Whitley Bay restaurant to boost local suppliers

Whitley Bay restaurant to boost local suppliers

A new restaurant in Whitley Bay serving Geordie-influenced British classics is set to provide a major boost to the region’s food and drink manufacturers.

Hinnies restaurant has been launched by experienced entrepreneurs Andy Hook and David Townsley and has been built almost entirely from recycled materials.

As part of the Geordie-themed menu, the duo are investing in ingredients from local suppliers in order to ‘give a real taste of our beloved North East.’

The launch marks a decade since Hook, who owns the multi-award winning Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle, sold his first restaurant, Sidney’s on Front Street in Tynemouth.

Hook said: “It’s a brilliant time to return to the coast to launch Hinnies - a relaxed, informal, warm and friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving comfort food we all like to eat - earthy, rustic and hearty dishes made properly from scratch, using local and seasonal produce to give a real taste of our beloved North East.

“We’ll be showcasing Blackfriars best-selling dishes from the last ten years but with more of a Geordie twist.

“We chose the location because of its prime position on the spectacular Whitley Bay seafront. The timing of our arrival is ideal, thanks to North Tyneside Council’s exciting re-development plans for the coastline. 

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing the continued re-invigoration of the area between St Mary’s Lighthouse and Cullercoats Bay – and the multitude of benefits that more than £36m of new investment will bring to local residents, visitors and businesses.” 

Hinnies’ menu features a range of locally inspired dishes such as a modern take on the famous Saveloy Dip as well as North East coast creamy crab soup and Newcastle Brown Ale slow-cooked beef.

The restaurant is open from Tuesday – Friday: 12pm-2pm and 5pm – 9pm, Saturday: 10am – 9.30pm, Sunday: 10am – 5pm, and Bank Holiday Mondays.