Search for new eatery operator for 230-year-old historic building

Jarrow Hall
Jarrow Hall

A call has gone out for a catering entrepreneur to breathe new life into an historic building in South Tyneside.

Groundwork South Tyneside is looking for someone to run a cafe in 18th Century Jarrow Hall - which stands in the grounds of the former Bede’s World Museum in Jarrow.

“This is a great opportunity to run a fantastic business and be part of the hall’s revival.”

Andrew Watts

The charity is currently working to re-open the entire site following its closure in February.

The five-year lease being offered at the Grade II listed mansion is for the use of the ground floor, which includes a kitchen, internal and external seating areas, storage, toilets and a private dining or tea room.

Though previously run as a café, applicants are being urged to put their own stamp on the hall by offering a wide variety of food and drink options - which could include operating the business as a restaurant, and providing corporate catering and private dining.

Groundwork executive director Andrew Watts said: “This is a great opportunity to run a fantastic business and be part of the hall’s revival.

“We are using the term ‘café’, but this is very much open to interpretation. The hall could be used for variety of catering options, styles of cuisine and ambience”

Expressions of interest should be with Groundwork STAN by 5pm on Friday, September 16 by emailing business director Sarah French at sarah.french@groundwork.org.uk.