Landlord to oppose plan for new pub

An artist's impression of the new pub / restaurant proposed for Middle Engine Lane.
An artist's impression of the new pub / restaurant proposed for Middle Engine Lane.

A PUB landlord in Wallsend has hit out at plans to build new pub just a few minutes from the establishment he took over less than a year ago.

North Tyneside Council has received a planning application from Greene King Limited to open a Hungry Horse in Middle Engine Lane, just a short walk from where the Jolly Bowman is in Addington Drive.

The application for the new facility says it will be a family friendly pub and restaurant, where the majority of customers will dine, rather than visit solely for a drink.

But David Woods, manager of the Jolly Bowman, said he will object to the plans as they could put him out of business.

He said: “We have spent a lot of money on the pub and a lot of work to get it up to standard.

“We have just signed a five-year lease and have done all our homework about what was around us and so we took a five-year lease.

“We have really worked hard to clean it up, if they put a Hungry Horse there then it will just wipe us out.”

Since taking over the Jolly Bowman in February, the pub has been refurbished and includes a food menu.

If permitted, the new Hungry Horse establishment would be between the Safe Storage Unit and the B&Q Warehouse in Middle Engine Lane and would create ten full-time jobs and 30 part-time roles.

Councillors will make a decision in the new year as to whether Greene King can go ahead with the proposals, which planning documents say will be targeting residents within in a one-mile radius of the site.

A Hungry Horse spokesperson said: “We are excited to be planning a brand new family-friendly Hungry Horse and look forward to investing locally, bringing full and part-time jobs to the area.”

The currently vacant site would include an external play area and ancillary residential accommodation, 83 car parking spaces, landscaping and ancillary works.

It proposes to be open between 11am and 11pm, except for Fridays and Saturdays where it would be open until midnight.