New venue making its mark in Tynemouth

David Dignan, Barca Artbar and venue owner; Jess Gray, bar manager; Nico Duhil, head chef; and Marty Smith, events manager. Picture by John Millard.
David Dignan, Barca Artbar and venue owner; Jess Gray, bar manager; Nico Duhil, head chef; and Marty Smith, events manager. Picture by John Millard.

A new venue is aiming to make its mark at the coast.

Barca Artbar & Venue, in Front Street, Tynemouth, has been refurbished by owner David Dignan.

Originally the restaurant above Barca Artbar, it now offers a space for a wide range of events seven days a week, including live music, film screenings, exhibitions, conferences, seminars, private parties, comedy nights and more.

In the past few months, the team has been running its own series of Expo Nights – DJ evenings programmed by Barca Artbar & Venue’s events manager Marty Smith.

He said: “We’ve had some of the biggest names in the DJ world performing here recently and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response and enthusiasm of the audiences.

“This Saturday sees a set by one of the UK’s most prolific DJs – Allister Whitehead.

“We’re finding that our supporters can’t get enough of these evenings and there are plenty more big names to be announced right up until December.”

Also on board with the new venture is French chef Nico Duhil, who learned his trade working in many Michelin-starred restaurants throughout France for more than 10 years.

Food will be served at Barca Artbar & Venue from Thursday to Sundays and Nico will also chef for private parties and functions.

Nico said: “David has given me free reign to design the menu, which is a chef’s dream and I’m really excited about it.

“I will be using seasonal, fresh and mostly homegrown ingredients where possible.”

“We’ll also be offering sweet and savoury crêpes and galettes, which are a speciality of mine!

“I really enjoy making vegetarian and vegan food and I’m very interested in the concept of ‘clean’ cooking and eating but with a French twist.

“There will certainly be something to please all palates.”

For more information on Barca Artbar & Venue visit www.barcaart.co.uk or their Facebook page at BarcaArtbar & Venue.