Riley’s Fish Shack Tynemouth Review

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

“Riley’s Fish Shack was born from our love of fresh, honest, healthy seafood from which there seemed a real shortage of in our hometown of Tynemouth. There’s so much seafood caught here, much of which people don’t know is available or which of it truly is local.”
- Adam & Lucy Riley, founders and co-owners/ husband and wife.

Riley’s Fish Shack is located at the bottom of King Edwards Bay in Tynemouth. The restaurant is made up of two old shipping containers that have been refurbished creating a rustic shabby chic effect. Even though they’re out of sight down at the beach, the place is no longer a secret due its appearance on Hidden Restaurants with Michel Roux Jr on Channel 4. Catch up on the episode here.

Don’t go if you’re in a rush, there’s nothing fast about this place and that’s exactly the way it should be. We faced a 90 minute queue clutching onto the hopes that we would soon be eating ‘one of the best meals’ we’ve ever had. And WOW did Riley’s deliver…

This is food that is more than worth the wait.

We were lucky enough to go on a gorgeous Monday at the beginning of April so queuing didn’t even feel like a chore. We were also served drinks whilst we waited and enjoyed the relaxing jazz music coming from the shack as we looked out on the stunning views of the cove and the waves lapping up on onto the beach.

We got chatting to a couple behind us in the queue who had traveled from York for the day especially! The smell of wood roasted fish and garlic potatoes that wafts up your nostrils whilst you wait is enough to drive you crazy.

Next time we will be sure to check the popular times and visit duration via googles new feature to plan our visit and avoid the queues, as just after we were served the queue had decreased dramatically. Just type in 'Riley's fish shack' in your web browser to see this feature on the right hand side.

They have a short menu which changes throughout the day based on availability. We were 4 away from being served and ‘cod’ was crossed off the menu.  This didn’t bother me too much as I was desperate to order the Monk fish after the raving reviews I had heard.

They can expect up to 500 visitors on a Saturday night and I wouldn’t be surprised if they beat that record soon with the warm summer’s nights now settling in.

There is basic seating inside and bar style seating overlooking the beach. They also have plenty of branded deck chairs on the sand that you can relax in.

The food is served in brown craft style boxes with wooden cutlery. We ordered the monk fish (they still had some left, yay) which was cooked to perfection and served with garlic and rosemary potatoes, rustic homemade flat bread and a fresh salad. WOW... just WOW.

After watching Adam cooking the chilli fish empanadas in the huge open fire oven we just had to get these too! Three huge puffed up, stuffed up empanadas were placed like dominoes in the box and smothered with a decent helping of salsa verde and aioli.

After working up an appetite in the queue (and a few wines and pale ales later) our eyes seemed to be bigger than our bellies as we ordered an extra side of those gorgeous, crispy, fluffy garlicky spuds as well.

The scran is 10/10, I can't recommend it enough. Even with the crazy amount of new restaurants popping up all over Tyne and Wear this has to be one of the best meals I’ve eaten in a long time. I’d rather spend £50 here for the whole experience than anywhere else.

Riley’s is 100% worth the hype. Get yourself down to King Eddie’s Bay for fresh ingredients, friendly staff, a laid back atmosphere and amazing food in an outstanding location. We are truly lucky to have such a treat right on our doorstep.

They’re open all year round and I'm already looking forward to visiting again in the colder months.

Have you been to any ‘hidden restaurants’ in your area?

Twitter: @rileysfishshack
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Love Luce x


  1. Rileys has been on my Foodie List for ages! We finally made it there last Summer but it was shut (this is the kind of thing that happens to us frequently!) so I'm still yet to get there! One day!

    1. I've heard a lot of similar stories to this! It's shut on a Tuesday which catches a lot of people out! Also the queue does take forever so as long as you have the time its definitely worth the wait x

  2. This sounds like a great place in a greta location! I don't know if i'd be into a 90 minute wait because I am so impatient! Thanks fro sharing!

  3. I'm not a fan of seafood, but restaurant and location is beautiful. Glad it was worth the wait!


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