After a successful job interview on Thursday, I could think of nothing better than treating myself to fish and chips from my favourite seaside chippy, Marshall’s! In- keeping with the seafood theme of my last post, I’ve decided to tell you about why I think Marshall’s represents the best of traditional Tynemouth. Riley’s Fish Shack and Marshall’s are definitely in stark contrast with each other, but one thing they do have in common is that they serve bloody good food. If you’re down by the coast for longer than just the afternoon, I promise you that they’re both worth a visit!
Located on Front Street, Marshall’s is conveniently placed pretty much in between Tynemouth metro station and the seafront, and has been there for as long as I can remember.
The last time I visited the chippy was on a scorching hot Sunday in April and the queue for the takeaway section of the shop stretched quite a way down Front Street. By the time I got to the front of the queue I was so, so hungry but as I sat down on the grass in front of Tynemouth Priory and started eating, I realised that it was worth the wait – Marshall’s fish and chips really are delicious. On Thursday it was a much cloudier day and with the threat of rain on the horizon I decided to sit inside the restaurant which was fairly busy, but the efficient service of the staff there ensured nobody waited long.
When you visit Marshall’s, it’s probably best not to expect lavish surroundings. The interior of the restaurant is simple and can best be described as harking back to the 50s or 60s. For me, the plastic seats and the laminated menus are by the by, because the food served there is exactly what you want from a good old traditional fish and chip shop by the sea.
The fish is flaky and substantial (it’s not mostly batter and air like you get in so many places now), and the chips were fluffy on the inside, crisp on the outside, but not too greasy. With a very reasonably priced children’s menu and a Senior Citizen’s Special (fish and chips, bread and butter and a pot of tea or coffee) for £5.50, I’d say Marshall’s have done a great job of catering for the masses of people craving a traditional seaside experience. There are plenty of places in Tynemouth offering fish and chips, but if you’re looking for somewhere cosy with a bit of character, somewhere with speedy and friendly service, and somewhere that’s served great fish and chips to the people of the North East for many years, head to the Fryery by the Priory!
Overall rating: ***
Pro(s): Very cheery atmosphere with friendly staff, great fish and chips and reasonable prices.
Con(s): Can get very busy, especially on sunny days. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit more stylish to enjoy your fish and chips, this probably isn’t the place for you, but I guarantee you’d be missing out!