Whitley Bay is a coastal town overlooking the North Sea, not far from Newcastle. When I first came to Newcastle I used to hop on the metro at the weekend and go for a wander along the coastline. There is a stretch of golden beach that runs to St Mary’s lighthouse in the North. When the tide is out you can walk across and visit the lighthouse. My son spent many a happy hour investigating the rock pools when he was a child. If you walk to the South you pass the dome of Spanish City, immortalised in the Dire Straits song “Tunnel of Love”. It was a funfair, but is now being redeveloped. Further along the coast, past Cullercoats you reach Tynemouth and the ruins of the castle and priory overlooking the sea. There are plenty of shops to call in and fish and chips in the sea air are always welcome.
Whitley Goose is a traditional recipe from Whitley Bay, which actually has nothing at all to do with geese. It is a simple dish of boiled onions mixed with cheese and cream which can be served alongside a roast dinner as a side dish or with bread as a simple tasty supper. It reminds me of another traditional Northumberland dish, Pan Haggerty which is more filling due to its use of potatoes.
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