We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Marsden Grotto

Coast Road, South Shields NE34 7BS, England
+44 191 455 6060
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Great spot on a nice day,

Called in here by chance on a rare beautiful day here in Sunderland, the perfect spot to sit on the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Peter B
,
Sunderland, United Kingdom
via mobile
Nice friendly staff, poor food

The haggis and steak burger was burnt and very salty, the fish and chips were big but not good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jane A
via mobile
Read all 60 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good25%
  • Average18%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible13%
Travellers talk about
LOCATION
Coast Road, South Shields NE34 7BS, England
CONTACT
Website
+44 191 455 6060
Write a ReviewReviews (60)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"mussels"
in 3 reviews
"under new management"
in 3 reviews
"cannot comment"
in 3 reviews
"most places"
in 3 reviews
"amazing location"
in 2 reviews
"outside area"
in 2 reviews
"marsden grotto"
in 5 reviews
"wraps"
in 2 reviews
"quick drink"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 4 reviews
"lovely food"
in 2 reviews
"the pub"
in 3 reviews
"staff were friendly"
in 2 reviews
"few times"
in 2 reviews
"venue"
in 6 reviews
"meal"
in 5 reviews
"mains"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 60 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Called in here by chance on a rare beautiful day here in Sunderland, the perfect spot to sit on the terrace and enjoy something from the cafe or enjoy an alcoholic beverage. We decided to order a meal from the cafe section which we both...More

Thank Peter B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The haggis and steak burger was burnt and very salty, the fish and chips were big but not good value for money, lovely place, we wouldn’t eat there again, okay for a drink

Thank Jane A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Let's get the good stuff out of the way, since it won't take long. The place is really nicely decorated, and, being partly within a cave on the beach is certainly atmospheric. The food was nice but not hot, due to having sat in the...More

Thank dlh4042
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 13 April 2018

What an amazingly interesting place. Get there via a lift down to the beach and its cut into a cave - how cool is that. We ended up there by accident really as we were passing and saw the sign, so only had coffees, so...More

Thank KeithD42
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Situated on the beach and built into a cave it sounds idyllic, but sadly the location is about all it has going for it. Stood at bar for full 5 minutes before being served, then waited 45 minutes for my sandwich to arrive. While again...More

1  Thank Tom_ThomasKent
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 April 2018

A friend booked a table for 6 people in the restaurant for 7.30pm On arrival we found our friends sitting having a drink in an alcove between the bar and the kitchen. We were informed by our friend that the restaurant is not available as...More

Thank Ray B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Boyfriend and I stopped in for a drink and a snack, not sure what to expect as the ownership had changed since the last time he had visited. We were pleasantly surprised. The interior is cozy and the oysters were very nice. We wanted to...More

Thank Carrie_Catherine
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

As a local I come here often. I love the unique location and interior of this bar/restaurant and the view. The food is always top notch too. Came here Easter Sunday about 6pm and ordered oysters. Unfortunately they didn’t come with the lemon wedges as...More

Thank jeblw1412
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 March 2018

We stumbled upon The Grotto purely by chance when visiting Souter Lighthouse and loved the place. We're not local so I'd never heard of it but it was so quirky and lovely that I was surprised it wasn't more well known nationally. We stayed for...More

Thank fightingfit
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Rang up and reserved a table for mother's Day...woman took down my name, number of people, time, email and said would send a confirmation through with a special mother's Day menu. When I got no email I rang back and a guy answered. He informed...More

1  Thank Mahsa A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 5 hotels in South Shields
Sir William Fox Hotel
192 reviews
3.05 km away
All Seasons
44 reviews
3.58 km away
Athol House
67 reviews
3.76 km away
Best Western The Sea Hotel
459 reviews
3.78 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Singh's Fish Bar
46 reviews
1.40 km away
The White Horse
67 reviews
1.08 km away
The Jolly Steward
22 reviews
1.03 km away
Quarry Lane Tandoori
16 reviews
1.40 km away
Nearby Attractions
Souter lighthouse
176 reviews
1.12 km away
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas
330 reviews
1.08 km away
Marsden Beach
161 reviews
.40 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
DannyBee F
16 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Alan Q | Reviewed this property |
Hi , I cannot answer that question .However there is stories and a history that goes back centuries so I looked this up I hope it helps Marsden Grotto Marsden Grotto lies in the shadow of the famous Marsden Rock on the... More
0
Votes
Steph H
1 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from The Marsden G | Property representative |
Hello, yes children are welcome with adult accompaniment for a meal. Yes there is access to the restaurant via a lift. Many thanks The Grotto
0
Votes
durhammand
16 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from 883peterw | Reviewed this property |
Yes I believe so 🙌 under new owners hopefully with better staff and food
1
Vote
;