The literalist in me was delighted to find that Crab and Waltzer, on the seafront in Whitley Bay, isn’t named because of some flight of whimsy on behalf of the proprietors but as a reference to things which can actually be found within its walls. If you are so minded, and manage to grab the relevant table, you will indeed be able to sit in one of the cars from an old waltzer. And, once thus seated, you will be able to order dishes containing crab. If you’ve always wanted to eat crab in a waltzer, well, this is clearly the restaurant for you. You should probably stop reading now and book a table. But for those of us with less niche tastes, this is also a place that does a few other things rather well too.
Firstly, it’s just a really nice and really easy place to be. It stretches around the corner of Marine Avenue and The Links, affording a panoramic view out to sea. Tables are well spaced out with seating varying from slouchy wing-backs and stools to comfy wooden chairs and the aforementioned chunk of fairground. There is something to suit every class of posterior. Poles running from the floor to the ceiling have been painted like old fashioned straws and up the back of the place they’ve got tables done out as cute beach houses, just so you don’t forget where you are.
In an eminently sensible move, there’s a kids play area with an IKEA kitchen installed. There are seats outside for when conditions are mercifully clement. On the afternoon of our visit there was a welcoming buzz about the place.