7th October 2015

Heineken owned Star Pubs & Bars and North East Pub Operator, the Leamside Ale Company, are investing in a £275k refurbishment of the Red Kite on Spa Well Road at Winlaton Mill, Blaydon-on-Tyne, to restore it to its former glory as a great quality traditional pub serving outstanding food.

The Red Kite will close on 5th October and is expected to reopen in mid November with the revamp creating 20 new jobs across the bar and kitchen areas.

The project is part of a £3.7 million investment in its pubs in Newcastle and the surrounding area by Star Pubs & Bars in 2015.

The Red Kite will be the Leamside Ale Company’s fifth pub* in the North East and owner Daryl Frankland, says he is determined to bring the group’s award winning  standards to the tired local to transform it into an asset for the community once again.

As well as completely redecorating and refurnishing the pub, work will include installing a new kitchen, creating different dining areas, adding a barista quality coffee offer complete with comfortable seating and installing new toilets. “The Red Kite will be unrecognisable when we’ve finished and much more comfortable and cosy,” promises Frankland.

Outside the Red Kite will be carefully renovated and planting will be undertaken at the front to turn it into an attractive feature on the A694. New furniture will be added to the garden to make it a welcoming spot for walkers on the Derwent Walk. Dogs will receive a warm welcome too.

Food will become a major feature at the Red Kite with the emphasis on providing restaurant quality food at affordable pub prices. “As at our other pubs, we’ll make all our meals using fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. And, with the exception of our bread and ice-cream, everything from the chips to the sauces, will be made from scratch on the premises,” says Frankland.

Having won CAMRA’S North East pub of the year at the Kings Arms in Sunderland three times as well as at the Saltgrass in Sunderland which he had for 20 years, Frankland is also keen to put the Red Kite on the map for its beer. There will be a choice of six cask ales on tap and Heineken’s SmartDispense technology will be installed to ensure consistently great quality.

Says Chris Jowsey, trading director at Star Pubs & Bars, “The Leamside Ale Company has been delivering great standards, great food and great service to North East pub goers for many years and we’re delighted that they are joining us in reviving the fortunes of the Red Kite.

“Food is critical to success for pubs and our ambition is that 50% of our sales will come from food by 2020, so it is great to be working with a pub operator that is so strong in this area.”

* The Leamside Ale Company’s pubs include: the Three Horseshoes at Leamside, the Kings Arms in Sunderland, the Royal George at Old Shotton Village and the Courtyard In Washington.