Taste of The Sea Weekends


Do you love eating seafood? Do you enjoy new experiences? Are you looking for something different to do at weekends? Then why not try our Taste of the Sea weekends?

A Taste of the Sea is an all inclusive weekend which offers the seafood novice a starting place while giving the more experienced cook the chance to try something new.

Stay for two nights in the award-winning Martineau Guest House where Sally will teach you how to source, choose, prepare and cook local, seasonal fish and shellfish with confidence in the relaxed surroundings of her own kitchen. You will then be able to enjoy the fruits of your labour over a convivial dinner.

You’ll visit the famous North Shields Fish Quay just a short walk along the River Tyne, drop-in on the early morning fish auction, visit a local fishmonger.

There will also be the opportunity to enjoy a three course meal including seafood, at one of Tynemouth’s top restaurants, lunch at Tynemouth’s fusion cafe and explore the village with its thriving weekend market, medieval Priory and Castle, wonderful sandy beaches, specialist shops, quirky cafes and homely pubs.

Prepare to be inspired, invigorated and informed before heading home armed with the confidence and skill to begin cooking your own fantastic seafood dishes.

All inclusive price for single occupancy £350. For two people sharing a room £540



Sample Menu


Trio of Crab
Steamed crab dumplings, crab cake and a tian of crab

Main Course

Gurnard Cooked Two Ways
Baked with chilli and orange compote and pan fried
with samphire and a cream chive sauce


Local Northumberland Cheeses


Friday evening

7:30pm: Welcome drink and oysters at Barca Art Cafe, a local Tynemouth restaurant, followed by a three course meal including  half a bottle of house wine.


7:15am:  Early morning tour of the historic North Shields Fish Quay, followed by a visit to a local fishmongers to buy crabs and fish. The fish bought will depend on what has been landed that morning.

8:15am:  Return to Martineau Guest House for one of our five star breakfasts.

Following breakfast the rest of the morning is yours to explore Tynemouth. You may wish to visit the priory and castle which is just a few minutes’ walk from Martineau Guest House, stroll along the beaches, amble around the eclectic mix of stalls at Tynemouth’s famous market held every Saturday and Sunday at the beautiful Victorian station or wander around the village’s many independent shops.

12:30pm: Meet back at Martineau Guest House before making our way to lunch at Dil and the Bear fusion cafe on Front Street, Tynemouth.

2:00pm onwards: The afternoon will be spent having fun preparing the crab and fish for the evening meal. We will make three crab starters and cook the fish two ways, using the fish head and bones to make a stock for a cream and chive sauce. Recipes, instructions and all equipment are provided. This will take between three and four hours.

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7:30pm onwards: Meet again to enjoy the fruits of our labour! If you wish to drink alcohol with your meal you will need to bring your own as Martineau Guest House does not have a licence.

7:30am – 9.00am: Breakfast and depart with recipe booklet and A Taste of the Sea souvenir apron.

For more information or to enquire about availability please email martineauhouse@gmail.com or call 0191 257 9038


Taste of The Sea Reviews

5 of 5 starsReviewed 30 November 2014

Stayed for a weekend at this lovely guesthouse recently. The accommodation and breakfast were excellent. I was even more impressed by the “taste of the sea” course run by Sally,the owner. This should be on the list of Things to do in Tynemouth ! It was a really fun day. We went to the quay, where we picked the fish and crab we were going to prepare later and also had an opportunity to view the boats that had landed the catch. Under Sally’s patient and knowledgable tuition we learned how to prepare crab meat to make crab cakes a tian of crab and steamed crab dumplings. We also learned how to make fish stock, to pan fry and bake our fish. I’m not sure I can remember everything I learned on the day but thankfully notes and an apron were provided. Thank you Sally, I look forward to trying out my new skills over the new year.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 January 2014

Sally’s Taste of the Sea Weekend at the Martineau House is a unique experience and was a great success for our Mum and Daughter trip. We wanted something special and memorable, particularly as it was part of my friend’s big birthday celebration too, and we weren’t disappointed. Tynemouth is an attractive location and the historic Martineau House is well positioned on Front Street where old and new blend together well. The sea and ancient Priory are at the end of the street while several smart eateries, bars and interesting shops are in easy walking distance. The rooms were warm, clean and well appointed. Even though we had a room looking out on the street, we were not disturbed by the Saturday night Christmas party atmosphere. Sally’s kitchen was open and available and the breakfasts, cooked in front of you, are superb – the best hollandaise sauce on the poached eggs I’ve had! Sally loves cooking and has created a clever concept for the weekend which not only includes staying in a comfortable, historical place, eating food in great local places but also being shown how to cook and prepare seafood, then eating it! The trip to the fish quay at 7am was a great part of this experience – and I’m not a morning person – with the chance to meet some lovely people in the local fish industry who gave us a tour and lots of information. We had a tutorial in the afternoon on how to prepare the seafood which I found very useful. Then in the evening Sally created a lovely dinner party with the fish we had prepared in her homely kitchen /diner. This was a quality experience and is highly recommended!