After hearing so much about Tynemouth night life, myself and my boyfriend were dying to have a night out through there. Living in Sunderland we considered how much a taxi would cost us so decided to just book a night away since it would be the same price if not cheaper and would give us the feel like we’d actually been away… it’s the little things isn’t it! So we booked The Grand Hotel right on the beach front, which was built in 1872 as a home for the Duchess of Northumberland, and situated on a cliff top showcasing some of the most stunning views of natural coastline in the country. We arrived around 4pm and ended up with fantastic room overlooking the sea in the Laurel House which is a separate guest house to the hotel itself. The room was huge, actual scenes though (shame about the weather bit it was still beautiful)….
After we’d made ourselves at home, we got all glammed up and went to Buddha Lounge which is a popular Asian fusion restaurant which also serves Tapas located on Tynemouth Front Street, it had been recommended to be by a friend so we were very excited! The lounge itself is stunning, the layout and interior of the place is just spectacular and the atmosphere is buzzing yet very chilled. It’s quite dark but really sets the tone for the evening and is lit up with the most amazing trees which really highlights the place presenting the Asian theme all around. I ordered a berry cocktail which was delicious and Instagram worthy plus it didn’t make me wince because it was too sweet or pure alcohol so it went down nicely, my boyfriend ordered a beer and then we finally relaxed.
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When it came to ordering I was fine with the menu, they had a huge selection meaning I wanted everything but finally decided on the chicken chow mein however my boyfriend on the other hand is the world’s most pickiest person when it comes to food, he’s very plain and is scared to try anything *Sorry Jorden but it’s true!* So the lovely waitress serving us suggested she could ask the chef to make him some battered chicken balls alongside some curry, fried rice and chips… he was sold! I thought this was really nice of her, she didn’t have too so this showed us great customer care.
The food was divine, there’s nothing more I hate then sloppy chow mein but this certainly wasn’t, it was just the right texture wet but not dripping in the sauce. There was so much chicken and veg in there, especially big chunks of chicken and the vegetables gave it the right amount of crunch and taste. My boyfriend’s meal was super flavoursome too, his curry was something else it had a tang of coconut yet it wasn’t sickly like I find with coconut based products. All in all, a superb meal with fantastic service from the staff.
We then had a few more drinks at the cocktail bars in the surrounding area. Tynemouth really is all what it was made out to be and better, the whole atmosphere about the place is very relaxed and not ‘club scene’ like Newcastle. I really enjoyed it.
After, we went back to our hotel and crashed. The next morning the weather was still no better but there is something about the wind and the sea, it just makes it a little bit more scenic I suppose. We went to the hotel main building for breakfast where there was continental breakfast available plus a cooked breakfast which was just what we needed after a night of drinking but I must mention it wasn’t greasy and it was stodgy it was a ‘posh English Breakfast’ I’d say. We then had a few hours to just relax in our room then check out was at 11am (we’re early risers ha!).
Summing up the experience as a whole, Tynemouth I am sold. Have you been before?