Guards and other vehicles which frequent the bay.

The beach is cleaned regularly and there is now a new fish restaurant which is open in the summer months. Riley’s Fish Shack is on my bucket list as friends have told me that it is very nice.

King Edward’s Bay is a popular destination for holiday makers and for people who use it to exercise and the usual beach walkers. There is a magnificent view of Tynemouth Castle and Priory from most parts of the area and at the top of this bay is The Gibraltar Rock, a nice pub commonly known as The Gib!

The ‘Gib’, 2 East Street, Tynemouth is a very old pub which draws me back time after time. It serves inexpensive delicious snacks and Sunday lunches as well as an array of other dishes. The drinks are reasonably priced and there is a lovely little bar on the upper floor with excellent views of The Priory and King Edward’s Bay. I frequently use The Priory Bar for reunions with old school mates when I go home. We often just drop in for a drink if we are in the area. The staff always make you feel very welcome. This is one of the many old world pubs in Tynemouth and well worth a visit.

So, next time you are in the area, take a lovely walk down to King Edward’s Bay and then have a relaxing drink with fabulous views in The Gib!

Photos by Larry Bedigan and Lesley Tan.

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