Michelin Guide entry is restaurant’s birthday treat

David Kennedy's River Caf�
David Kennedy's River Caf�

A NEWLY established restaurant on North Shields’ Fish Quay has won an entry into the prestigious Michelin Guide 2013.

The team at David Kennedy’s River Café had only just celebrated the eaterie’s first birthday when they were told it has been given a Bib Gourmand – awarded to establishments that serve good food at a moderate price.

The Bell Street restaurant is one of only two in the region that have been awarded a Bib Gourmand in this year’s guide officially launched tomorrow (Friday) – the other being Terry Laybourne’s Broad Chare in Newcastle.

River Café is run by David – who also has a restaurant at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory and is about to open a third on Vallum Farm in Northumberland – in partnership with Paul Scott and Michelle Dickie.

David, a former North East Chef of the Year, said: “What a fantastic accolade and an incredible first birthday present for River Café to receive a Bib Gourmand. It is a great achievement for the whole team.

“We have always known that River Café is special, and this award is, quite literally, the icing on our birthday cake.

“It shows the hard work, commitment, dedication and consistency shown by everyone involved with River Café has really paid off.

“It’s a really big pat on the back for an incredible team who deserve every bit of acclaim that comes their way.”