It was a Thursday evening and Tynemouth was absolutely buzzing! So much so that we struggled to get parked. We eventually managed to find a spot in the free short stay car park near the sailing club.
After visiting ORA a few weeks earlier and enjoying a fantastic al fresco breakfast (see pic below) we had vowed to go back for their £20 tapas deal which gets you 4 tapas and 2 glasses of wine for £20. This deal is available all day Sunday-Thursday and until 5pm on a Friday. On a Thursday evening there is live music too which is an added bonus.
We arrived and found a bar table available so quickly nabbed it while we could and perused the menu. There was a good choice and it was hard to choose but we eventually decided on calamari, Patatas bravas with chirizo, Thai chicken skewers with a satay dip and Spanish style meatballs plus 2 glasses of red (both for hubby) and a coke for me as I was driving.
The atmosphere was casual and relaxed and it is always lovely dining with live music in the background. I had read a few reviews on tripadvisor stating service could be slow but we had absolutely no problems - service was professional, polite and proficient.
Our tapas arrived in a lovely looking tapas tower (which is a genious idea as saves a lot if space - tapas normally takes over your whole table) and our server took the time to recap what we ordered which was a nice touch.
The food was fantastic and plentiful - I was worried four tapas between 2 might not be enough but the portions were a good size and we were left feeling satisfied.
Everything was perfectly cooked but the star of the show was definitely the Patatas bravas with chirizo - the best we've had! Even better than the one's we've enjoyed across Spain.
We finished our evening with a few more drinks listening to the music and then a walk along the sea front - the priory looked magnificent. It was a perfect evening and we will definitely be back soon.