THE spray of the sea, the smell of the salt in the air and a tempting plate of food in front of you.
That’s when you know life is good. It certainly was when my wife and I visited Surfside fish bar and restaurant recently.
Most of you will have seen it if you have ever driven through Seaton. It is in a little block of three buildings on the way into the resort and has its own enclosed parking area.
As well as a takeaway area, there is a sit-down restaurant with an ultra-modern, yet still homely feel.
It serves traditional fish and chips dinners as well as other tasty offerings such as lemon sole, and scampi.
There’s a certain atmosphere to this place which invites relaxation.
As soon as you enter, you feel as if you can forget the cares of the world outside and casually watch the passing ships, dog walkers, joggers and sightseers.
Surfside enjoys a superb seafront setting which is right next to the promenade.
It has few town rivals for scenery. The only question left was, would the food match the ambience?
It did not disappoint.
My wife Margaret and I have visited before, but the food seemed to taste even better this time.
I had scampi and chips with lemon, mushy peas and bread and butter for £5.75. It was a huge plate of food, but I had pretty much scoffed the lot in no time at all. The scampi had great flavour and the chips were hot, tasty and filling.
The whole meal also had a really fresh and inviting feel to it.
Margaret decided on cod and chips with the same accompaniments as my meal and she loved it.
I opted for a small bottle of Pepsi to go with my meal while Margaret went for a Smirnoff Ice.
The whole bill was a more than respectable £15. That’s the sort of value that should get people going back again and again.
You can probably include me on that list.
Surfside, Seaton Reach, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, TS28 1TN. Tel (01429) 861150.