Published on October 29th, 2013 | by Alastair Gilmour0
Shiremoor House Farm – quarter century down on the farm
Fitzgerald’s on Grey Street, Newcastle, may be entitled to be called the Sir John Fitzgerald (SJF) Group’s newest pub following a massive refurbishment, but the couple running another one in the 21-strong estate are celebrating 25 years continuous service.
Bill and Sheena Kerridge at the Shiremoor House Farm on Middle Engine Lane in North Shields are constantly delighted at the way the pub has developed over the years. And they should know, they have been there from day one – November 4 1988.
Quarter of a century is quite an achievement for a pub management team and all credit goes to the passionate way they have nurtured the business over that time.
Shiremoor House Farm is a huge, tastefully converted farm building featuring exposed stonework, original beams, glazed granary, covered terrace and beer garden. It has won more than just architectural awards for its conversion, it’s been noted in the likes of Camra publications and the the Egon Ronay Guide for its consistently high food standards (classic British meals, changing daily, prepared with fresh, local ingredients), plus its reputation for quality wine and perfectly conditioned cask ales.
Sunday lunches, too, are always popular in the pub, making a real family day out.
Bill Kerridge says: “The 25 years have absolutely flown. Sheena and I are really looking forward to celebrating this milestone with customers old and new.”