Typically I had not dressed for the weather. It’s almost like I’m a newborn baby having to be taught the basics of how to walk. I was so excited to go out something like checking the weather didn’t cross my mind. My mind was full of visions of deck chairs, sand, beach umbrellas, cocktails in pineapples and maybe palm trees (yes, I often forget I live in the north east of England). I was going to meet my friends at Jesmond Beach Box, an outdoor oasis not far from Jesmond Metro near the As You Like It restaurant (the people behind the Beach Box also own As You Like It and The Holy Hobo which reopen on May 17th). I was finally going to be FREE!!!!!!
With a large covered seated area close to the bar, bleachers dotted with huge floor cushions and an uncovered beach area in the middle, the capacity is pretty big but sitting on the bleachers (which have heaters thankfully) there was plenty of distance between us and the other parties, which was reassuring. Eight guest traders (which rotate with others) are dotted around the edges offering a wide variety of delicious street food and amazing cocktails. You can also find pub games such as darts, pool and shuffleboard. There’s also a Beach Camp every Saturday and Sunday to keep the kids entertained.
When I saw the menu and twigged that you could order a giant inflatable unicorn filled with cheesy chips and dips I got pretty excited (unfortunately it was sold out). We ordered prosecco and opted for some filthy fries – the Ruby Murray (loaded with buttermilk chicken and Bahian curry mayo), Millionaire’s Fries (loaded with rib, biscoff and smokey gravy mayo). Yes, they sprinkled crumbled Lotus biscuit over the chips and it came with a Lotus biscuit. My favourite was the Jamaican Me Sweat (loaded with spicy pulled pork, peppers, chilli cheese and banana ketchup). There are loads of lovely staff around to take your drinks and food orders so you don’t have to move much which is nice.
It’s a good idea to book in advance as it obviously gets really busy (you can walk-in but space isn’t guaranteed). It’s free to book and it’s possible to book if your party is larger but you would need to contact the venue.
Overall I was really impressed and would love to come back on a night and try even more of the great food and cocktails!
Click here to go to the Beach Box Website.
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