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South Tyneside Guide – Eating Out

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Ocean Road South Tyneside Visitor Guide 2017

Eat The World

Whether you’re after fish and chips on the coast or Great British classics from one of the many brilliant pubs in pretty towns and villages dotted through the landscape, South Tyneside has a globetrotting foodie pedigree.

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Everyone knows that South Tyneside is as stuffed with great food as a particularly generously-proportioned raviolo (the restaurant-lined Ocean Road being perhaps the best-known example), but it’s easy to stop at just the fish and seafood which is hauled out of the North Sea every day, and not see the full depth and breadth of the international flavours on offer here.

Take, for instance, Radhuni, an Indian restaurant on Ocean Road where Head Chef Sharif Ahmed’s command of flavours from across the subcontinent mingles with fantastic local seafood to make a really unique take on classic Indian plates – see the monkfish papeda, cooked slowly in methi, tomato, onions and spices, for proof. Still got a hankering for some spice? Zeera, on Ocean Road, won the North East Restaurant of the Year at the English Curry Awards last year, and Spice Garden and Asha Balti House are both worthy additions to South Shields’ spice stable too.

You want ice cream? Try Minchella’s, who’ve got many years of experience in the art of frozen deliciousness, or visit the younger pretenders to their throne at Creme De La Creme. In this war of deliciousness, the winner, surely, must be the ice cream connoisseur.

Down on the seafront, there’s even more to explore: take afternoon tea at The Boardwalk Restaurant in the Little Haven Hotel, grab some beachside drinks and some chilli mussels at The Sand Dancer Beach Bar and Crab Shack Kitchen, and find quirky treats at Mac ‘n’ Alli’s. Lime and courgette cake, anyone?

Minchella’s have more than a century of experience

For a little twist of heritage with your food, head to Marsden Grotto, built into the cliffs in Marsden Bay, which specialises in tapas and cocktails and has an ace beachfront terrace, or to The Rattler, a repurposed intensely funky 19th century railway carriage which overlooks the beach. Harbour Lights pub, too, is a great place to drop in for classically-inclined food as well as a couple of drinks.

Or how about some healthy veggie and vegan food? Roots Cafe has earned admiring notices since it opened up, being full of bright, fresh flavours and a breezy, friendly atmosphere. Plus, it does the only thing better than a full English breakfast: a full Scottish breakfast, which includes veggie sausages, homemade veggie haggis and potato scones.

One of the most vibrant parts of South Shields is the Mill Dam, which has a range of great restaurants and bars, including The Green Room in The Customs House and The Waterfront, which serves Asian fusion food and boasts an excellent range of cask and craft ales. The Steamboat, The Riverside, The Trimmers Arms and The Alum Ale House are all popular real ale pubs.

It’d be remiss to get all the way through our guide to this part of South Tyneside without – ho ho – going overboard about the fish and seafood at the venerable Colmans on Ocean Road. They celebrate the best of traditional British cooking and North Eastern produce.

It’s going to expand this year, too, with the Colmans Seafood Temple making its eagerly-anticipated entrance on Sea Road right on the beach.

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This village packs in a lot for its size: there’s well-wrought Indian dishes at Lasun, or enjoy the tasty dishes at Hedworth Hall’s Otto Restaurant. Momo’s Mediterranean flavours remain a big draw too, and after you’ve had your fill you should head over to Nine for a glass of one of their many champagnes, or to The Monte Carlo Cocktail and Prosecco Lounge. They, you’ll be unsurprised to note, do cocktails and proseccos, and very good ones at that.

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South Tyneside Guide – The Customs House

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Accustomed To Excellence

The Customs House is the jewel in South Tyneside’s cultural crown: an award-winning hotbed of original writing, home to the South Tyneside Comedy Festival and an unrivalled pantomime.

Jason Cook can remember the first time he set foot in The Customs House, South Shields’ cultural hub. “It was the panto,” he recalls. “The Customs House panto is a tradition harder-forged than Christmas Day itself – you can quote me on that.” The pantomime kindled an admiration of the venue that remains today.

