Newcastle bar revamped by new operator

David KingA Newcastle upon Tyne bar has been revamped by a new operator and design company headed by a leading figure on the city’s bar scene.

City Tavern in Northumberland Street has reopened after a £250,000 renovation, repositioned as one of the city’s best food-led pubs and restored to its original name after a period trading as LYH.

The project was carried out by new company Bar Hound headed by David King (pictured), who until December 2012 was co-owner of Fluid Group. He was responsible for designing leading Newcastle bars including Barluga, Perdu, Fluid Bar and Mushroom as well as coffee shop chain Central Bean.

The City Tavern renovation was carried out with support from pub company Star Pubs & Bars which has leased the site to Bar Hound. The project has created 15 new jobs.

David said: “It’s been a bit of a challenge to get the work completed but I am absolutely delighted to re-open City Tavern. I’m passionate about providing a venue which has a great atmosphere where people can relax and I’m confident we’ve achieved that.

“Another important aspect of what we offer, in addition to serving craft ales, including our own City Tavern Ale, which has been specially brewed for us, is to serve food using the best local produce available. “

During the renovation project, which included a total internal strip-out, builders found plaster appliqués and hand-blocked wallpaper thought to date back to when the venue, originally opened in 1923, was the popular Carrick’s tea rooms. King is keen to get hold of photographs of the building from that era.

After launching City Tavern, David and the Bar Hound team are now offering design and operation consultancy services to other licensed bar and restaurant business.

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