You know the kind of food mood you sometimes get where only the most carb-laden British meal will do? That was me on Friday. I was in the mood for fish and chips and nothing else would have sufficed and if there was a place where I would definitely get some good old British grub, it would be a pub. Enter the Monkseaton Arms, Whitley Bay.
Location of Monkseaton Arm, Whitley Bay
Having served members of its community for 49 years (check out this photo), the Monkseaton Arms shows no signs of slowing down as customers flock to the public house for a chance to catch up with fellow locals, have a drink and a meal.
The Pub is located on Front Street and a short walk away from Monkseaton Metro Station. It is also just under 20 minutes by car from Newcastle City centre. If you’ve spent the day out and about on the beach in Whitley Bay and find yourself a bit peckish then a short 15-minute walk is all that’s standing between your rumbly tummy and some food, glorious food.
There’s plenty of choice on the menu and the prices are reasonable if you’re not looking to spend too much. The pub also has deals on meals like two meals for £10 and a ‘Golden Years’ menu for the older generation that has a smaller appetite. Terms and conditions do apply for the latter so either check their website or contact them to find out more.
Two of us had a large glass of Pepsi each which was great because most places tend to skimp on the drink so that you have to buy several to go with your meal. I don’t drink much by way of soft drinks but for my sons who guzzle soft drinks like it’s mana from heaven, this was a great saver. The little one ended up having a fruit-shoot and daddy a San Miguel pint.
Now we’re getting down to business! I always have a starter when out for a meal and this time it was no different. I went for the chicken wings in buffalo sauce. The wings come in different glazes and I went for the Bourbon glaze.
Daddy went for the loaded garlic bread and that one was a real winner for me. It was BBQ pulled pork on top of garlic bread and mozzarella cheese on top. What’s not to like? Luckily the plate comes three garlic bread slices so i could have a whole one and not feel guilty about it. To be fair though, I shared my chicken wings with him!
Sonny Jim, my only teen son that was free to come, opted for the Southern-fried chicken pieces which sadly there weren’t many of. There were only three pieces but I did manage to have a bite and thus gave the taste a thumbs-up. Overall, the starters were a hit.
For my mains, I went for the only thing that had been on my mind the day; Fish and chips. I had a nice large portion of Haddock accompanied by chips and mushy peas. Yo0u had the choice of garden peas but I prefer the true classic. The batter was lovely and crispy prior to being drowned in salt and vinegar.
We were also served a Southern Chicken burger and quite enjoyed it. I had a bite of the burger and the chicken was moist, tender and flavoursome. The burger was paired with curly fries, which the little one helped to polish off.
The little one’s meal was the same as an adult’s portion of fish and chips but a kid’s version of fish fingers, chips and garden peas from the kids menu. The portion was just enough for her and although I didn’t taste hers, she finished most of it off so that was a good sign.
Last but not least came the sizzling fajita. The dish came exactly like its name; sizzling in an extremely hot plate was a 50z steak sliced and on a bed of onions and peppers. Accompanying it were tortillas, a bit of cheese, guacamole and jalapeños. He’s had this dish before at a different pub and must have liked it so much that he’s ordered it again.
We didn’t order dessert this time around not because we didn’t want to but because our stomachs didn’t let us. We’d eaten so much that we couldn’t face another mouthful of anything.
I would definitely go again because let’s be honest, eating out with kids is expensive and places like The Monkseaton Arms provide good quality food at cheap prices thus allowing a family to have a meal out.
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