This is our second trip to Hinnies, after having a lovely Sunday brunch here last Summer. There seems to be a theme of going here to eat before an afternoon show. Last year it was Cirque du Hilarious and this time it was before the Smile for Life Comedy show at the Wallsend Exchange.
Hinnies is located on the sea front of Whitley Bay, just along from the regenerated Spanish City (which I’m still yet to try!). The restaurant is a little bit set back off the main coastal road with a lovely landscaped garden out front. As it was a Sunday parking was free on a side street not far way which was good as we had Alan’s Mam Judith in tow who cannot walk too far.
Knowing that Hinnies is popular I booked a table quickly on their website 3/4 days before the visit, and although we didn’t get a sea view we had a nice spacious booth. As we left at 2pm there wasn’t a spare seat so I would definitely book if you fancy coming down.
I really like the interior of Hinnies with it’s relaxed industrial feel with metro tiles, pots & pans and coastal paint colours. Kids are well catered for here too and there was children from all ages enjoying dinner in the restaurant.
We all decided to skip starters as Sunday lunch is so filling, and I was already eyeing up the deserts.
Sunday lunch at Hinnies
All of the lunches were served with the same veg & a massive yorkshire pudding. Alan went for the pork. myself the chicken & Judith the mushroom wellington as she is not much of a meat eater. I’d say if you like belly busting Sunday roasts like you get at a carvery maybe Hinnies isn’t the best place but for us it was plenty. The veg was well cooked & loved the addition of the cauliflower cheese. You could always add an addition side on which we might in the future! (greedy!)
The girls couldn’t be convinced to go for the Sunday lunches when they saw the chicken & chips option on the kids menu. I have to say the kids meals were lush though as i did end up helping to finish off one of the goujons. Chips were home cooked too and tasted lush and a perfect portion size for the girls.
Deserts at Hinnies
Skipping starters to indulge in a desert was most definitely a good call. Imogen went for the sticky toffee (from the kids menu) and Abigail the decorate your own ice cream. The latter was the cutest kids desert ever with the ice cream served in a little bucket and the biscuit with a crab mould to mess on with. She was also given a big tray with chocolate, strawberry sauce & coloured sprinkles which she whacked on with abandon.
I had one of the nicest puddings I’d had in ages & perfect for the summer months! Strawberry shortbread, white chocolate crème, lemon bergamot sorbet. Absolutely lush!
Alan went for the Cherry Bakewell & vanilla ice cream which was a massive portion.
The meal was finished off with three flat whites for the grown ups. We had such a lush time at Hinnies and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone who is looking for a relaxed experience with good food & great service.
Price: Sunday lunch served from 12 noon. £16 for 2 courses/£19 for 3 courses. Children’s menu 2 courses £9, 3 courses £12
Address: 10 East Parade, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear, NE26 1AP
Tel: 0191 447 0500