Master Chef finalist John Calton set to run North Shields pub

The New Dolphin pub in North Shields will be turned  from a run-down drinkers' pub into a destination food pub to be renamed Staith House

James Laffen, John Calton and his wife Kimberley at the New Dolphin pub
James Laffen, John Calton and his wife Kimberley at the New Dolphin pub

Star Pubs & Bars, Heineken’s pub business, is to invest £932,304 over the next three months in six pub refurbishments on Tyneside.

Work has started on a £291,000 refurbishment of The New Dolphin on Fish Quay in North Shields, turning it from a run-down drinkers’ pub into a destination food pub to be renamed Staith House, which will be run by Michelin star Master Chef finalist John Calton and his business partner James Laffen. Other pubs benefiting from investment include The Marquis of Granby in Sunniside and the Pelaw Inn in Gateshead, The Peacock in Kenton, LYH in Northumberland Road and The Victory in Gosforth.

Star Pubs & Bars trading director Chris Jowsey said: “It’s a tough time to run a pub with more and more people spending less time and money in pubs. To reverse this trend and be successful in today’s market, pubs must improve their offering to customers and this means investing in pubs to create a welcoming and relevant environment to all customers. Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub.”

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