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Marsden Grotto Re-Opens

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The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Entrance

The Marsden Grotto is a pub, restaurant and popular wedding venue just down the coast from us in Marsden, South Tyneside.

The Marsden Grotto re-opens this Wednesday 12th April 2017 at 10am and they begin serving food from 12 noon.

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Exterior

If you are planning a visit their new menus are as follows…

Lunch Menu

Sandwiches – all served with homemade coleslaw and salad garnish (add chips £2.00)
Seaside sandwich (egg, tomato and cracked black pepper) in white or brown sliced bread
Fresh local crab mayonnaise on sliced white or brown bread
Posh fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce in a crispy baguette
“Grotto” club sandwich, Chicken and pancetta mayo with iceberg lettuce in a crispy baguette
Tuna and mozzarella melt in a crispy baguette

Light Bites
A trio of Lindisfarne oysters with lemon wedges
Mug of seafood chowder with crusty baguette
Tempura king prawns with homemade sweet chilli sauce
Smoked mackerel pate, toasted sourdough and pea shoots
Garlic mussels cooked in their own pot, great for sharing
Bucket of whitebait with garlic aioli
Bowl of crispy potato peelings with garlic mayonnaise
Spiced haggis croquettes with saffron aioli

Something bigger
Half a lobster and twice cooked chips with garlic butter and salad
6oz rump steak, twice cooked chips, coleslaw and salad
Our chefs own recipe steak mince and haggis burger in a toasted brioche bun with tomato, sliced red onion and lettuce and served with twice cooked chips and coleslaw
“Grotto” paella, king prawns, mussels, chorizo and saffron rice
Flatbread seafood wrap with garlic butter, prawns, crab, parmesan and twice cooked chips
Battered cod and twice cooked chips, minted mushy peas, tartare sauce and charred lemon
Mushroom and tarragon tagliatelle

Evening Menu served from 6pm until 9pm

To Start
Smoked mackerel pate with toasted sourdough bread and garnished with pea shoots
Tempura battered king prawns with a homemade sweet chilli dip
A trio of Lindisfarne oysters and lemon wedges
Marsden garlic mussels served in their own pot with warm crusty baguette
Our own seafood chowder served with warm crusty baguette
From “The Cave” wild mushrooms on toasted sourdough with garlic, parsley and melted mozzarella

From the Sea
Pan-fried hake supreme sitting on a mussel and saffron broth
Seabass fillets resting on sautéed new potatoes, sweet peppers, red onions and chorizo finished with a white wine and lemon dressing
“The Grotto” paella, king prawns, mussels, chorizo and saffron rice
Crab tagliatelle, prawns, mussels, lemon, chilli, garlic and parsley
Battered cod and twice cooked chips with minted mushy peas and tartare sauce

From the land
“Jack the Blasters Surf and Turf”
12oz rump steak cooked to your liking with tomato, mushroom and twice cooked chips, topped with half a lobster and garlic butter
Chefs own recipe steak and haggis burger in a toasted brioche bun with sliced red onion, tomato, and lettuce and served with coleslaw and twice cooked chips
Mushroom and tarragon tagliatelle finished with Parmesan and rocket (Vegetarian)
Goat’s cheese and red onion marmalade frittata with a fresh green salad(Vegetarian)

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Can Can Bar On Ocean Road

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Can Can Bar 68 Ocean Road South Shields NE33 2JD First Birthday Flyer

If you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation next weekend and looking for evening entertainment then you may like to visit Can Can caberet, karaoke and showbar who are celebrating their first birthday.

Can Can Bar can be found at 68 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JD.

If you are staying with us this Friday night then you may be interested in their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Can Can Bar 68 Ocean Road South Shields NE33 2JD St Patricks Day Flyer

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The Marsden Grotto

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If you are staying with us this Halloween weekend then you might want to visit one of the many haunted places in North East England, we’re often asked by guests who stay with us over Halloween for suggestions of places to go so we have made a series of blog posts with all the haunted venues in the North East region that you might like to visit…

Haunted Places In North East England – Marsden Grotto

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Exterior

The Marsden Grotto, known locally as just the Grotto is the closest haunted location to our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields. It can be found less then ten minutes drive from us in Marsden on the Coast Road heading towards Whitburn, NE34 7BS.

The Grotto is a public house and restaurant. It is one of the very few ‘cave bars’ in Europe, it is partly dug into the limestone cliff face. Access is via a lift or a zig zag staircase on the cliff at the side of the building. The Grotto has a long history dating back to 1782 with a reputation for smuggling activities. There are several tales of hauntings at The Grotto, mainly relating to a smuggler named John the Jibber who was reputedly murdered by his fellow criminals after selling information to HM Customs. It is said that he was hung in a barrel in a cave close to the present lift shaft and left to starve. A popular story is that a former landlord of the pub would leave out a special tankard of ale each night after closing and in the morning it would be empty. Local DJ and TV presenter Alan Robson drank from the tankard during one of his live Metro Radio shows, allegedly sparking off a series of supernatural phenomena that eventually forced the then landlord to quit. This included flying ashtrays smashing against the wall and flooding in the cellar after all the beer taps were inexplicably turned on. You can read more about The Marsden Grotto here.

