Salt Market Social set to launch street food and craft beer emporium - here's how to book

A new street food and beer venue is getting ready to welcome its first guests after its launch was delayed by the pandemic.

Pop-up event Salt Market Social will run for the first time from Friday, August 14, to Sunday, August 16, with bookings now open.

Based in the former Cosalt Factory on Liddell Street on the North Shields Fish Quay, it is less than 10 minutes walk from the Shields Ferry landing.

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Visitors on opening weekend will be able to enjoy Mexican food from Lobo Rojo, dishes from Pan Asia, pizzas and loaded fries from Med Head and duck wraps from Hatch 76, as well as sweet treats from La Petit Creperie, while all stalls will offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The former Cosalt Factory, on the Fish Quay in North Shields, where Salt Market Social will be based. Photo by Steve Ellwood.

The bar will feature craft beers from North East breweries including Wylam, Errant, Northern Alchemy and Allendale, while Flash House Brewing Co will serve house beers, with cask ales, locally-produced spirits, wines and ciders also on the list.

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With its launch delayed by the coronavirus, its bosses say the Salt Market Social “will now be one of the most socially distant venues in the region” with a host of measures to keep people safe, including table service.

Space will be available on the day, but booking for a 90-minute table slot is advised.

Two of Salt Market Social's founders, Jim Mawdsley and Barney Miller. Photo by Kathryn Fergus.

Simon ‘Barney’ Miller, one of its founders, said: “The Fish Quay has really changed over the last couple of years and Salt Market Social will be an amazing and distinct addition to what’s rapidly becoming a really vibrant quarter.

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"There’ll be something for everyone – great local street food, drinks from North East breweries and distilleries, and a good music vibe.”

Co-founder Jim Mawdsley added: “After the last few months we all need something to look forward to, and we’ve worked hard to make the space as exciting and safe as possible.”

Its running times will be from 5pm to 11pm on the Friday, noon to 11pm on Saturday, and noon to 6pm on Sunday, with bookings also being taken for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Anyone showing a valid NHS badge or RNLI pager at the door will receive 10% off their group’s booking.

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