Seating 441 people in its main theatre, 140 in a studio/cinema, and with a gallery, multiple bars, an in-house restaurant, a private dining room and a suite for events, the venue holds a special place in the heart of many in the region.

Open 363 days of the year, The Customs House first opened in November 1994, giving culture in South Tyneside a shot in the arm. Ending a long spell without a theatre or cinema in the area, the Grade II listed building — formerly a customs post, built in the 1860’s to support the commercial shipping industry in the area — has become a jewel in the crown of South Tyneside. “Not only did it provide a new cultural home, it also presented a piece of South Shields heritage which was falling into decline” explains Ray Spencer, The Customs House’s Executive Director.

Among its finest offerings is their pantomime. The Christmastime extravaganza for 2017 will celebrate 150 years of The Lambton Worm folk song, telling the tale of the legend around John Lambton’s battle to vanquish the enormous worm that was terrorising the local villages. Running from 28th November – 6th January and with a cast including Ray, David John Hopper and Cal Halbert, it promises to be hilarious and original.

It’s not just in the grand old tradition of pantomime where The Customs House excels, though. The venue is also a hotbed for new, undiscovered theatre, promoting the most exciting new writers. For example, from 22nd – 26th August End of the Pier, the tale of a couple who perform in music hall theatres, takes over The Customs House.

The theatre also plays host to bigger, bolder performances, be they touring or local productions, including midsummer productions of Cinderella (20th – 22nd July), Beauty & The Beast (26th – 27th July) and The Nutcracker (7th November).

The Customs House stage is a unique place, and it’s well-suited to comedy. “It’s an incredible stage for comedy, the perfect room,” says Jason. “When people laugh, it sounds deafening; it’s bigger than you’re expecting.” As well as Jason’s monthly Comedy Club, featuring acts handpicked from the best up-and-coming acts across the UK. Jason’s bringing the South Tyneside Comedy Festival back to The Customs House for a second year.

The venue is a hotbed for new, undiscovered theatre

“I’ve done 63 comedy festivals across the world, and have taken all the best bits from what 1 think are the best festivals,” he explains. Among the names already announced for the festival, which runs from 1st July – 6th August, are Rory Bremner, Chris Ramsey and Sarah Millican. “I hate comedy festivals when it’s just a boring list of people you’ve never heard of,” says Jason. Few shows cost more than £10, to ensure as broad an audience as possible can enjoy the world-class comedians descending on South Tyneside.

Sitting comedy alongside top theatre, music and cinema is all part of The Customs House’s charm. It’s also why the venue has remained so treasured by both locals and visitors to South Tyneside: a place open throughout the year, offering a variety of events, exhibitions and performances that can make you laugh, make you cry — and make some memories along the way.

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The Customs House What’s On Summer 2017

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If you are visiting our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields this summer you may like to visit The Customs House arts and cultural venue.

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The Customs House’s Summer 2017 What’s On brochure can be found below…

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The Customs House What’s On Spring 2017

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If you are visiting our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields this spring you may like to visit The Customs House arts and cultural venue. The Customs House’s Spring 2017 What’s On brochure can be found below…

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South Tyneside Magic Festival 2017

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South Tyneside Magic Festival 2017

South Tyneside Magic Festival is back this March for it’s 14th year. South Tyneside International Magic Festival starts on 16th March 2017. South Tyneside International Magic Festival events are held at both The Customs House – ten minutes walk from us and at the Best Western Sea Hotel – at the bottom of our street.

The festival opens on Thursday 16th March 2017 with a Family Magic Extravaganza at 6.30pm where a number of children’s entertainers will provide an evening of fun for all the family.

South Tyneside Magic Festival 2017 Family Show

This is followed by two International Gala Shows on Friday 17th March and Saturday 19th March 2017.

All three public shows are held at The Customs House ticket prices start at £8.

