New bar The Novelist set to open in South Shields at site of former coffee shop Aldermans

A popular South Shields coffee shop which sadly closed its doors after more than a decade in the town is set to begin a new chapter when it reopens as a pub.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 3:47 pm
Updated Saturday, 14th December 2019, 11:47 am
The Novelist pub is due to open in the former Aldermans coffee house building, Market Square.

Aldermans Coffee House in the Market Place, sadly ceased trading after coming to the difficult decision to not sign another 10 year lease.

The business, which was run by husband and wife team Ewan and Louise Murray for 12 years, served its last meals and drinks to customers on Friday, October 4.

And now the premises are being in the process of transformed into a pub called The Novelist, with a sign displaying its new name now placed onto the front of the venue.

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The Novelist pub is due to open in the former Aldermans coffee house building, Market Square.

It comes after the building was bought by its landlords EI Publican Partnerships, who then passed it onto Craft Union pub company.

But Aldermans has since confirmed that it has no plans for a new venture.

Thanking the public for their support over the years, owners Ewan and Louise Murray said: “We’re very sorry to have left all our friends and customers after more than 12 happy years in there.

The Novelist pub is due to open in the former Aldermans coffee house.

“The decision was to sell while we still had a few years left on the lease, as we didn’t want to sign for another ten years.”

Workers can be seen putting the finishing touches to the new The Novelist pub which is due to open in the former Aldermans coffee house building in Market Square.