What an exciting time to be in the pub and brewing business. There’s so much going on you’d be forgiven for not being able to keep up with everything that’s been happening lately.
North Shields, for example, has found itself with a pub that’s been voted one of the tops in the country. The Staith House on the Fish Quay has been nominated Britain’s Best Food Pub by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser – and it doesn’t get much more prestigious than that.
The title normally goes to a gastropub whose chefs have a mantelpiece lined wth industry rosettes and stars, so for John and Kimberley Calton and James Laffan, it’s a dream come true.
And Wylam Brewery’s dream of opening a new brewery and visitor centre at the former Palace of Arts in Newcastle’s Exhibition Park has been given the green light.
A two-year search for new premises that would reflect the breadth and scope of the Northumberland brewery’s ambitions was given the nod by Newcastle City Council.
Like everything we strive for, it’s particularly satisfying to get to the point of success where we can say “the hard work starts here”.
This month we’ve got another great issue for you. As normal, it’s been great getting out and about and meeting readers who really engage with the publication. You seem to get almost as much enjoyment reading Cheers that we do putting it together.
So, here’s to North East pubs breweries and customers – you’re all the best in Britain!
Editor, Cheers North East