Briar Dene – Future proofed with state-of-the-art cook line

Briar Dene in Whitley Bay, part of the Sir John Fitzgerald Group which runs 15 establishments across the North-East region, has recently installed a CAPIC 800 series cook line. The installation was part of a major refurbishment of the pub following a fire. The project was completed in conjunction with CNG Foodservice.

The cook line includes ‘eco-flame’ open gas burners. CAPIC was selected for its versatility, value and modular design. Investment in state-of-the-art catering equipment will ensure that the Briar Dene will be compliant with any regulations for many years to come.

CAPIC delivers a comprehensive range of products including gas open burners and solid tops. It also provides electric cooking tops, plancha, grills and griddles, fryers, bratt pans and boiling pans as well as base units such as cupboards, ovens and stands.

The wide variety of products for food preparation and cooking, distribution and reheating give high quality catering establishments like Briar Dene the versatility to offer a wide range of options for their customers. CAPIC’s versatility, value and modular design make it a solid choice for the design and delivery of both gas and electric cooking environments.

The décor of the pub takes its design cues from its coastal location and sea food features strongly on the menu. The kitchen was enlarged to enable the pub to offer an extended menu including locally caught fish. Also featured are a seafood counter and a takeaway option.

Diners can order from the bar and sit anywhere in the 210-cover restaurant. A more formal table service is also available. A ‘Captain’s Table’ can be booked for private dining and special occasions.

Designed by Newcastle-based architectural practice, JDDK Architects, the scheme involved the total internal refurbishment of the Briar Dene into a family restaurant and pub with a Fish Bar for take-away meals to the rear. Extensions dating from the 1950s and 1960s were demolished to restore the pub to its original form. State-of-the-art catering facilities and a new plant room were then installed. A new manager’s apartment and storage areas are located on the first floor.

Externally, a veranda and a timber effect to the first floor have recreated the clapboard style of New England seaside properties.

Enjoying a sea-facing location on the Links, the pub had closed in early 2015 for an intended refurbishment but was then severely damaged by fire in August 2015 in a setback that delayed the project.

The £1.6 million conversion and refurbishment had to be completed to a tight deadline so that the pub could open in time for the Spring Bank Holiday. Briar Dene is now a welcome addition to the North East family restaurant sector.