In the former Lui’s Wine Bar, Coast Kitchen and Bar has recently opened its doors at this prominent Front Street location of Tynemouth. With a departure from its former pink interior, Coast has been stylishly kitted out and is already drawing in the crowds.
The focus is very much on high quality, healthy food. Local and seasonal are important here too, and chef Rob Arnold (formerly of Jesmond Dene House, Irvins and Rockcliffe Hall) has created a menu that also provides alternatives for those of us with specific dietary requirements.
Seeing a vegan main and dessert listed on the specials ‘board’ I felt confident I was in for a treat. I took along two non-vegan friends to gauge the spectrum of what Coast has to offer its diners.
It was good to see that menu was marked with dishes that could be veganised, which is something I struggle with. This most certainly takes the hard work out of dining out and makes vegetarians and vegans feel confident that the eatery understands our requirements. John, the co-owner, explained he felt it was important to do this as he has a family member who is vegan too.
Coast is child-friendly with a baby change and high chairs available. The pavement seating area has remained, so those with pooches can still enjoy a coffee or food with their furry friends.
My friend ordered Rarebit (£5) and Hummus (£3.50), which came with a generous wedge of bread. It was as I photographed the food I became aware of the meat – a pork jowel – nestled under the melted cheese of her toast. She was fully of praise for her lunch, especially the Nougat Parfait (£5) she had for dessert.
My main of Vegan Shepherds Pie was spot on. The earthy lentils were balanced by sweet tomatoes and onions, while the creamy mash made it a comforting dish.
I couldn’t pass up on a dessert that wasn’t sorbet, so ordered their Warm Apple Jelly and Rhubarb Compote. I could have probably eaten more of the granola, but that was a minor grumble.This is where the veggies have to look away! H ordered a Coast Plate (£14), which came with a selection of cured meats and fried pork jowel. They are sourcing meat from Crane Row Farm, which is based in Bishop Auckland. She still had room for pud afterwards and decided upon the Yoghurt Panna Cotta, which came served with an Apple Flapjack.
Prices range from £1.50 per person for the popcorn to £14 for the Coast Meat Plate H enjoyed. The ethos of Coast Kitchen is be able to enjoy dining out with family or friends in a relaxing bistro-style environment and enjoy good food, while still being mindful of healthy eating. Using fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients that don’t contain any nasty surprises or additives they are definitely ticking all the right boxes for those conscious about what they eat. We were all very happy with the food served at Coast Kitchen and felt the welcome was warm, especially with Dinky. We’ll definitely return, and it’s great to see more options for us in an area that is usually quite limited for vegans.
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