Chef aims to bring new dining experience to South Shields pub

The Bridge pub has taken on a new chef Franky Abundo. With owner George Singh
The Bridge pub has taken on a new chef Franky Abundo. With owner George Singh

A South Tyneside pub is gearing up to offer its customers a range of dishes to enjoy along with their pint.

The Bridge, in Wenlock Road, Simonside, has a new addition to its team – chef Franky Abundo.

We have brought in a chef to offer customers a whole new dining experience

George Singh

The chef has come on board as the venue aims to create a new area within the pub for those looking to dine out.

The move comes as George Singh celebrates 15 years of running the bar – formerly known as the Iron Horse, next month.

The pub is part of Premier Leisure, which also owns the Hedworth Hall and other venues in South Tyneside.

The Bridge already serves Sunday carveries, but aims to boost the meals it offers with the help of Franky.

Franky, who is originally from the Philippines, has previously worked at The Tavistock, Bar Blue, Harbour View and the Crabshack.

Mr Singh said: “I took over the pub 15 years ago and there have been a lot of changes to improve it – now we have brought in a chef to offer customers a whole new dining experience. “

A part of the pub will be turned into The Fusion Lounge, where people will be able to enjoy their dining experience.

Manager of the Hedworth Hall in Dean Road, Carl Mowatt, who also runs OTTO restaurant said: “Following on from the success of OTTO within the Hedworth Hall, it was decided to expand the catering to other premises owned by Premier Leisure.

“The Bridge is in the heart of a huge residential area and having Fusion Lounge will give people the chance to dine out without having to travel to the town centre.”

A new menu is in the process of being finalised with a range of dishes with an Asian flair along with traditional English dishes. The pub will also offer a takeaway service – collection only – on meals.

The menu will be available from December 1.