Landmark South Shields pub, formerly The Riverside, reopens after months of renovations

A landmark South Shields pub has reopened under its new owners after months of renovations.

Monday, 11th November 2019, 11:28 am
Updated Thursday, 14th November 2019, 1:07 pm

The River View Pub and Kitchen, formerly The Riverside, at South Shields’ historic Mill Dam, opened its doors on Wednesday, November 6, following a complete update inside and out.

The Riverside, once a key part of the area’s bustling pub scene, had been closed for 18 months after undergoing several reincarnations over the years since its peak as a real ale outlet in the 1990s.

The pub had been due to reopen in June, but was delayed for several months while the owners waited to be granted planning permission for an updated licence to serve food and alcohol at the premises.

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Owners John Thomas and Alessandro Calista at the new River View Pub & Kitchen, Mill Dam.

They have added a second-floor veranda, offering views over the river, while the interior has been redecorated throughout with modern wooden furnishings, all handmade on site.

Mr Thomas has a history of success with pubs and restaurants in the borough, having previously developed the Lakeside pub at Monkton among others.

“I’ve wanted to buy this building for 15 years so when I saw it was up for sale I couldn’t resist the opportunity,” he said.

River View Pub & Kitchen opens at the former Riverside pub, Mill Dam

“Previously the venue hasn’t had the space or facilities to be able to offer food and disabled access, but I’m very proud of the facilities we have here now.”

He added: “There's not many places like it, I think it’s going to be one of the ‘in’ places to go in South Shields.”

The River View will be offering relaxed, informal drinking and dining seven days a week, with a menu created by Mr Calista.

He said: “There is a little Italian influence, but it’s mostly contemporary British food all freshly made. We have introduced some small plates for sharing and a great lunch time offering too.”

River View Pub & Kitchen opens at the former Riverside pub, Mill Dam

The River View Pub and Kitchen is open Monday-Sunday 10am-midnight.

River View Pub & Kitchen opens at the former Riverside pub, Mill Dam
River View Pub & Kitchen opens at the former Riverside pub, Mill Dam
River View Pub & Kitchen opens at the former Riverside pub, Mill Dam