MAKING GBG HAY IN WHITLEY BAY

 

img_20190924_1906337437215402103993736.jpg

Already half way through my eight Guide Tyneside ticks, and not a dud yet.  Time to “meet a local” who knows everything about Newcastle, and has the good fortune to drink at one of the best Draught Bass houses in the country.

Electric Pics, who posts under the alias “Adrian” was responsible for this classic pic of Simon and Tom Irvin arriving in Whitley Bay in Christmas 2017.

shields1

He’s dropped his green marker (Pic: Electric Pics)

“Adrian” has given us some great photos of the North-East, take a look at his blog here.

With approximately 3 minutes notice, he left behind his tea of oysters, samphire and champagne (he lives in Tynemouth) and joined me in Storm Front.

Whitley2

Yes, it’s not actually called Storm Front, that’s a Billy Joel LP, but it’s easy to get your cats and mice and dogs and rabbits and storms mixed up in micro Tyneside.

img_20190924_1914486725825900468856023.jpg
Love those open windows

There’s also a Fat Ox, a Fox & Finch and another Split Chimp here.  Keep up. Or move to Cramlington where life is calmer.

3 minutes gave me just enough time to wonder if this was a pre-emptive (dunno),

img_20190924_1912498863715690728082683.jpg
Was a Fitzgerald, apparently

and see the spot on York Street where the moon landings were faked in 1979.

img_20190924_1914366019065424984360312.jpg
History makers

Adrian could recognise the historic value of my own crumpled notes.

img_20190924_1918485515176567075326654.jpg
Surprisingly legible

Storm Front Cellars was another neat beer bar with long tables and beer menus, and a decent IPA that Adrian will remember even if I don’t.

img_20190924_1915331851551892635170007.jpg
More difficult choices
img_20190924_19180375939549474043891.jpg
Tulips

Adrian gave me a tutorial on developments in the town, which is undergoing the sort of renaissance Margate has enjoyed or suffered depending on your perspective.

I’m a fan, even though my punishing schedule meant there was no time for an ice cream in the rain or chips from Arcade Chippy on the metro.

img_20190924_1948142277272122850165150.jpg
Isn’t that gorgeous ?

NB If you look at the picture of the chef below for 30 seconds you’ll be able to see the unmistakeable likeness of the Angel of the North.  Clever, huh ?

img_20190924_1948308635583909824152820.jpg

 

6 thoughts on “MAKING GBG HAY IN WHITLEY BAY

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s