New eaterie truly a plaice with a view.
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A NEWLY-OPENED fish bar at a North East beach is proving a hit with food lovers.
Riley's Fish Shack, at King Edwards Bay, in Tynemouth, is run by Adam and Lucy Riley.
The business was previously operating in the area from a mobile cart but the couple decided to set up a more permanent base at the site.
They started a crowdfunding campaign and managed to raise around PS20,000 towards the project.
More than 200 people made financial contributions of various amounts. The largest sum was around PS2,000.
The scheme offered backers a range of rewards based on the value of their donation, such as having a lobster cooked at a location of their choice or catering for a special event.
Now the newly-built Fish Shack has opened up to the public. It comprises two 20ft containers with balconies - one is used for dining and the other as a kitchen.
The site has a barbecue grill and a wood-fired pizza oven to cook flatbreads to accompany dishes.
Mr Riley, 32, who also lives in Tynemouth, said: "We had a mobile cart and were operating at the site over two years. But we always had a plan to have something more permanent and offer our customers something different. So we decided to raise the money through a crowdfunding scheme.
"And it feels amazing to have finally opened up the new bar. It has been going really well. We've been busy and we've had lots of good feedback.
"At the moment, we have a temporary licence from North Tyneside Council to have this base at King Edwards Bay.
"However, we are hoping to negotiate a longterm agreement to occupy the site."
All the fish used at the Shack is sourced from the North East. Among the treats offered to customers are salt and pepper squid, chargrilled lobster, monk-fish and mackerel.
The food and service has already attracted good reviews on online social media sites.
Several people have left comments on TripAdvisor.
One message says: "I am amazed that something like Riley's Fish Shack hasn't come to Tynemouth quicker.
"It's exactly what the place needs, a humble, down to earth, unimposing, beautiful place to enjoy fresh sea food looking out on to the beach. I hope this is a long-lasting endeavour as I for one will certainly be a regular."
Another customer added: "What a clever and brilliant idea to put a simple yet creative container on one of Tynemouth's most beautiful beaches.
"It has the most stunning views, excellent food and run by the most accommodating staff. More sophisticated places are needed like this - a breath of fresh air."
Rileys Fish Shack at King Edward's Bay, Tynemouth, run |by Adam and Lucy Riley, inset