The View – Tynemouth Longsands

Two years in the making, The View at Tynemouth Longsands, is now open for business! Owned by the Wilson family, who also own Crusoe’s, The View really lives up to its name… with huge ceiling to floor windows, there are panoramic views of the beach from every seat in the restaurant. The seaside theme is present throughout, with some lovely nautical features, including a row of beach hut booths. There’s an outdoor seating area too, also complete with little beach huts.

The View is open from 8am until 10pm, they serve breakfast/brunch until 12pm and then there are paninis, pizzas, salads, burgers and fish to choose from. The menus were being printed when we visited, so I don’t have a photo of the menu to share with you.

The View, Tynemouth Longsands

There’s a take-away kiosk on ground level, if you fancy grabbing something and taking a walk along the beach. We do this often, at Crusoe’s.

The View, Tynemouth Longsands, Takeaway Kiosk

We arrived at around 12pm and the place was heaving! Who knew it would be busy on a Tuesday afternoon, before the school summer holidays?! There was a huge queue to order food so we found ourselves a table and I popped to the bar to order. The beach hut booths looked so cosy but it felt a bit cheeky to sit in one of those when it was so busy and it was just the two of us. There was a bit of confusion over the pork & leek sausage sandwich (£4.50 – sausages from Sausology) and whether or not I could order it, because breakfast had stopped being served. The sausage sandwiches are listed separately from the breakfast menu and I’d heard another guy just order one so I just asked again and the lady serving me figured it out. We also ordered the haddock and chips (£11). There was a little wait for the food, but one of the staff did come over to apologise and said the kitchen was really busy. I expected a wait, after seeing how packed it was. Plus, it was their first day serving the hungry general public 🙂

When the food arrived, there were a few ‘oohs and ahhs’ from the people around because of how amazing (and massive) the fish & chips looked! The photo doesn’t actually do it justice.

Sausology Pork & Leek Sausage Sandwich, The View Longsands, Tynemouth

Haddock & chips, The View, Tynemouth Longsands
Haddock & Chips

The giant fish & chips came with a small cup of mushy peas and a small jar of tartare sauce and a squeezy sachet of heinz ketchup. I did ask for another sachet of ketchup but it didn’t arrive, so I nicked some from Ankush’s plate. We ended up sharing, so we both had half a sausage sandwich and half fish & chips. The haddock was delicious, as was the crispy batter. The chips were lush, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. I poured loads of vinegar on the chips and a quick sprinkle of salt. I barely touched the mushy peas but they were nice, just mushy enough! I enjoyed the sausage sandwich too. Ankush also liked it but is a bit of a sausage sandwich connoisseur and said he enjoyed it but he’d had better. He loved the haddock and chips, it was definitely the star of the… erm, lunch.

Beach Huts, The View Tynemouth Longsands Beach Huts, The View Tynemouth Longsands

A few more pics of the interior…

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We ordered one of the indulgent looking muffins and a hot chocolate to share, we ended up leaving half of each because we were too full. I’m sure I’ll regret leaving this muffin when I next fancy something sweet.

Hot chocolate with cream and chocolate flake, The View, Tynemouth Longsands Chocolate Muffin with Strawberry, The View, Tynemouth Longsands

On the way out I managed to take a couple more photos as it had quietened down a lot.

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I wanted to take some pics of the outdoor area but it was still quite busy so this was all I could manage.

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The View, Tynemouth Longsands
The view from The View

For their first day, the staff did really well. I didn’t expect it to be so busy on a Tuesday afternoon and neither did they from the sounds of it! Our food was lovely, reasonably priced and  the views from the restaurant made the trip more than worthwhile. We’re big fans of Crusoe’s, usually heading to the takeaway kiosk before walking along the beach, but I can see us popping to The View a lot, probably for coffee and cake more than food. We drive to the coast a few times per month, it’s our favourite place to go on a Sunday afternoon, so we’ll be back to sample more of the The View’s delights really soon.

Let me know what you think if/when you visit 🙂 I can really recommend their muffins!

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Wow looks great! We go to the beach every weekend and have watch this being built. It’s been a long time coming and we can’t wait to try it! Great review !

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    1. Thanks Emma! Hope you love it when you visit 🙂

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  2. This looks EPIC! I need to visit here before it gets too busy in the summer hols x

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    1. I couldn’t believe the crowds today Samantha! It was so busy! The kids will love it 🙂 I did spot they had a kids menu but I didn’t read it properly because it was behind the bar printed on boards. X

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  3. newgirlintoon says:

    Definitely adding this place to the list immediately, those little booths are gorgeous (and I need those fish and chips!)

