Newcastle city centre pub benefits from major £250K investment

Work has begun on a massive £250K refurbishment of Newcastle pub, LYH, located off Northumberland Street.  Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars, and lessees, Bar Hound, are jointly investing the funds in transforming the mainstream pub into a landmark city centre food led bar and open kitchen.

Set to open in March, the bar will be renamed City Tavern which was its original name when the building became a bar in 1971.  The new look will be light and airy with emphasis placed on style and comfort.  Décor will be a paired back, traditional urban look seen in the latest London and New York eateries with sumptuous fixtures and fittings.  Changes to the site include a reconfiguration of the seating areas to provide a mix of fixed seating and cosy booths.

City Tavern is the first site for Bar Hound which, as well as running bars, is a licensed trade and leisure design company founded by local entrepreneur David King. King sold his previous leisure business, Fluid Group, which ran Newcastle city centre coffee houses, gastro-pubs and bars including  Barluga, Central Bean, Perdu and Fluid Bar in early 2013.

He said of plans for City Tavern:  “Situated right in the heart of Newcastle and with capacity for 450 people, this multi level venue is going to be a great destination for people to meet for excellent coffee and cask ale and to enjoy some of the best locally sourced home cooked food in the city.  As well as a place that people will want to eat and drink in, it will be a showcase for Bar Hound’s design expertise.”

Says Chris Jowsey, trading director of Star Pubs & Bars:  “We’re delighted that David with his wealth of experience of running successful bars, restaurants and coffee houses has taken on City Tavern and that together we are investing in its long term future.  Pubs like this need ongoing investment to ensure they continue to appeal to customers and their fast changing tastes and needs.  HEINEKEN is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is committed to investing in its Star Pubs & Bars estate.  This year we will be investing more than ever in upgrading our pubs, creating jobs and places that people want to visit. We now own around 1,285 pubs like City Tavern, the majority of which are operated by small independent businesses who need funding like this to continue to innovate and operate to the best of their ability.”