I’m a huge fan of both supporting local, independent businesses and brunch. So, imagine my delight when I discovered The Boatyard in Cullercoats – an independent brunch restaurant by Cullercoats Bay! It only took a quick look at their Instagram page to decide that the next time Alex was up from Manchester, we’d be heading there. The only problem was, how could we possibly choose what to have from the menu?! It all looked so good.
I only work along the road from The Boatyard and now that I’ve visited once, I can easily see how my lunch breaks will be spent in future! It seemed to us that it was a popular little place, full of fellow brunch fans, coffee lovers and people stopping off on a dog walk for a cuppa (I think it’s great that dogs are welcome too!) It has a small and friendly vibe to it with a clear emphasis on producing the kind of food that everyone loves to eat.
The brunch options looked extremely tempting and I was almost swayed by the Brunch Bap or Haggis Toastie. However, we both eventually settled for burgers with Alex choosing to be true to the ‘brunch’ side of the restaurant with a PB & J burger. I went for the Boatyard Burger which contained a gorgeous beef patty made from Nicholson’s of Whitley Bay’s beef along with cheddar cheese, bacon, red onion marmalade all in a lovely brioche bun, with fries, truffle mayo and fresh salad on the side. So delicious!
Whilst the burgers had been relatively simple yet hugely satisfying and tasty, there was absolutely nothing simple about the masterpiece we shared for dessert! ‘Freakshakes’ have become a big thing recently – they are a drink and dessert in one and admittedly, highly Instagrammable. ‘The Peanut Butter Pretzel Freakshake, made up of ice cream, whipped cream, salted pretzels and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (mmmm), is sure to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth around. It tasted just as good as it looked!
The Boatyard is in an ideal location, just seconds away from the seafront. If you’re anything like us then you’ll have eaten so much delicious food that you’ll appreciate the walk along the coast afterwards! The restaurant has a cosy, nautical feel to it and I can’t wait to head back on a lunch break soon to try out their new Smores Hot Chocolate and finish reading some of the great Geordie literature the friendly staff at The Boatyard have on display for you to enjoy. Brunching by the sea is definitely something I could make a habit out of and The Boatyard in Cullercoats is just the place for it!
Overall rating: *****
Pro(s): Crowd-pleasing food in a cosy environment. Great location and friendly staff who welcome dogs too!
Con(s): I’m struggling to find any negatives about The Boatyard! I suppose I could say that everything on the menu sounded so delicious that I found it hard to pick what to order!