You can see a short British Pathé video filmed inside The Marsden Grotto here…

Several local paranormal investigation teams have held vigils at The Grotto and continue to do so, you can visit their websites here (links open in a new window) if you’d like to take part in a group ghost hunt to the pub…

Haunted Rooms
Ghost North East
Ghost Team
Spirit Seekers

If you are visiting the pub you can see their bar menu here…

The Marsden Grotto South Shields NE34 7BS Bar Menu

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Free Drink At The New Crown Pub

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If you are looking for somewhere nearby to have a drink and a meal whilst staying with us then the New Crown pub on Mowbray Road, South Shields, NE33 3NG is approximately 15 minutes walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields.

The New Crown Pub Mowbray Road South Shields NE33 3RG

You can even get a voucher for a free drink if you sign up to their email mailing list here: Free Drink At The New Crown Pub, Mowbray Road, South Shields, NE33 3NG. Enter the New Crown’s postcode NE33 3NG and pick the New Crown from the list of nearby pubs to receive the email voucher.

The voucher is valid for six months after your sign up and entities you to one free drink at the New Crown pub in South Shields either a pint of cask ale (excluding Guinness), a pint of Fosters, a 175ml glass of house win, a bottle of J20 or a 14oz glass of Pepsi or lemonade. You need to sign up before hand and present the voucher code to the barmaid when you order your drink(s).

The New Crown pub is about 200 yards from Sandhaven beach in South Shields and they host a general knowledge quiz night every Sunday night at 9pm; a sports quiz at 9pm every Tuesday and a poker night at 7.30pm every Thursday. On Wednesday nights they have a curry and a drink offer for £5.95. They serve food until 9pm seven days a week.

More information about the pub can be found on their homepage: The New Crown Pub, Mowbray Road, South Shields, NE33 3NG.

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Food Offer At The Alexandra In Sunderland

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The Alexandra Public House on Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, SR2 9PF has a special offer on at the moment…

Two-Course Pizza or Pasta Meal With Wine or Beer For Two or Four from £11 at The Alexandra (Up to 56% Off).

The Alexandra in Sunderland

Highlights… Restaurant serving pizzas, pastas and grilled dishes; Wearside location; two-course meal for two or four; starters include creamy garlic mushrooms, and smoked mackerel bruschetta; main courses include Florentine pizza, penne alla pollo, and risotto contadina; bottle of beer or small glass of house wine for each person.

Promising marvellous nights of delicious food and drink, The Alexandra tantalises Sunderland’s Wearside area with mouth-watering pizzas, creamy pastas and rich wines, in addition to a menu of exciting events and family-friendly dining. Two or four peckish patrons can begin with a starter, such as the smoked mackerel bruschetta with balsamic syrup (£3.95), or the crispy potato skins with garlic dip and salad garnish (£3.50). Moving on to the mains, diners can pick a pizza, pasta or risotto, with options like the chicken Kiev pizza, topped with chicken, ham, mushrooms and garlic; the penne steak arrabbiata, a twist on the traditional spicy dish with pan-fried steak strips; and the risotto vegetable, prepared with mixed seasonal vegetables, white wine and Napoli sauce, and pecorino cheese (all £5.95). To top it all off, guests can indulge in a glass of wine or bottle of beer each (both £2.50).

Choose from the following options for a two-course pizza or pasta meal with wine or beer: £11 for two people (Up to 56% off) or £22 for four people (Up to 56% off). Redeem this offer here: The Alexandra, Queen Alexandra Road, Sunderland, SR2 9PF.

You can see their current menu here…

Starters and Light Bites
Homemade soup of the day, served with ciabatta bread £1.95
Crispy potato skins, served with garlic dip and salad garnish £3.50
Chefs homemade parfait, served with redcurrant jelly and toasted ciabatta bread £3.50
Smoked mackerel brucshetta, served with a balsamic syrup £3.95
Creamy garlic mushrooms, served on toasted ciabatta bread and salad garnish £3.50

Pizza & pasta, home made and baked in their own pizza oven
Chicken kiev pizza, chicken, ham, mushrooms and garlic £5.95
The Alex meat feast pizza, ham, pepperoni, bolognaise, spicy pork £5.95
The Alex hot and spicy pizza, red and green chillis, ground beef, jalapenos and chicken topped BBQ sauce £5.05
Florentine pizza (Vegetarian), onions, green peppers, sweetcorn and mushrooms £5.95
Penne carbonara, pancetta cooked in a creamy parmesan sauce £5.95
Homemade lasagne, served with garlic bread £5.95
Penne steak arrabiatta, pan fried strips of steak in a spicy napoli sauce £5.95

Mains, from the grill. With home made chips, peas and salad
Rib eye steak, served with chips, onion rings, tomatoes and garnish please add £1.50 for sauce £10.95
Cumbrland sausage and mash, Cumberland ring served with mash, peas and onion gravy £6.95
Chicken a la crème, chicken served with crème sauce vegetables of the day and chips £7.95

Risotto, made with passion, big enough to share!
Risotto contadina, chicken, peas, onions and basil with white wine and cream finished with pecorino cheese £5.95
Risotto vegetable, mixed seasonal vegetables with white wine and napoli sauce finished with pecorino cheese £5.95

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