*AD – gifted three-course complimentary meal for two at 1910 Restaurant in return for a blog review of our experience.
“We’re going out to dinner tonight at a restaurant by the coast. Any guesses where it could be?” was the question I posted on my Instagram Stories earlier that day. A flurry of answers came in, all guessing either Colman’s Seafood Temple in South Shields or Riley’s Fish Shack in Tynemouth. Both great coastal dining venues. Both were incorrect.
In fact, we were making our way over to 1910 Restaurant Steak & Seafood, a fine dining restaurant found on the 1st floor of Spanish City in Whitley Bay, to try their Early Evening set menu which is available on Friday and Saturday between 5pm and 7pm.
With two courses for £26 or three courses for £30, I was impressed already with the great value the Early Evening menu seemed to offer, and was looking forward to our dinner date as it was going to be the first time I had dined at Spanish City (I know, I know!).
On arrival, we made our way through The Champagne Bar (which was gorgeous by the way, I definitely want to come back here sometime and relax in a window seat) to the entrance of 1910 Restaurant.
The restaurant is beautiful, with floor-to-ceiling windows that sweep across the whole length of the restaurant, letting in a lot of natural light and showcasing panoramic views of the sea and St Mary’s Lighthouse. I was stunned by its enviable location, what a hidden gem!
We were seated right by the window, giving us ample opportunities to enjoy the view, as we looked over the Early Evening set menu.
Usually, when dining from a set menu, I find that the choices can be limited, but it was a pleasant surprise to see a well-thought-out menu that offered a wide range of interesting dishes for starters, mains and desserts — and that didn’t charge a surplus for the more pricier dishes.
We were treated to warm bread rolls served with butter and whipped beef dripping as an appetiser, before our starters of Pea Velouté with feta, rapeseed oil and mint; and the Crispy Pork Belly with spring onion, sesame seeds and chilli were brought out.
The Pea Velouté was fresh and full of flavour with nice, tangy kicks from the feta. The Crispy Pork Belly was, as the name suggests, delightfully crispy on the exterior with a melt-in-the-mouth tender flesh. Perfect portion sizes and beautifully presented.
We sipped on our mocktails (Tale of the Tropics for me, and Blueberry Mojito for my dining partner), and people watched from our elevated height. We saw a bride and groom having their wedding pictures taken below, and our waiter remarked that they were having their reception in one of Spanish City’s event suites.
We had to go for seafood for our mains, especially when at the coast. I chose the Smoked Haddock Fishcake with creamed leeks and caviar that was topped with a poached Northumbrian egg, and my dining partner chose the Sea Bream on a bed of peas, pancetta and fish cream. We also ordered a side of hand-cut chips to share, but this was definitely greedy and not needed!
The portions were generous and the dishes were cooked beautifully with plenty of favour and lots of flavour elements going on to keep each bite fresh and different. I loved the richness of the egg yolk from my poached egg running into the fish cake. Our plates were nearly licked clean!
Time to kick in the dessert stomach. All of the dessert options were so tempting but in the end we went for the Praline & Milk Chocolate Truffle that came with a scoop of chocolate ice cream on the side, and a Classic Crème Brûlée that was served with two warm honey and lemon madeleines.
I loved the Spanish City chocolate shards on top of my chocolate truffle, they were such a lovely touch and it was a delicious and indulgent end to the meal. The Crème Brûlée was light and perfectly set, and the warm madeleines were an unexpected delight!
After our meal, it was hard to tear ourselves away from our seats. It was so easy to just keep sipping our drinks while chatting and people watching. But in the end, the reminder that we had a babysitter waiting for us to get back home helped us start to make a move, although begrudgingly.
If you’re looking for a room with a view that offers classic fine dining in an enviable location then I think you’ve found it in 1910 Restaurant.