Amble, Northumberland has changed a lot over the past ten years or so. From a quiet fishing town when I was growing up, to a thriving foodie destination now. I’ve made it my mission to try out the cafes and restaurants I haven’t visited yet. There are quite a few on my list! Starting with The Sand Bar Cafe, the perfect place for brunch…
The Sand Bar Cafe opened it’s doors in spring this year in a building which used to be a launderette when I was growing up. The location is fabulous – across the road from the harbour. I’d recommend a morning walk around the pier and the Harbour Pods, then a hot, tasty brunch at The Sand Bar Cafe. On my first visit not long after the cafe had opened I couldn’t believe the transformation. The last time I stepped foot inside the building it was a dated launderette, and now it is a light and airy space with a mounted surfboard and touches of turquoise that instantly remind you that you’re in a traditional seaside town.
So how about the food? That’s what we’re all here for, right? Alongside baked potatoes, sandwiches, toasties and amazing pasta dishes, you’ll find an extensive breakfast menu. Traditional full English, vegetarian, full Scottish, breakfast rolls and wraps, pancakes and various forms of egg will leave you spoilt for choice. I went the American style pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup, my friend went for the eggs benedict, and a ham toastie, toast and sausages for the kids.
I thoroughly enjoyed my pancakes. The bacon was amazing – and I’m not even a big fan of bacon! – and there was just the right amount of maple syrup. I’d highly recommend if you’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth. Everyone else cleared their plates too, so I guess it’s a thumbs up from us.
The Sand Bar Cafe has also started serving cocktails in the evening. It’s great that there are a few places popping up where you can try yummy cocktails now as before the closest to a cocktail in Amble was a Bellini, and they’re not really my thing. I think a girly evening sampling the menu is in order!