Pub operator Greenan Blueaye has invested around £750,000 in plans to create Newcastle’s first brewpub in an innovative partnership with Wylam Brewery.
Dave Stone and Rob Cameron, co-founders of Greenan Blueaye, are spending £500,000 on transforming a Quayside venue into the Bridge Tavern, where the brewery will concoct ales for the new pub on site.
Work has already begun on the pub which will officially open next month, becoming the second venue opened by Greenan Blueaye, coming two years after the opening of the Town Wall in Newcastle’s historic Bewick House.
Stone and Cameron picked the Quayside venue where they believe changes are unfolding to create new opportunities for businesses.
Visitors have gradually moved away from the Quayside to spend time in restaurants and bars closer to the heart of the city, yet Stone believes a very different resurgence is taking place in the area.
“A whole new community is emerging there, so we believe we are creating an opportunity, and this brings a whole new level to the pub industry – we’re delighted to be the city’s first brewpub.
“One of our key goals is to take failed buildings that are licensed or that have been licensed and give them some substance.
“When the building came up for sale, we thought it was a unique spot with an amazing vista. There are a lot of people living in that area who don’t have a decent local, so the Bridge Tavern will give them a neighbourhood pub and eaterie.
“We’re spending £500,000 on the refurbishment and that will include installing all the brewing equipment. Customers will be able to see some of the brewing process on the site and Wylam are bringing their knowledge and expertise.
“Our turnover is healthy, and we never talk profits as we’re a private company, but we haven’t had to borrow anything for this venture, and getting the money back quickly is not a priority. We’re not looking for a quick return, we want to create somewhere that can offer great service and quality.”
Matt Boyle, Wylam’s business development director, said the company will produce their core brands on site as well as many created especially for the Bridge Tavern.
He said: “It feels like a really good fit – Greenan Blueaye are quality operators and they are passionate about proper beer. Having supplied them over a number of years our relationship has grown and as such we put our collective knowledge together to establish Newcastle first fully functional brewpub.
“It is going to be exciting to be able to care for an ale from the very inception of the brew process all the way until it comes out of the pump.
Greenan Blueaye MD Rob Cameron added: “Wylam is a watch word for quality, we are thrilled to be partnering them.”
We’re not looking for a quick return, we want to create somewhere that can offer great service