Thursday 26 September 2019

A Guide to the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Spanish City, Whitley Bay

This guide includes past advertisement partnerships with Spanish City 

The new look Spanish City at Whitley Bay has been open for just over a year now and we have now worked our way round every restaurant, cafe and bar in the Dome and being such a big foodie that's something I'm pretty proud of! So for those of you that haven't yet ventured inside the iconic seafront building I thought I would put together a guide to the restaurants, cafes and bars in Spanish City to give you an idea of what you can expect if you decide to dine in the Dome.

A Guide to the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Spanish City, Whitley Bay
In the year since Spanish City has reopened I don't think we've ever been to Whitley Bay without going in for a look, I still haven't got over the beautiful interiors and the eateries really do offer some of the best food at the seaside (little tip for you - it's also a great spot for a convenient and clean loo stop when you're having a day at the coast).

Perfect in every season, we love a refreshing cocktail at the bar on a hot Summer's day, enjoy the comfort food of 1910 in Autumn and love dining under the shadow of the giant Christmas tree during the Festive period.

Guide to the Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Spanish City, Whitley Bay

1910 Steak and Fish Restaurant

The fanciest of all the Spanish City restaurants, 1910 is definitely the most expensive eatery of them all but offers a great location for a special occasion. Whilst we wouldn't be able to afford to eat there regularly it's a good spot for a celebration or if you have guests visiting and you want to show off how incredible dining in the North East is.

Boasting the most beautiful views in Whitley Bay, grabbing yourself the best seat in the house (ask for the table by the window at the far end) you can enjoy the coastline while you dine and if you're very lucky some people have even spotted dolphins from their table.

1910 promises creative seafood and steak dishes created using the best ingredients and truly delivers with mouth watering food, great service and one of the best dining experiences we've ever had in the North East.

Read my full review of 1910 here

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - 1910
 Trenchers Fish and Chips

We love enjoying fish suppers and lunches at Trenchers, so much so we have visited a fair few times over the last year and we've always had a faultless experience and amazing food.

If you're after a quick bite you will find a traditional fish and chip menu from their small takeaway shop at Spanish City which you can either enjoy sitting at their outside seating area (it's a lovely sun trap) or whilst strolling along the seafront. Takeaway food is served in a rather fancy looking Spanish City box making it easy to transport down to the beach for a picnic on the sand.

Personally I recommend booking yourself a table in the main restaurant at Trenchers for a chance to dine under the Dome inside Spanish City. Food includes the traditional seaside treats as well as something a little different and plenty of desserts if you can squeeze one in.

Although the food is really something to write home about, my favourite thing about dining in Trenchers is the live music that you can regularly enjoy with your fish supper. From solo pianists to small brass bands, I've seen it all! 

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - Trenchers

Afternoon Tea under the Dome

You know how seriously I take my afternoon teas and I have been very fortunate to try some of the very best in the North East and the offering at Spanish City easily makes my top 5, it is just as good as any of the fancy hotels in the region. Spanish City is the only place in Whitley Bay that you can have a proper fancy afternoon tea and cake stands at the seaside is my idea of heaven - what a perfect combination!

Served in the Gallery under the Dome, afternoon tea at Spanish City offers one of the most beautiful locations in the region with a great view of the special ceiling and, of course, a prime people watching spot.

Serving a menu that changes every season, Spanish City offer really great themed afternoon teas and their Christmas offering looks particularly impressive. The tiers are packed with delicious treats - savoury lovers will appreciate that there is far more on offer than just the usual sandwiches and those with a sweet tooth will love the generous cakes and perfect scones. 

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - Afternoon Tea

1910 Champagne Bar

Fancy a glass of fizz with some great views? The Champagne Bar at 1910 is a must visit if you're at the seaside and want a relaxing beverage. Move quickly to get yourself one of the prime tables in the windows (weekend afternoons and evenings it does get busy) and enjoy the greatest spot in Whitley Bay. 

Of course the 1910 bar isn't all about champagne and I have enjoyed many a gin and tonic there as well as cocktails and mocktails. If you want a truly relaxing experience without the crowds, it's worth visiting late morning when you can grab yourself a coffee and one of their delicious scones and enjoy those great views first thing. 

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - 1910 Bar

Valerie's Tea Room

The cake counter at Valerie's Tea Room is somewhere I love to visit every time I'm in Whitley Bay - everything always looks so great and if you're wanting to treat yourself I warn you it will take you a time to come to a decision.

Enjoy an afternoon tea, freshly prepared breakfasts, pastries and coffee in the morning or an indulgent cake. Although there is a larger room at the back of the tea room I prefer to grab myself a table at the front by the windows, prime people watching and the dog friendly part of the place makes it the ideal place for dog lovers.

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - Valeries

Split Chimp

The newest addition to Spanish City is the Split Chimp, the most beautiful little micro pub at the front of the building.

Serving real ales on handpulls, keg beers, real ciders, bottled craft beers as well as Prosecco, wine and a small selection of spirts, I recommend getting yourself here as soon as their doors open to bag yourself a seat inside. It's not called a "micro pub" for nothing, the place is very small and does get busy but an early arrival ensures you'll get a seat and if you're lucky enough to visit on a sunny day they have a really lovely outdoor area to enjoy some beers in the sunshine.

Guaranteed a proper friendly welcome, the Split Chimp is one of our favourite places in Whitley Bay to enjoy a bevy or two at the weekend. 

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - Split Chimp

Waffle and Pancake House 

The Waffle and Pancake House at Spanish City is pretty hard to miss, its huge windows offer the irresistible temptation to have a nose through every time I walk past - something I've done on most my visits because I just can't resist having a look at their tasty waffles and pancakes.

The menu is pretty simple and does exactly what it says on the tin. Made up solely of waffles, crepes and ice-cream sundaes - there are seven different creations to choose from or, if none of those take your fancy, there's also the option to "build your own" from the delicious range of toppings - perfect for fussy kids who want to make their own dream waffle or pancake. 

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay - Waffle and Pancake House

We have spent so much time at Spanish City since it opened last Summer that more than one friend has commented "Chloe, do you live in Spanish City?" - whilst I do wish that could be a thing, sadly we don't, we're just there an awful lot and I dread to think how much of our wages we have spent in the Dome. We just can't get enough!

If you are yet to visit Spanish City (and I know there are still a few people left who are yet to experience it) then you really must make a plan to go and enjoy the beautiful space and some of their incredible food.

Guide to Spanish City, Whitley Bay
Find Spanish City at:

Spanish City Plaza
Whitley Bay

0191 691 7090

This post includes past collaborations with Spanish City - a complimentary afternoon tea for two and dinner for two at 1910.  Everything else featured in this post has been paid for 


  1. I still haven't been inside Spanish City since it re-opened, we have walked past it so many times when we are at the beach but we always have the kids and I wasn't sure if it was kid friendly or not. Really need to visit soon as I keep hearing great things about it xx

    1. It's absolutely fine - it's really family friendly so definitely take a stroll through next time, even just to use the loo! It's so beautiful inside!

  2. I love following your adventures, my old haunts have changed so much since I went to uni there and it's lovely to still have a window into life in the north... plus a heap of tips for where to go when I pop back to visit!

  3. I absolutely loved this post Chloe! I still haven't visited for food - just for a nosy! I need to change that pronto!

    1. Ahhh thank you so much! We are obsessed - we have to pop in every time we're in Whitley Bay!


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