Delaval Arms, one of the North-East oldest pubs, has appointed David Blackhall as executive chef.
The hire comes as the pub, which dates to the 1700s, has been fully restored by new owners, the Bartlett family and combines “traditional Georgian features” with “modern, Soho House-style chic”.
Blackhall has also revised the venue’s menu, with the pub now serving dishes such as seared scallops with Spanish black pudding, 8oz sirloin steak and chips and wild mushroom and spinach crostini.
Blackhall said: “I had many happy years in Newcastle at the vanguard of the city’s food scene, but I was ready for a new challenge and this is everything I hoped it would be.”
The Delaval Arms is located in Whitley Bay and is open from noon with last orders for food at 8pm Monday to Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday.