A firm is creating 30 new jobs in its latest venture, which will see a former Newcastle Quayside pub transformed into a dining and drinking area.
Ladhar Leisure has already heavily invested funds into a raft of city centre venues as part of its growth strategy.
The firm has now spent £700,000 turning the former Offshore 44 pub into the Hop & Cleaver – a bar and smokehouse promising meat, cask ales, cocktails and bourbon, creating 30 jobs.
Once part of the Wessex Taverns chain, the historic pub was once hugely popular haunt on the Quayside, renowned for its character and cavern-style bar, but the venue was forced to call time when the popularity of the area waned as a drinking circuit. However, the last year has seen a number of companies plough capital into restaurant, hotel and pub developments in efforts to restore the Quayside’s popularity, with slow-building success.
Hop & Cleaver will become the fourth venue the company opened by Ladhar Leisure, coming hot on the heels of contemporary gin palace Pleased to Meet You, Lady Grey’s and Redhouse, which together support more than 100 jobs.
Barry Ladhar, director of Ladhar Leisure, said the firm has invested more than a £1m on the Quayside in the last year. Ladhar said: “We are delighted to open another quality venue bringing a new concept to the Quayside, which is undergoing something of a renaissance.
“It is creating a real buzz down by the river again, which is great for Tyneside’s very important night-time economy and particularly pleasing for such an iconic part of our city.
“Alongside Redhouse, which is now firmly established as the place for pies and mash, we have invested over £1m on the Quayside.”
The Hop & Cleaver will also host its own brewery, which will produce exclusive cask ales on the premises, with punters being able to see the ales being created and served alongside other craft beers.
The interior has been created by designer, and two time Northern Interior Designer of the Year, Simon McIlwraith of Gateshead’s Collective Design.
He said: “I would like people to walk in and see something they’ve never seen before.
“Ultimately, they should walk away and feel they’ve been part of something special. As a designer, that’s always important.”