The international magic performers appearing in this years festival are…

Mahdi Gilbert – Lecture, Talk, Close Up, Gala Show
He travels the four corners of the Earth sharing his life and his magic with people. Now is your chance to witness the power of Mahdi in this exclusive whirlwind tour through his magic, his story and his life. You will follow a child born without hands as he discovers magic and develops his passion into the most remarkable sleight of hand man this world has ever seen. Through the performance and thorough explanation of several pieces of magic you will learn how to: ‘Trust Yourself’,’ Break the Rules’, ‘Transform your Liabilities into Assets’, ‘Charm and Disarm’, ‘Believe in the Impossible’ and ‘Make Others Believe in the Impossible’.

Adam Wilber – Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
‘Artisan’, ‘Artist’ and ‘Pioneer’ are the traits that have made Adam one of the most sought after figures in his field today. Adam has become the GM of the most successful magic store of all time www.ellusionist.com and has gone on to create products such as PYRO, top selling tricks, decks of playing cards and illusions that are used by fellow magicians all over the world.

Asi Wind – Lecture, Close Up, Gala Show
One of magic’s most influential thinkers and performers, Asi Wind is an inspiration to magicians all over the world as they study and perform his creations. It is very rare that Asi gives lectures and workshop in magic conventions, but when he does he is very generous with his time and knowledge. Wind’s recent off-Broadway show, “Concert of the Mind”, completely sold out, it extended its run and received rave reviews and critical acclaim. He is currently performing his one man show “Do you want to change your mind” in London and New York City.

Rob Zabrecky – Lecture, Gala Show
As seen on ITV’s ‘The Next Great Magician’, Rob Zabrecky invents a magical world through a series of strange and beautiful effects, combined with remarkable timing and theatrical edifice. He has become a prime attraction at the Magic Castle, where he has received multiple award nominations by the Academy of Magical Arts.

UK magic performers appearing in this years festival are…

Amethyst – Gala Show
International illusionists Danny Hunt and Stephanie Clarke. Highly acclaimed as one of the UK’s top magic and illusion acts, Amethyst have established themselves as world-class performers. With their fresh and dynamic approach they lead the way in cruise ship, corporate and private events. Their unique and versatile shows have taken them around the globe, attracting worldwide acclaim and dazzling audiences in many countries. Amethyst are renowned for their range of spectacular and unbelievable shows featuring breath-taking illusions.

Destiny – Gala Show
Leah Mae presents Destiny, a sophisticated magic and illusion act with stunning illusions and classic magic assisted by Sara Jade. These young girls won The Magic Circle’s Young Magicians of the Year (first ever girls!).

Steve Gore
Steve Gore has been a professional magician for over twenty five years. He joined the Bradford magic circle in 1992, Northern magic circle in 1994 and the British ring in 1995. He was the past president of the Northern magic circle in 2009, past president of the Bradford magic circle in 2000 and due to be it again next year. He has won lots of awards over the years including the Northern Magic Circle stage competition where, with Stevie B, won 1st place for the comedy and the originality award.

The highlight of his magical career was in 2014 when he lectured and performed a week of shows in the parlour of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. A magical inventor and creator, he has been lecturing for 6 years at most of the clubs in England and started organising lecture tours for 4-5 years. He has built up a contact list of talented and brilliant magicians and friends over the years and will make STIMF 2017 one to remember… for all the right reasons!

Andrew Green – Gala Show
Andrew Green is one of the leading award-winning close up magicians and grand scale illusionists in the UK today. His breath-taking performances of close up magic and illusion have taken him around the world and have seen him performing for Heads of State in India, CEO’s of large global fashion corporations in Asia and at major media events across the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

He is proud to have been invited to perform at hundreds of exclusive events for companies such as Louis Vuitton and Calvin Klein-Singapore, and for many top celebrities such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Hugh Bonneville, Wayne & Colleen Rooney and at various Hello Magazine and OK Magazine parties.

Simon Hannah – Children’s Show, Lecture
Simon Hannah is one of the most sought-after family and children’s magical entertainers to come out of West Yorkshire. When it comes to professional magical entertainment, Simon comes to you armed with over 25 years’ experience and has performed for some of the UK’s top clients, companies and entertainment establishments such as Royal Household, Ministry of Defence, Butlins, Pontins and Haven.

