A new restaurant has opened after a £50,000 refit which has secured 16 jobs.
Coast Kitchen and Bar has opened in Front Street, Tynemouth, in the former Lui’s Wine Bar and Bistro.
It is the brainchild of John Sproats and sister-in-law Rachel Errington who wanted to open a business in their home village.
They have secured the services of well-known chef Rob Arnold, 28, following his return after an award-winning 12 month spell in Vancouver, Canada.
Coast Kitchen and Bar’s emphasis is on serving delicious, fresh, seasonal, home cooked, and locally sourced healthy food, inspired by America’s west coast.
John, 43, said: “Our slogan is ‘eat well, feel well, be well’.
“Coast Kitchen and Bar is not about making you feel guilty. It’s about taking the guilt out of food with a menu where every ingredient matters and that everyone can enjoy whether you’re a fitness fanatic, keeping an eye on your weight, want to eat more healthily, or just love delicious home cooked fare.
“You’ll still find hearty mains, fishy seaside classics, sharing platters, tempting puddings, seasonal salads, and blackboard specials.
“But there are healthy and energy-packed breakfasts to start your day, creative lunches that offer fantastic flavour combinations but are low on fat, exotic suppers, and plenty of delicious guilt-free snacks.”
Rachel, 34, added: “The idea is you can dine out with family or friends in a relaxing bistro-style environment and indulge while still being good.”
“The key is using fresh, seasonal, natural ingredients, that don’t contain any nasty surprises or additives, and that are grown, reared, and made with care by people who share our values.
“We believe you are what you eat, and if you put good things in to your body, you will feel healthier.”
Delicacies include seaweed salted organic popcorn; smashed avocado and pickled chilli with a poached egg and sour cream served on sourdough bread; Lindisfarne oyster shot with rhubarb and apple granita and horseradish; Crane Row Farm pork belly with white turnips, green onion and apple; North Shields landed hake fillet with white beans, bacon and gem lettuce; and cumin roasted cauliflower with braised cannellini and coriander yoghurt.
In a decade long career Rob has worked at Jesmond Dene House, Irvin’s Brasserie on North Shields Fish Quay, and alongside Michelin-starred chef Kenny Atkinson when he was at Rockliffe Hall near Darlington.
Latterly he was employed at two of Vancouver’s most celebrated restaurants, Pidgin and Blacktail, winning a 2015 ‘best dessert’ accolade for his white chocolate arctic roll with foraged blueberries.
Rob said: “I’m hugely excited to be back working on the coast and to be in at the start of this fantastic new restaurant and bar.
“The focus is on high quality, healthy, home cooked food, served with the minimum of fuss. I’ll be keeping to the seasons and supporting local producers wherever possible.
“There is seafood from North Shields Fish Quay, grass-fed beef, and Northumberland cheeses. Our own Coast Middens Pale Ale is making an appearance in some of the dishes, and I’m looking forward to featuring daily specials inspired by what’s been landed at the fish quay just a mile up the road.
“Ingredients don’t get any fresher, wholesome and local than that.”
The Coast Bar and Kitchen is open 8.30am to 11pm daily. There is also a take-out service called Coast@Home, and a children’s menu is available on request.