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    1. The beach hut booths are gorgeous for sure, but honestly every seat in the house has a great view of the sea! Make sure you’re hungry when you go 🙂

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  4. I’m sure this place will be a huge success. Tynemouth just gets better and better! I can’t wait to visit and sample those fish and chips x

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    1. If the crowds from yesterday are anything to go by it’s going to be super popular! Hope you enjoy the fish & chips 🙂 x

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  5. Cat hooper says:

    The beach hut seats are adorable! Great review 🍦

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    1. Thank you, Cat! The beach huts are so cute aren’t they?!

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  6. These huts are so cute! Tynemouth definitely needs more beachfront places, perfect for a meal after a walk with the dog 🙂

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    1. The beach huts are lovely! I’m sure I saw a dog inside too 🙂

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  7. Violet says:

    I know this is on Tynemouth Longsands but judging by photos the actual cafe looks as though it is on the Cullercoats side of the border?

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    1. It’s literally just over the Tynemouth side!

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  8. Jules Chintillier-Smith says:

    I’ve been here today and totally disagree! The muffin was dry, stale and awful. We left ours..were offered another but why would we? Should have been offered a refund. This place is nicely decorated but outside is ugly. Really spoils this end of the beach for those of us who actually want to spend time on it and not be ripped off. Crusoe’s was bad enough. It really isn’t fair that now they are monopolising the whole of Longsands. Rubbish for wheelchair users and they don’t allow dogs inside…on the end of the beach that dog owners are allowed on all year round.

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    1. Ah what a shame, Jules. I’m sorry to hear you’ve not had an enjoyable experience. I was sure I spotted a dog inside on opening day, maybe one sneaked in! I assumed they were allowed in based on seeing that little fella wandering around.

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  9. Stuart ging says:

    I have visited 3 since it opening(thurs, sat and mon) – the prices seem a little steep on some things (panini £7) but that I could handle cause of the location and the quality of the place itself! BUT I seriously think what seems to may have been a rushed opening due to any delays experienced vs original plans – is going to have detrimental consequences – as the organisation, operational planning and service is absolutely abysmal. Long waits, simple orders wrong ( not isolated to just my orders), no organisation re: cueing, who’s servicing who, who to ask for assistance on the floor etc. I’m conscious it’s has been the opening week, and prone to teething problems. Exposure to the leisure industry during my working life maybe makes me look at things a little different – but I haven’t commented those things on here – I believe the points I mention are the fundamental basics for a restaurant/cafe let alone from such a potential prestigious offering!

    On a positive – lemon muffins- lovely!

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  10. Tony says:

    I have visited on 3 occasions, they were all a shambles, very disorganized, we waited over 40 minuets for our meals and when they arrived one was cold and two were not our order. The menus is on the wall behind the counter, so you have to stand there and look at order, then go back to your table so that the rest of your party can go and look at it, why not have menue’s on the tables so that you can take your time ordering without feeling like you are holding others up. Apparently you have to order your meal and drinks separatly! so you have to wait 20 minuets to order food then wait to order drinks. On the last occasion I was there with friends as they wanted to go ( not my choice) we all had food and were chatting and drinking our coffee, I guessed it was the owners wife, came up to our table and asked ( very abruptly) when we were leaving! I found this highly insulting and ignorant, so we got up and left , needless to say we will not be returning. Very disappoiI have visited on 3 occasions, they were all a shambles, very disorganized, we waited over 40 minuets for our meals and when they arrived one was cold and two were not our order. The menus is on the wall behind the counter, so you have to stand there and look at order then go back to your table so that the rest of your party can go and look at it, why not have men use on the tables so that you can taken your time ordering without feeling like you are holding others up. Apparently there is a separate quea’s for ordering food and drink, so you have to wait 20 minuets to order food then wait to order drinks. On the last occasion I was there With friends as they wanted to go ( not my choice) we had all had food and were chatting drinking our coffee and I guessed it was the owners wife, came up to our table and asked when we were leaving! I found this highly insulting and ignorant, we then felt like we had to leave so we got up and left , needless to say we will not be returning. Very disappointed. These people are also going to be taking over the coffee shop at St Mary’s lighthouse, after the people there have done a good job for years, they should concentrate on getting Cruso’s and the View right instead of monopolising the coast line.

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  11. David Scott. says:

    £11 for that fish and chips? It looks quite poor for what you can get for a 5 minute car journey to North Shields fish quay. £4 for a sausage sarnie?

    This will be a magnet for the pretentious arsehole brigade.

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