The quay to success

Formerly a rundown dockside pub called the Dolphin frequented by local fishermen, the Staith House on Fish Quay, North Shields, is now an award-winning food pub. The pub was developed by husband and wife team John and Kimberley Calton and business partner James Laffan.

The Staith House fits in nicely to a regenerated quayside of pubs, restaurants, cafes and bars which line the waterfront.

As you’d expect, the menu is heavy on fish which is carefully chosen for the menu when it is at its freshest. The menu also features locally sourced game and meat selected according to the season.

Charcuterie is made on-site, as is the cream cheese and ice cream; bread is freshly baked each morning and fish smoked over apple wood chips in the Staith House smoker.

The 60-cover Staith House is in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastro pubs list and has won several awards since opening, including Best Newcomer at the Cateys and Best Food Pub of the Year in the 2015 Great British pub Awards.

The pub hosts four guest chef nights throughout the year in its newly refitted kitchen. These have proved popular with the locals.

Refurbishment of the pub was done in a sympathetic way, using a lot of recycled materials. As you would expect there are many nods to the area’s maritime heritage in the pub’s décor.

The kitchen had to fit into a tight space, which proved a challenge to be met and overcome.

Grande Cuisine was delighted to be involved in the project. We supplied a modular 800 Series CAPIC cook line comprising two open gas burners on a cupboard base. A single electric solid top was included on another cupboard base with doors. This was complemented with a double electric solid top on 2/1Gn sized oven base and a double radiant hob on an open cupboard base.