Driving through Whitley Bay last night we commented just how much has changed in our little coastal town. Bank Holidays in particular are very different to what they once were along South Parade. The place definitely went through a phase where really, it wasn’t much to write home about, and being home for me it was a real shame. Over the past couple of years though, a few more restaurants and cafes have popped up, micro breweries now feature on streets I’ve walked all my life, replacing some of the run down old shops nobody went in, and the real quality places that have stood the test of time are still there too – I’m looking at you Nicholsons Butchers! From Monday, Whitley Bay even has it’s very own food and drink week.