Barker and Stonehouse has teamed up with Newcastle’s Oak restaurant to launch its first in-store café in the North.
Oak at Social Fuel has opened this weekend in the Newcastle store, with menu highlights including super-food salads, open salmon and prawn sandwiches, and a soon-to-come champagne afternoon tea.
Situated on the first floor of the Leazes Park Road store, the café affords views across the Strawberry Hill area from the large, curved windows and feature lounge-seating, a café section and bar/deli area.
Obviously furnished with Barker and Stonehouse wares and designed by head stylist (and Journal Homemaker columnist) Claire Hornby, the café is a great place to relax, refuel and revive, with free wi-fi and a wide range of drinks, snacks and light lunches.
Store manager Jill Marriott said: “We’ve been planning to launch an in-store café and lounge at the store for some time and are thrilled to be collaborating with such a great, well-known local business as Oak.”
Oak owners Dawn and Ross Arceri are long-established restaurateurs having been behind several well-known ventures including Uno’s Trattoria, Scalinis and Roscos, before setting up Oak.
This is the first venture for the Oak brand outside of their flagship venue in Milburn House, Dean Street, which opened in June 2011.
Dawn said; “We’re really excited to be working with Barker and Stonehouse to launch Oak at Social Fuel in the Newcastle store. The menu offers great variety and we’re working with several local companies including Ringtons for all our tea and coffee, the French Oven for our breads and cakes, Taylor Seafood of South Shields and local butcher Butterworths for our meat.
“We’re also getting a fantastic selection of Spanish produce from buyer Alejandro Marzana Hawrylak including chorizos, olives, and a selection of cheese and wine.”