A new riverside restaurant is set to open its doors later this year.
Popular Newcastle pizza restaurant The Herb Garden has unveiled plans for a new harbourside establishment at Royal Quays Marina in North Shields.
It was one of several companies interested in the premises in the Albert Edward Dock and aims to open in September.
The deal was put together thanks to help from Newcastle-based chartered surveyor and property consultancy Sanderson Weatherall.
Quay Marinas’ managing director, Simon Haigh, said: “Our vision was to attract a high-quality restaurant or café venture to the marina and in The Herb Garden we feel we are getting the best of both worlds.
“With its penchant for quirky design and its delicious menu, it’s a fantastic fit for us and we are sure that it will prove to be popular with diners thanks to its waterfront location and our established visitor base.”
Richard Marks, one of the co-founders of The Herb Garden said: “We’re thrilled to be expanding The Herb Garden out to a nautical setting while continuing to run our existing restaurant in Newcastle.
“We hope we can put our mark on what is already a beautiful and unique environment.”
Sanderson Weatherall was appointed by Quay Marinas specifically to bring a restaurant or café to the site to enhance the facilities on offer and cement the Albert Edward Dock’s reputation as a leading leisure attraction.
Mark Convery, surveyor at Sanderson Weatherall’s Newcastle office, said: “The Herb Garden has become a well-established restaurant operator within Newcastle City Centre over previous years and to have acquired its second premises’ at Royal Quays Marina emphasises the growing ambition Richard and his business partners, Ryan Darrington and Lucy Clinch, have to drive the business forward.
“This was a unique development opportunity that will attract a variety of audiences to the Marina and hopefully make it flourish to its full potential.”
In addition to attracting thousands of tourists each year, the Royal Quays Marina has a current capacity for 350 berths plus 100 boats ashore, with the potential to accommodate 500 berths.
It is an established destination for yachts and motorboats from the UK and overseas, with regular cruises from Holland, Denmark, France and Germany.
There are over 1,000 residential properties on the Royal Quays site, with works due to commence on the adjoining Smiths Dock development imminently, which will bring a further 800 homes to the area and provide improvements to transport links.