Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock's Busy for a Reason; GIBRALTAR ROCK 2 East Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4EB Tel. 0191 258 5655 WWW.Thegibrock.Com Opening Times: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm Sunday 12pm-11.30pm Food: Service: Ambience: Overall:

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Rock's Busy for a Reason; GIBRALTAR ROCK 2 East Street, Tynemouth, NE30 4EB Tel. 0191 258 5655 WWW.Thegibrock.Com Opening Times: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11.30pm Sunday 12pm-11.30pm Food: Service: Ambience: Overall:

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Byline: Angela Upex FOOD REVIEW

ON a perfect summer's day there's nothing like a stroll out with the family to work up an appetite for lunch.

We'd decided to head to a pub at the end of our walk to Tynemouth so that everyone could be persuaded to have a stomp.

We arrived at the Gibraltar Rock, which was bustling with the throng of visitors enjoying the rare sun in Tynemouth.

Inside, we were shown to our table. It was really busy, even at 5pm on a Sunday afternoon. There were lots of big family groups and it was quite noisy, so not the place for an intimate gathering.

REVIEW FOOD By Angela We were seated in the carvery area of the restaurant, but the best seats in the house have to be next to the main bar area, with panoramic views over the surrounding coastline.

The pub has a nice, homely feel with its wooden tables and chairs, photographs of shipbuilding on the Tyne and North East fishermen, and fresh flowers on the table. To be honest, the paintwork behind us had seen better days but, overall, the restaurant area was light, airy and pleasant.

The menu certainly looked extensive - with everything from Sunday roasts to classics, such as North Shields fish quay battered haddock and chips, and North Sea fresh crab, alongside a wide choice of steak and burgers. The choices included vegetarian dishes and salads. There were also some retro classics, but more of that later.

Sunday has its own menu, with a good choice for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.

Upex Starters ranged from belly pork and black pudding to salt and pepper chill squid, and cost from PS3.50 to PS4.50.

My starter - tomato, mozzarella and basil salad - was exceptional, and one of my guests went for the homemade tomato and basil soup. The soup was also impressive and the accompanying crusty bread was good, too.

Then to main courses. …

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