'Gin garden' and food trucks revealed in sneak preview of Jarrow's Lakeside Inn outdoor reopening plans ahead of April 12

A ‘gin garden’ and food trucks are among reopening plans revealed by a popular pub and restaurant as the hospitality industry prepares for outdoor openings.

Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:00 am

The Lakeside Inn, near Leam Lane, is set to reopen on April 12, in line with the next stage of the Government’s lockdown exit roadmap, allowing outdoor hospitality.

Carl Mowatt, who runs the Lakeside,said the establishment has added a ‘gin garden’ to its outdoor space as well as a lean-to near the Lake House.

Customers will order through an app that will remain in use when the venue returns to in-door service, expected to be in May.

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The Lakeside Inn is on track to reopen on April 12 for outdoor hospitality, if the Government's roadmap goes ahead as planned.
The Lakeside Inn is on track to reopen on April 12 for outdoor hospitality, if the Government's roadmap goes ahead as planned.

The new-look outdoor space will accommodate around 200 punters in total. Certain areas will be reserved seating only, while other seating sections will operate on a first-come-first-served basis.

“We’re already taking reservations for seating in the Gin Garden,” Mr Mowatt said.

"We want everyone to be safe at the Lakeside, first and foremost. Customers will only be able to come inside to use the toilets and there’ll be safety markings showing people where they can and can’t go.”

Mr Mowatt added that food vans serving Mexican and Greek cuisine will be on site over the coming weeks and that the venue would look to bring back its ‘Jarrow Tapas’ on Sundays in April.

The Lakeside Inn manager Carl Mowatt with takeaway food van 'Don't You Know I'm Loco' owners Gav Gates and Peter Steventon (R)

“We’re really excited to finally get up and running,” said Hebburn resident Gav Gates, who will be running the Mexican food truck – which begins service at a Lakeside charity event this evening.

“This will be the first time we’re trying out the service – there’s nothing really like it in South Tyneside, as far as we’re aware, so hopefully it should do really well and tie in nicely with things reopening for the summer.

"The lads preparing the food have 15 years’ experience, we all have a real passion for Mexican food and we’re just looking forward to hearing what people think at this point.”

The Lakeside boss also thanked customers for the ‘loyalty’ he says they have shown throughout the past 12 months.

Customers will need to book in advance to reserve seating at the Lakeside's new outdoor 'gin garden'

"As ever, we’re extremely grateful for all the support and the loyalty our customers have shown us in what have been testing times,” Mr Mowatt said.

"We can’t wait to see them all again in person.”

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Seating area at the Lakeside's new outdoor 'gin garden' space.

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Customers will need to book in advance to reserve seating at the Lakeside's new outdoor 'gin garden'.
The Lakeside's new 'gin garden' area includes outdoor heaters.
Carl Mowatt, manager at the Lakeside Inn, speaks about work being done to the venue's outdoor space in preparation for reopening next month.