OH, we do like to be beside the seaside!
One of South Shields’ most famous streets has been named as one of the best in the UK for holiday accommodation.
Ocean Road came in at number eight in a poll by Quality in Tourism (QiT).
QiT – which provides accommodation ratings for tourism bosses at VisitEngland – produced a league table of the streets in the UK that have the largest percentage of accredited accommodation outlets.
Dave Slater has owned Clifton Guest House and Coffee Shop, in Ocean Road, with his wife, Susan, for the last nine years.
The four-star bed and breakfast has seven rooms, which each boast their own en suite bathroom.
The couple also run a coffee shop, which is open to their guests and the public from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Mr Slater, 63, said: “We chose to come to Ocean Road because it had a history as a good business street, and it’s renowned for guest houses and the Indian restaurants as well.
“I think it’s been named as one of the best because the guest houses are very close to the town centre, the beaches, and the restaurants, and when you get here you don’t have to use your car, because the traffic links to Newcastle and the airport are very good – you’ve got everything on your doorstep.
“South Shields has a lot to offer people, and on the tourist side, Ocean Road is being redeveloped and the new leisure centre at the end of the street has been well received, the seafront has all been refurbished and the new sea defence wall and promenade are getting rave reviews.”
The grandad-of-four added: “We are very proud of this place, and our guest house and coffee shop in particular.
“We took it on when it had no recognition or anything, and we’ve gone from nothing to three stars to four stars, and now we’ve got the thriving coffee shop. I’m over the moon.”
Neil Quigley, the managing director at Quality in Tourism, said: “We assess 18,000 properties a year, so the ‘streets of quality’ project has been a big undertaking.
“We’ve looked at a lot of streets in great detail, and have spent a lot of time pulling together the relevant facts and figures.
“Big congratulations to Ocean Road for making the top 15. The UK, and in particular the North East, has a thriving hospitality and tourism scene. And it’s important for those accommodation types to be congratulated and rewarded when producing a high-quality service, and running a high-quality establishment.
“In such a competitive industry, it’s important for hotel owners and so forth to promote themselves as much as they can.
“Our ‘streets of quality’ table will help those booking holiday accommodation in the UK; because if they were to book a place on one of the highlighted streets, chances are it will be of high quality, meaning they don’t have to worry about that element of their trip, but just enjoy their holiday break.”
To find the best UK streets for people, QiT analysed thousands of streets which have six or more holiday accommodation types, looked at the number of establishments on each street, and then looked at which properties have been rated by QiT assessors.
York’s Bootham Crescent was crowned the best street for quality holiday accommodation outlets, followed by Southey Street in Keswick and St Andrews Road in Paignton.