Chef Dan gets gastro pub job

A top chef who has cooked for the stars and at Michelin-starred restaurants has been given the top job at a Cullercoats pub.

Dan Duggan, former head chef at Newcastle’s Blackfriars restaurant, has been appointed by the Malhotra Group to head the gastro pub Sandpiper, in Farringdon Road.

Bosses are hoping Dan can build on the pub’s growing reputation as a food venue.

Dan, 24, from Whitley Bay, said: “In many ways the Sandpiper is very different from the fine dining venues I have worked at previously.

“But in many other ways it is similar. The reason Sandpiper has such a dedicated foodie following is that it offers well cooked, homemade dishes that reflect local and seasonal ingredients.

“The venue has just undergone a full refurbishment so I am joining at an ideal time and I am very excited by the possibilities it offers.”

Malhotra Group’s director of operations Atul Malhotra said: “We are delighted to welcome someone with such a wealth of experience and talent to our team.

“Dan has the experience and the enterprise to really build on the Sandpiper’s reputation and the innovation and energy to inspire his kitchen team to achieve great things.”

The Sandpiper is open from noon until 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Food is served from noon until 9pm from Monday to Saturday and until 4pm on Sundays.

For information, or to make a reservation, call 0191 253 5050 or visit