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A new addition to Seaham’s bustling harbour town is this fancy stylish bar and restaurant that opened in August 2023. It is situated among all the popular shops, cafes and chip shops on this touristy high street along the beachfront. This bar is also owned by the same people who opened Hidden In Sunderland.

The décor inside this bar is very unique and stylish. This venue is quite a long indoor space with many different places to sit and drink or eat. It has two bars, the first one near the front in the first main room where there are several tables to sit at. The second bar area is straight down as you continue walking forward after entering the main door. On the way to the second bar you pass more seats including some booth seats to your right and smaller tables to the left in the long narrow passage-type room. Then the second bar is immediately to your left fully-rigged with draught pumps armed with many different styles of lagers and craft beer.

This bar area then opens out to a larger lounge seating area with a combination of bar stools at a raised table in the middle and booths to the left and right hand side and at the back of the room is where the entertainment takes place on a little stage.

Fireplace at Hidden On The Harbour Bar & Restaurant in Seaham

Image taken by Aiden Dawson

 

Why you should visit this bar and restaurant in Seaham

There are so many reasons why we recommend visiting this bar and restaurant in Seaham. Not only is it accessible, but it also has the finest food and cocktails available.

Food and drink

The drinks served at the bar include an array of craft beers, ciders and other lagers on draught. Atlantic Pale Ale, Staropramen and Madri are some of the best draught lagers/beers. They also serve tonic via an infusing machine that instils the florals into the tonic as it’s dispensed. Where else can you get a gin & tonic like that?

As well as tonics, they also have a similar machine that dispenses cider with precisely-measured amounts of fruit flavour into the cider as it’s poured.

You can buy freshly-mixed cocktails made by expert mixologists and there is also a a selection of pre-mixed cocktails served on tap.

They do also serve wine including the finest red wines. Soft drinks including Pepsi Maxx and lemonade. And you can also buy a hot drink including filter coffee, latte, cappuccino and tea.

Their menu includes a wide combination of fantastic meals. Sunday roast dinners with everything including the Yorkshire Pudding all homemade. Cooked breakfasts including bacon and sausage buns, Full English with hashbrowns and black pudding. Lunch meals including homemade soups, burgers in brioche buns, paninis of different fillings and classic homemade pie, chips and beans. Delicious stone-baked pizzas made to order. Sweet snacks and desserts including a chocolate banoffee ball to go with your coffee. Other desserts including home-baked muffins, scones.

They do a separate menu for kids which includes dishes like pizza and fries or hotdogs.

So, whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a breakfast out, a cuppa and snack, dine fine for a special occasion, or just have a fun night out on the drink. Hidden On The Harbour is the best bar and restaurant to go to in Seaham.

Entertainment and events

There is always something happening at Hidden, whether it’s a live DJ or gig. On a Saturday night they usually have a disco after 7pm taking place in the bar room at the back. Other live entertainment includes guest vocalists singing popular music of different genres. live sports playing all the big matches to watch your favourite team over a pint and meal. Rock bands and live musicians.

Other special events include afternoon tea offers on special occasions including Mother’s Day. There are other ticketed events including Bottomless Brunch which includes unlimited house spirits and cocktails with loaded fries and tacos.

Click here to follow their Facebook page where they post the latest events coming up.

Location

Hidden On The Harbour is located in a busy area of Seaham, surrounded by many other bars and restaurants. It’s the perfect place to tie into a pub crawl. Right next door to Downey’s Fish & Chips and further along, you’ve got other bars including Port Of Call and Dempsey’s Bar, and other cafes including Cream Of Seaham and Leaf, Bark & Berries. And other restaurants including Humbles, and the Indian restaurant Ashoka.

As well as all the other hospitality venues, this bar is actually the closest to the Seaham Harbour Marina where there are more cafes and shops right down by the sea harbour. Hidden is also closest to the main beach, literally just a few-minutes’ walk.

Hidden On The Harbour is walking distance from the Byron Place Shopping Centre and the Asda supermarket as well as Costa Coffee, Bell’s Fish & Chips and Aldi supermarket. Another Seaham night-out hotspot is Church Street where you have the Hat & Feathers Wetherspoons and many other shops and pubs that is also round the corner from Hidden On The Bar.

It is a perfect location for a day out or a night out in Seaham.

Accessibility

This bar and restaurant in Seaham has decent accessibility points that make it a friendly place for autistic people and people with physical disabilities to visit.

Wheelchair access

Getting into the venue is no problem at all for wheelchairs, the entrance doesn’t have any steps and the doorway is just wide enough to pass through. It can get a little cramped when busy, but there is plenty of walking space going down the full length of the venue. There are low tables easy for wheelchair users to sit at.

Toilet facilities

There is a disabled toilet located around the corner from the bar at the back. There are separate male and female toilets just to the left before you get to the second bar. Baby changing facilities are also available.

Inclusive menu

Their menu includes a massive choice of meals so there will definitely be something for people of all tastes and preferences. There will also be meals suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets as well as some gluten-free options too. You can ask staff for allergy information.

As well as their main menu, they offer a separate menu for children with reasonable portion sizes and snacks.

Seating space

The seating throughout the venue is suitable for people with different physical needs. Including soft upholstered chairs, seats that are low-height and stools that are taller with no backrests. The chairs can be moved around, but the stools cannot be moved for health and safety reasons. The booth seats are comfortable to sit on with the back upright (not slouching) and very wide seating to support the calves.

It may be important to note that there is no outside seating due to the area not having the space at the back. They sometimes have tables and chairs out the front on the pavement.

Atmosphere

The general atmosphere is very vibrant, relaxed and friendly. It can get very busy late on a Friday and Saturday night.  After 7pm, the music gets louder. They play music quietly throughout the day. It can also get busy at lunchtimes on weekends and school holidays.

There are no sudden loud noises or glaringly bright lights. There is soft lighting and different coloured neon lighting. Later at night, they turn some of the lights off so it get’s a bit darker.

Parking

The nearest parking is less than minutes away. The Dock Top car park is the nearest and it’s pay & display on the other side of the mini roundabout, as well as the Green Street car park passed Costa Coffee and the Terrace Green car park further up the North Terrace seafront. All car parks include disabled parking. People can also park down on the Seaham Harbour Marina.

Public transport

There is a bus station interchange right outside Accommodation Seaham just a minute’s walk away from Hidden On The Harbour. The other nearby bus stops include one right outside Aldi. It is a is a fifteen-minute walk to Seaham train station,  via a wide footpath cutting from the station to Aldi.

Conclusion

We definitely recommend giving this bar and restaurant in Seaham a visit. If you found this listing helpful, then why not check out other listings of similar venues in the area including Lickity Split.

Q What time do they stop serving food?

Food is served up until 7pm every day

Q Is it dog friendly?

This venue is not dog friendly but guide dogs are allowed

Q Can I book a table?

It is recommended to book a table in advance during busy times like weekends and school holidays. This can be done over the phone.

Q Can I hire the venue for parties and private events?

This venue can only be booked by tables, if you would like to throw a party then this place is a perfect venue but cannot be booked for private events.

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