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.
New bosses, John Thomas and co-owner Alex Calista, who also run The Mill pub and Italian Kitchen restaurant near Southwick, Sunderland have given the venue a complete overhaul, including the installation of a new kitchen and disabled facilities, making it fully accessible for wheelchair users.
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.
“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.”
The River View Pub and Kitchen is open Monday-Sunday 10am-midnight.