The project is being led by local restaurateur David Whitehead, in partnership with Star Pubs and Bars, who also owns the Jolly Fisherman pub in Craster and Plough Hotel in Alnwick.
Head chef Adam Hegarty will oversee the restaurant’s kitchen, creating seasonal food made using fresh seafood and locally sourced produce.
Prior to his latest position Hegarty, originally from Devon, has 18 years’ industry experience including a stint at London’s Claridge’s in his early career, and later heading up Wynard Hall and The Baltic’s Six Restaurant.
“It’s really exciting to be taking on the head chef role at this new venture, which will bring a contemporary addition to Newcastle’s iconic Quayside,” commented Hegarty.
“Our food will be a true reflection of locally sourced produce at its best, with fresh fish from local boats and game from Northumberland. I’m looking forward to life in the kitchen and working with my new team to create some amazing dishes.”
The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay will open its doors seven days a week, for coffee and pastries from 9am, serving food until 10pm, with a midnight closing time.
Mr Whitehead, owner of The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay, said: “We have worked hard to bring to life the Quayside’s newest casual dining spot and I’m thrilled to have secured such a talented and well respected head chef.
“Adam’s passion for cooking with fresh fish and locally sourced produce to create top quality seafood dishes goes hand-in-hand with what The Jolly Fisherman on the Quay is all about and I’m looking forward to seeing the restaurant full of happy diners enjoying our food, whether it be couples, families, friends or groups.
“We will be open in the morning for coffee and pastries, for lighter bites during lunchtime, and casual dining in the evening, offering rustic dishes and a great selection of drinks.”
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