THE BAY

Calm down ! That’s not Mrs RM above (or me).

Whitley Bay, the Margate of the North ? Or the new Folkestone ?

It’s gone all posh, hasn’t it ? Ever since Mrs RM and I came here 15 years ago, admired the beach and mispronounced Tynmouth, it’s seen an influx of young people with ribbons in their hair opening bars named after animals with “Tap” in the name.

But the tradition of parking your car outside to ruin my photo persists.

Some lovely architecture to linger over,

but it was drizzling, despite the presence of two of the righteous, so we didn’t dither on the way to Spanish City, the recently revived centerpiece on the seafront; Whitley Bay’s Piece Hall if you like.

Well, who’d have guessed what’s inside ?

Not only did Dire Straits reference this in Tunnel of Love,

it also just beat Brunning & Price for poshest hand wash of the year.

We had a micropub to catch at 2pm, or I’ve absolutely no doubt I’d have bought Mrs RM a gass (flute ?) from the Champagne Bar. Five points for guess what’s on the turned-round hand pump.

Our micro didn’t seem too interested in opening on time (boo !), let alone early like they do in Lancashire, so I dragged Mrs RM for a bracing bit of sea air.

Looks quite appealing here, doesn’t it ?

Next up, beer and chips and sausage too.

15 thoughts on “THE BAY

      1. I love the way Simon debates whether his latest southern pub is more like an obscure village gastro in Yorkshire or somewhere even more obscure in Staffordshire. It shows he takes in a lot about people and culture.

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  1. Those rusting metal structures in your “bracing bit of sea air” photo look like something created for an old Thomas Dolby video.

    And yes, your little reference to the pronunciation of Tynemouth led me to google its proper pronunciation. I mean, come on, if we’re going to pronounce “tyne” as “tain”, then everything I thought I knew about the alphabet is clearly wrong!

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    1. “Tyne” ?
      “Tain” ?

      We pronounced in “Tinmuff” for 15 years before the announcement on the metro last week told us it was “Tyne-mouth” . Adrian may correct us both.

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      1. I thought “Tinmuff” was in Devon (Teignmouth)? Not that I’ve been right there, only nearby (it might be “Tanemuth” for all I know), but that was how my mother pronounced it,

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