New restaurant offers a taste of Europe

WELCOME ... the new Otto restaurant in South Shields, opened by Carl Mowatt, inset.
WELCOME ... the new Otto restaurant in South Shields, opened by Carl Mowatt, inset.

A NEW restaurant is hoping to bring the taste of Europe to South Tyneside with specially-designed themed nights.

Otto restaurant, based in the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, opened its doors for the first time to the public last week with a special event attended by the Mayoress of South Tyneside, Patricia Ridley.

Managed by Carl Mowatt, it serves up a range of European-inspired dishes catering for both adults and children. In a bid to bring to South Tyneside even more of the taste of the continent, special themed nights will be held on a regular basis, with the first kicking off on Sunday, May 4.

The Greek-themed party night will see restauranters take part in plate-smashing and dancing while enjoying a range of the country’s national dishes.

There will also be monthly live music nights to accompany diners while they eat.

The first will be held on Friday featuring singer Terry Slesser performing hits made famous by Rod Stewart, Amy Winehouse and Journey.

Mr Mowatt said: “The idea behind Otto is to bring the taste of Europe to the people of South Tyneside through our dishes and themed nights.

“Since we’ve opened, we’ve had a good number of people through the doors with really positive feedback. And even though we have only been open a short time, we have seen the same people returning.”

Otto restaurant is run independently of the Hedworth Hall, and has its own team of chefs and waiting staff.

The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from noon until 8pm, with a traditional carvery served on Sundays.

To book a table or for information on forthcoming events, contact 456 3112 or 497 5941 or visit

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