Dinky is growing at an incredible rate and I’ve decided to spend more time with her out and about on my non-working days to ‘drink up’ this wonderful toddler phase she’s in. We’re always on the lookout for new places to visit or activities to try so please shout up with ideas. We’d love to hear them. On the rare occasion we get a glimmer of sun you can’t beat a trip to Longsands Beach in Tynemouth. I took her down this week, armed with a bucket & spade and a blanket.
She thoroughly enjoyed having a run around, throwing sand down my dress (cheers, kid!) and running away from the ‘doggies’ she encountered. After an hour or two I began to feel peckish, so decided we should try The View as it was literally on the beachfront. I quickly scrutinised the menu online and saw a couple of viable options. Worse case scenario I’d have a veggie panini.
I managed to coerce her off the sand with the promise of watching an episode of Hey Duggee while she ate raisins and dairy-free yoghurt, her favourite lunchtime snack when she’s not at nursery.
The View is somewhere I’d wanted to try for a while. Other bloggers have raved about the views and the food and I wanted to see whether it was worthy of the hype.
The interior reminds me so much of George’s Great British Kitchen; think beach huts, vintage signs, exposed bricks and what looks like reclaimed wood. I was almost tempted to sit outside but, despite the sun, it was on the chilly side and felt I’d be chasing napkins all over the terrace with the brisk wind. Dinky got scared by a little ankle biter (how we refer to small dogs) and it was settled we were heading indoors.
Straight away I enquired about vegan dishes. This is where labelling in a menu would really help. I was told one of the staff was also vegan so he’d be able to advise on suitability. I had the choice of the panini (as anticipated), a Cheeseless pizza or Vegetable Pasta. It was unlikely the chips would pass the cross contamination test for many as one of the non-vegan items trotted out as we were waiting was Battered Fish and likely to be fried together.
I knew Dinky would partake in some pasta so I promptly ordered once we were sat at one of the premium window seats. What a view! Dinky enjoyed shouting at the seagulls and the dogs as we waited for our lunch. Did I have to wait long? Within a few minutes a piping hot bowl of pasta arrived. I suspect it was a ‘ding meal’, if I’m being honest.
Having seen the £10 price tag I had been hoping for a side to accompany, perhaps garlic bread or a salad. I was actually surprised by this, considering the prices of the sandwiches and how reasonable they seem in comparison. The tomato sauce wasn’t bad, although somewhat spoilt by vegetables that would have benefited from a slow cook.
I was hungry so begrudgingly paid, but this seems like another addition to the ‘Fleeced Vegan’ Chronicles. It’s great they are offering a choice, blah blah blah, but please don’t believe this is motivated by anything other than the coin. I could have had 2 courses for £12 at nearby Evans Bistro. Charging £10 for a bowl of pasta is usually the territory of a chain. As a side note, I find it amusing they serve cupcakes for dogs (The View is dog friendly) but didn’t have one for vegans available.
The View has a captive audience and an impressive vista. If you want a decent selection of dishes that are competitively priced, it probably isn’t for you. Might be worth just popping in for a coffee and eating elsewhere along the coast instead.
Thanks for reading,
*Update* I’ve subsequently discovered that Crusoes – at the opposite end of Longsands Beach – have dairy free milk and vegan cakes on offer. Operated by the same family/company, I don’t know why they can’t serve some of those SFV cakes at The View, too. Maybe I missed out on the day I visited?