A South Tyneside businessman has got his timing just right to snap up a landmark pub in South Tyneside ahead of keen competition.
Tony Singh now plans to invest in a significant refurbishment of the seafront outlet The Sundial, which he has bought for £725,000.
Mr Singh, who also owns the Hedworth Hall, near Westoe, South Shields, and a range of other North East tenanted pubs, pland to rename the pub - The New Sundial.
With the discreet name change comes plans to maintain its family-style entertainment offering which includes bar-room sports.
Mr Singh has appointed Norman Scott, well-known for running the Robin Hood pub in Jarrow, and The Clock, in Hebburn, and Emma Brown, as managers.
Norman said: “The pub will be rebranded as The New Sundial but will be running as normal - with all functions and previous bookings honoured.”
Emma added: “We are also taking bookings for Christmas parties, Christmas Fayre and Christmas Day, and a refurbishment is planned for January.
“If you’re in South Shields, do pop in for a drink.
“We’d love to see you.”
The former Greene King managed pub was sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.
The building sits on Sea Road - just metres from Sandhaven Beach and popular attractions like Ocean Beach Pleasure Park and South Marine Park.
Formerly trading under the Hungry Horse concept, the pub specialises in value family food and drinks.
Its entertainment facilities include pool tables, darts, and a children’s soft play area.
The open-plan lounge and bar can accommodate upwards of 185 guests, and the front patio area 132 people.
The property also boasts a function room, with a balcony area with spectacular sea and beach view, with capacity for around 170 people.
David Cash, business agent at Christie & Co, said: “The Sundial is a well-known pub in the area.
“We immediately received interest from a number of local and regional multi-site operators.
“It is always satisfying to see pubs sold for ongoing use.
“I wish Tony Singh and managers Norman and Emma the best of luck in making a success of The New Sundial.”