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Review: The Gibraltar Rock


Tynemouth, United Kingdom

Meal with a view!

  • By SilverTraveller PamWNorth

    154 reviews

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  • Jul 2014
  • Tynemouth
  • Casual
  • British

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The Gibraltar Rock restaurant is situated in a stunning location above the beach in Tynemouth a pretty seaside village on the North East Coast. It is easily accessible by car, metro or bus links from the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Back in the 1970's when hubby and I first met we often visited The Gibraltar Rock. As we drove into Tynemouth last week we immediately saw it, we decided we couldn't possibly drive past, there were too many memories in there!. We decided to stop for lunch before visiting nearby Tynemouth Castle and Priory.

The Gibraltar Rock is in East Street and there is no parking directly outside it – we parked our car just a short distance away on Front Street where there is disabled blue badge parking bays.

The restaurant is open seven days a week, opening around 11am and remaining open until late evening. We visited mid week and at lunch time.

There is just one step to access from East Street, however, we used the entrance at the side (facing the Castle and Priory) where there is ramped access this led us to the ground floor restaurant.

The building has the Priory Bar upstairs (which also serves meals) – we remembered this bar as much for its magnificent sea views as for its meals and drinks!. Downstairs on the ground floor is the restaurant which covers the entire floor. Here, some tables have views of the street whilst others have views out to sea – we were lucky enough to get a window table with sea views!

I was rather surprised to see the lunch time menu as it seemed such good value for money. We chose the Carvery at 2 meals for just £10. There are options where you can pay a bit more for a starter and a desert but we just wanted one course. There was a choice from three meats or a vegetarian option, plus vegetables and Yorkshire Pudding.

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive because of the low price but I noted the restaurant was very busy in an area where there are plenty of other places to eat so I thought the food must be good!

The food was beautiful, I had pork, hubby had beef. The meat was tender and tasty, the vegetables were nicely cooked – not too hard, not too soft. The Yorkshire Pudding crisp on the outside, softer inside. I could not have found fault with this meal if I had searched for it and thought it was excellent value for money.

The service was brilliant too. We were given a menu quickly and our order was taken soon after. Our Server was friendly and smartly dressed. I was quite impressed at the level of attentive service as the restaurant was so busy.

As for the view, well it was just perfect, not to be missed, we watched boats sail by as we ate our lunch and we recalled memories of our youth! we decided we would visit again, but would not leave a long time lapse before our next visit.

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