The Fish Quay is a genuine rugged, hardworking area with commercial activity in the setting of a number of historic structures. It has its own unique character, which is conveyed not only by the sights but by the smells of the sea, the fishing boats and a heady mix of garlic and tomato, tapas and frying fish and chips from the many restaurants, as well as the sounds of the boats’ engines throbbing and gulls crying overhead. Positive changes to the street-scene facilitate al fresco eating, when the weather permits, which all adds to the vibrant atmosphere.
This is England’s premier prawn port, steeped in history, but inevitably subject to change. The Fish Quay continues to feed the national appetite for fish and there has been a significant increase in the numbers of enquiries for commercial interest for locally caught seafood from the fish market and also for visitors to the Quay wishing to sample seafood from the many eateries on the Quay.
Identified as a major area for regeneration with a commitment to preserve its unique character, the Fish Quay has a vibrant mix of community, culture and heritage and is unlike any other area in the North East of England.