Builder goes back to the kitchen in new venture

Andy King has taken over The Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station
Andy King has taken over The Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station

A chef turned builder has gone back to his roots after taking over a Northumberland restaurant.

Andy King trained with top London chefs Ian Curran and Peter Wilson and worked as a chef at Wansbeck Hospital, before setting up his own construction, property development and maintenance business A King and Company.

The business celebrated its tenth anniversary last year with an expansion into new premises and new recruits, and now Mr King has also taken on The Junction Restaurant and Sidings Bar in Widdrington Station.

He said: “I live in Widdrington and when The Junction came on the market it was the ideal opportunity to combine my twin passions for great food and great buildings.

“We’re already building up a reputation for good food, thanks to our policy of using only the best local ingredients and the new twists we’ve put on some classic UK and US dishes.”

The restaurant specialises in pulled pork, American-style burgers and a foot long chilli cheese Coney hotdog, with all meat and fish sourced from Northumberland. At weekends, it serves from breakfast through to the evening.

Mr King is holding fund-raising nights at the venue, and around £2,000 will be shared between the Royal British legion, Help For Heroes and True Heroes Riding, a charity for former services’ personnel riding British superbikes.

“This is something close to my heart,” he said.