Eating & Drinking - Fish Quay History

Eating & Drinking

The clue is in the name and the Fish Quay is definitely the place to be if you’re a seafood fan. With fresh fish, shellfish, fish and chips and many speciality seafood dishes, you’re spoilt for choice every day of the week.

The Fish Quay has something to suit all tastes with full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus in a variety of restaurants, pubs and cafes. There are some of the finest teas and coffees the region has to offer along with real ales, great wines and cocktails.



There are three establishments on the Fish Quay, serving the best of Italian cuisine in cosy settings. With lunch and dinner menus and many ‘happy hour’ promotions, Sambucas restaurants are hugely popular and offer some of the region’s best value menu choices for all the family.

Irvins Brasserie

A fine-dining experience in the atmospheric Irvins Building at the eastern end of the Quay. A quality establishment with a very welcoming atmosphere, Irvins encapsulates Head Chef and Owner, Graeme Cuthell's passion for great food and excellent service alongside a relaxed dining experience.

The focus is on simple, good value yet stylish food served in a modern, friendly environment. Teas and coffees, cakes, breakfast, lunch and dinner menus and no bookings necessary.

David Kennedy’s River Cafe

Superb Asian cuisine, teamed with great service and a lively atmosphere. This is one of the newest restaurants on the Fish Quay and already has an excellent reputation.

The Lowlights Tavern

A traditional pub with a real community of friends. Traditional food, snacks, light meals and drinks to eat-in or take-out, daily. This pub is a gem for those who value “olde worlde” charm. Real ale, real fire, real pub!

Martino’s Restaurant.

A taste of Italy with a warm family & homely atmosphere. Great value.

The Quay Taphouse

Delicious fresh food with a twist and at a good price. Great tapas menus, welcoming and friendly staff, excellent service and a large variety of wines and local ales.

Lindisfarne Seafoods

Small family business established in 1989, Producing high quality Pacific oysters grown on the seashore within the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve. Fresh oysters are available direct from the oyster farm to your door!

Taylors Seafoods

One of the largest retail fish and seafood outlets in the North East with an extensive stock of fresh and frozen seafood. Fantastic, local fresh fish every day from North Shields Fish Market. Stunning fish displays; both local and exotic, fresh and frozen fish available to try.

WM Wight

For a take-away tea or coffee and a great bacon sandwich, look no further than Wights. You’ll even find a bit of ‘Cafe Culture’ here when the weather permits with a street cafe offering views across the river.


Waterfront is a hugely popular fish and chip shop with a cafe for those who prefer to eat in. The beach at the Foreshore is a great place to sit and eat your take-away.

Ocean’s Restaurant & Takeaway

Owned and run by local fishermen and fish merchants with a wealth of experience in the fishing industry. Constantly working to source fish responsibly and promote and develop sustainable fish sources.

Eating & Drinking - Fish Quay History


The Porthole

More than a community pub, this is a destination pub where regulars make you feel welcome. Catering for everyone with real ale and dining and a good variety of live music and entertainment.

The Prince of Wales

Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter kept at its best right here! One of the friendliest pubs in North Shields with a wide choice of classic drinks and a lively environment.

The New Dolphin

A simple, honest pub with a proud history. Regular live music and entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere fit for all the family.

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Fish Quay Commercial Property to Rent

The Smokehouses

Modern office and studio accommodation situated on the historic North Shields Fish Quay.

The Smokehouses