The Loading Bay North Shields Review

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The Loading Bay is a great little Street Food Hang Out near North Sheilds Fish Quay. I recently visited with Sam and Sam's brother Mark for brunch. 

The Loading Bay is situated in what used to be a loading bay (obvs) for a warehouse, I think upstairs is still used as a Warehouse as there were some people coming and going using the service lift just inside the entrance.

It's open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am-3pm, you don't need to book. It is family friendly with highchairs available, comics for the kids (big and small) and dogs are welcome too.

The vibe is very chilled and definitely on the hipster side. Graffiti art on the walls, mish mash of old fashioned furniture, oil drums as bins and old wooden cable drum reels for tables, I loved it.

Inside you have the Medhead van serving food, Jungle Coffee providing drinks and Di Meos Ice-Cream cart for something sweet.

Jungle Coffee is a Horse Box that has been converted into a Mobile Coffee Shop with coffee supplied by Tynemouth Coffee Co. We all got a Black Americano (is there a better way to have coffee? I don't think so), but they also serve Tea, Pop and Juice and even have some brownies.

The dogs are catered for here as well with Treats and Puppacinos available.

The Loading Bay North Shields Review

Medhead are based in a Vintage American Airstream Caravan which has been converted into a Mediterranean Streetfood Kitchen.

Me and Mark were saying we love these Airstream Caravans and would love to get one if we ever won the Lottery.

The menu is small but I think that is great so they can make the few dishes they do really exceptional. Sam ordered the Margherita Panzerotti which is a folded Pizza with a really crispy crust, She said they weren't stingy on the filling, it was very satisfying and if you like Margheritas you will love this. 

Mark had the Shaksuka, I have had this before from other places and was tempted to have it here as I love eggs and when they're baked in a spicy tomato sauce served with crusty bread it is perfection. Again the portion was great and the yolks were runny (always a must). 

The Loading Bay North Shields Review

In the end I went for the Chicken Shawarma, we did have to wait a little while for our food, they had to cook another batch of chicken as the Shawarma had been so popular that they had already sold out what they had prepared (that's got to be a good sign).

The Shawrma have a great mix of spicy harissa and sharp pickled cabbage with cooling cucumber and mint yoghurt served in a fresh baked flat bread. My Shawarma was great but very messy so grab a few extra napkins.

We arrived at around 11 O'Clock and there were already a few people there but plenty of seats available. We parked at Low Lights car park (which is free, use postcode NE30 1JQ if you're using satnav). The Loading Bay is around a five miniute slow saunter along quayside.

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