Whitley Bay has a long standing reputation for both the quality and the variety of its eateries. The most recent addition to the town is set to further enhance this reputation, by serving the best of our local produce in an innovative way.
Evans Bistro, right in the heart of the town, claims to be passionate about good food, whilst serving hearty dishes with a modern twist.
Located two minutes’ walk from Whitley Bay Metro Station (in the old Tiger Bill’s building on Whitley Road), the restaurant proudly sits on the extensive corner plot, boasting 85 covers and giving a modern feel with exposed bricks, booth style seating and a relaxed urban décor. They cater for all tastes, with a menu full of variety and mouth-watering choices.
My wife and I popped in on a weekday afternoon, and we both found the restaurant to be bright and airy with a really good buzz about it. We sat in one of the booths and took in the atmosphere, generated from a good mix of couples and families.
For my starter, I ordered the breadless scotch egg wrapped in bacon with rocket and house relish, a dish I have never experienced before, but it was really tasty and one I will certainly be having again. My wife opted for the crispy crab cake with pea puree and pea shoots, flavour combinations that work really well (I can vouch for that as my fork did stray over to her plate on more than one occasion!).
For our main courses neither of us could take our eyes off the specials board, there were lots of mouth-watering options to choose from. I picked the 8oz rib eye steak served with house chips, asparagus, black pudding and poached egg, whilst my wife decided on the toad in the hole with Cumberland ring, mash, roasties and onion gravy.
Both dishes were generous portions, fresh, full of flavour, and beautifully presented. The steak was exactly as requested (medium rare), and the slightly runny poached egg was a real treat and brought the dish together well. My wife commented that the mash was incredibly moreish (and she is a mash aficionado!) and the onion gravy was divine.
All of the dishes were a triumph, and we left feeling very satisfied and with no room for dessert!
Evans Bistro aims to be as inclusive as possible, they have Vegan options on their menu (more available on request), are fully accessible and have installed a changing bed that can hold up to 20 stone in their disabled bathroom. They also have a dedicated play area to keep the young ones entertained while you relax and enjoy the food (although the kids menu is also packed with fresh hearty options).
Having spoken to the joint owners, their passion for the business is clear to see. They have taken a lot of time to source the best wines, lagers and ales and stock from a local brewery. I had the organic lager with my main course, which I can highly recommend.
Evans Bistro definitely brings something new to Whitley Bay. The quality of their food, the ever evolving menu choices, and their portion sizes, combined with their passion for good service makes it a very welcome addition to the town. We certainly won’t be strangers!
Evan’s Bistro, 201 Whitley Road, Whitley Bay, NE26 2SY. Tel: 0191 252 6532 www.evansrestaurants.com