After school one day last week, I packed up the kids and headed to the North Coast. I haven’t been for months, and I didn’t let the fact that the skies were grey stop us! We had a great time exploring but I wanted to tell you about The Tides Restaurant which sits on the cliff top between Portrush and Portstewart.
We were actually heading into Portstewart town to get some dinner, when we impulsively decided to try The Tides instead. A quick look at the menu outside assured me that everyone would be able to find something to their liking. Plus they had an offer on where you could have three courses for the price of your main. I didn’t need three courses, but if your starter and desert is free you don’t say no! Well.. you might, but I certainly don’t! (I have since noticed on their website it says you can swap a course for a drink. Just if you want to of course!)
Typically, after deciding this was going to be our venue of choice, we went in to be told they were fully booked! Apparently weekends are very busy, so booking is recommended. They did offer us a table in the downstairs bar, so it had a sofa and stools, instead of chairs, but we accepted! It was perfectly adequate for our needs.
We were handed menus and I expected the 3 course offer to be limited to certain items. Usually with offers like these your starter is limited to soup or melon and your dessert to ice-cream or apple pie. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this wasn’t the case, and I treated myself to Duck Wraps, Chicken Maryland and Banoffee Pie for £11.95. (Prices September 2014) I thought that was pretty good value! It was beautifully presented and delicious! They also had highchairs, a good selection on their children’s menu, and some colouring pencils were provided to help keep the little ones entertained.
The Tides Restaurant has one of those open plan kitchens where you can see the chefs at work. The décor was modern, but comfortable and the atmosphere was busy but not overwhelmingly so.
I have just one small criticism – the bathroom I used was downstairs, I am not sure if they have another as I wasn’t in the upstairs area. My complaint is regarding the size of the cubicles – you know the type – where you have to squeeze yourself alongside the toilet because there is so little clearance between the door and the toilet itself. It is a pet hate of mine, and I know it is only a 5 second inconvenience, but it does annoy me!
Overall, The Tides Restaurant was fantastic value, great atmosphere and the staff were really helpful and attentive. I would definitely recommend it! Check out their website here.