Mark James
Mark James has worked professionally for over a decade, on land and at sea in over 40 countries worldwide. He’s performed everywhere from The World Famous Magic Castle, Hollywood to The Orient Express. Outside of being a magician he features yearly in pantomime for UK Productions, taking the role of ‘principal comic’ and also provides ‘audience warm up’ for many TV shows such as A Question Of Sport & The Voice!

Last year Mark flew to Ohio to give a lecture for Penguin Magic USA. He’s also performed and lectured at the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool, UK.

Mark’s show is a non-stop laugh riot that will have you on the edge of your seat and giggling like a child.

Michael Murray – Lecture, Gala Show
As with most mentalists, Michael’s original interest was in the art of magic. At the age of 16, he was offered a job at the local magic store “Magicbox” and from that point on spent almost every moment of everyday practising ‘sleight of hand’ techniques and devouring as much material as possible. Mentalism didn’t appeal to him in the early days until he saw Derren Brown on TV in 2000 and began his calling.

The first product he ever produced was titled “Beyond ESP”, which is now in its third printing and has sold almost 15,000 copies. Having attracted the attention of several world class performers, including Max Maven, Richard Osterlind and Banachek, Michael had quickly established himself amongst his peers.

R Paul Wilson – Q&A
R. Paul Wilson returns with his movie ‘Our Magic’ which will be followed with a Q&A with some of the stars of the movie.

He is an actor, an author, director, producer and one of the world’s foremost experts on the art of deception, as well as an award-winning magician, creator and consultant. The former star of BBC’s hit show ‘The Real Hustle’ now works in the film industry but continues to pursue his love of magic and sleight of hand, performing for clients all over the world.

Our bed and breakfast accommodation has been please to host both magic festival performers and magic enthusiasts attending the shows in the past. At the time of writing we still have some availability for the weekend of the South Tyneside International Magic Festival. Our bed and breakfast prices and room availability can be found here: online booking. More room information including photographs can be found on our bedrooms page.

You can read a review from a guest who stayed with us during a previous South Tyneside International Magic Festival here…

South Tyneside Magic Festival Accommodation Review

Best B&B in South Shields. From a very warm & friendly welcome on arrival and each morning at breakfast nothing seems too much to make your stay a good one. The place is immaculately clean and well kept and the beds are wonderfully comfortable. The breakfasts are amongst the best I’ve had anywhere; good in quantity and tasted delicious. They also have a 5 Star hygiene rating for their catering. Facilities available in the dining room if you want to prepare a snack or enjoy a takeaway. No problem parking on street outside. I was driving to and from a convention but the beach front, parks, restaurants of Ocean Rd and the town centre are all within a few minutes walk. I highly recommend Annie’s and just hope it doesn’t mean it will be fully booked when I next want to check in. Don’t let the fact that they don’t know they’re rates are too low dissuade you, this place is a real gem of a find. Room Tip: All of the rooms are good. There are two which have a shared bathroom (private keys); these are great value and the bathroom is impressive – huge roll top bath (with a family of plastic ducks!) and a big corner shower.” title=”South Tyneside International Magic Festival Review – Best B&B in South Shields. From a very warm & friendly welcome on arrival and each morning at breakfast nothing seems too much to make your stay a good one. The place is immaculately clean and well kept and the beds are wonderfully comfortable. The breakfasts are amongst the best I’ve had anywhere; good in quantity and tasted delicious. They also have a 5 Star hygiene rating for their catering. Facilities available in the dining room if you want to prepare a snack or enjoy a takeaway. No problem parking on street outside. I was driving to and from a convention but the beach front, parks, restaurants of Ocean Rd and the town centre are all within a few minutes walk. I highly recommend Annie’s and just hope it doesn’t mean it will be fully booked when I next want to check in. Don’t let the fact that they don’t know they’re rates are too low dissuade you, this place is a real gem of a find.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good. There are two which have a shared bathroom (private keys); these are great value and the bathroom is impressive – huge roll top bath (with a family of plastic ducks!) and a big corner shower.

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