There’s a new restaurant down on the Fish Quay at North Shields, Allard’s on the Quay, a sister of Allard’s Lounge in Tynemouth. The food is delicious in the Tynemouth restaurant, so I was keen to try my new local.
I had a rare Friday off, as I was going away for a meetup with my Uni friends, so Ashley and I decided to visit for breakfast before I left.
If you have been a visitor to the Fish Quay in the past, then you may remember Wight’s shop, which is the building Allard’s is housed in. Wight’s was an institution on the Quay, especially for it’s bacon sandwiches and cheeky chat. It was a sad day when the owner retired and the shop closed, but it is nice to see it getting a new lease of life. I can’t believe the transformation the shop has undergone, now decked out in a green which matches its Tynemouth outlet.
As you can see, there’s lots of seats outside, which were not much use on a drizzly November day!
The decor inside is lavish, opulent even, and very different for the Fish Quay. I wish I had a picture of how it looked inside in it’s previous life, as I struggled to believe I was in the same building! There’s also a very instagrammable golden skull wall!
The breakfast menu has a lot of choices, with a page dedicated to ‘Healthy Options’, a build your own breakfast, where each item is £1 (minimum of 4 items), as well as a page of lots of tempting dishes. I especially liked that they paid homage to Wight’s famous bacon butties on the menu.
I went for the egg bagel with guacamole and bacon, while Ashley opted for the Breakfast burrito. I think we were both dreaming of New York or American style breakfasts that morning!
We ordered and paid at the bar, however there was a little mix up where they over-charged us by a few pounds. An easy mistake, but considering we only ordered a breakfast each and a flat white, also an easy one to spot in my opinion. I’d also asked to see a copy of the receipt, and while the waitress told me she’d have a look, 5 minutes later she brought over the extra change we were owed in cash, even though we’d paid on card, and still didn’t give us a copy of the receipt. I found this a little unprofessional and without wanting to sound greedy, I think a complimentary coffee to apologize would have been nice way to smooth things over. I do however think these may be teething problems as Allard’s is still very new, and it’s not something that would put me off going back.
Now for the bit you’ve been waiting for… the food!
My egg bagel looked really appetizing on the plate, Ashley’s burrito not so much. I understand it’s big, and the point of a burrito is that everything is inside, but I had to get him to cut it in half to get a decent picture, otherwise it was a beige rectangle on a plate! Maybe that’s the blogger in me! I was also a little disappointed as I thought the bagel was a ‘thin’ bagel i.e. like the sandwich thins that you might eat while on a diet, and was not what I was after when out for breakfast! However, I ate the whole lot, and on reflection, I maybe couldn’t have cleared my plate if it were a full sized bagel.
The guacamole tasted really fresh, and the bacon was really thick. My fried egg wasn’t runny, but I didn’t get to the yolk till last so it had probably set by then. Ashley generously gave me a bite of his burrito and it was really tasty, and had a good helping of cheese, which is always a winner for me. He was stuffed afterwards, so it’s definitely a man-sized meal.
Overall, apart from the hiccup with the bill, I really enjoyed my breakfast. I would definitely return, and I’m keen to see the lunch and dinner menu. I also think it will get really busy on an evening as a bar, although I’m not sure I’m keen on the idea of eating a meal in amongst weekend drinkers, and it’s something that puts me off the Quay Taphouse along the road which I prefer during the week, as I feel a little uncomfortable when sitting eating with a lot of people standing around.
Have you visited any of the other Allard’s before? Let me know what you think of them in the comments.
Thanks for reading.