One of the North East’s best known restaurateurs has expanded his business to run events at two landmark buildings in the region.
Bill Oldfield, who runs Oldfield Eating House in Durham and has previously had eateries in Newcastle and Gateshead, is taking over the catering and events at Seaham Town Hall and Shotton Hall, in Peterlee.
The two buildings, which are owned by their local town councils, are available for hire for weddings, conferences and other events.
Mr Oldfield, a former Journal columnist, said of Seaham Town Hall: “There has been a massive investment in the building and it’s a real asset to the town. The facilities are fantastic and the rooms are very versatile so we’ll be able to host a whole range of events there.
“We’ll also be offering the highest standards of catering with a first class food operation and we know this will be something that will not only bring business to the town hall but also to the town in general.
“Seaham Town Council is to be applauded for making this investment and for creating such an excellent resource.”
Town Council leader Edward Bell said the authority was “delighted to have Oldfields Events on board.”
He added: “The new town hall gives the town a much-needed place to hold events of all kinds and which can bring people and income into the area. We know Oldfields Events will use all their expertise to drive the business forward and that this will be the start of a very successful partnership.”
The company is also supplying catering for events at Peterlee’s Shotton Hall, a long established wedding venue set in 17 acres of gardens, and plans to grow its external catering arm.
Mr Oldfield said: “We’re delighted that Oldfield Events has got off to such a strong starts, with two prestigious clients under its belt.”