Restaurant takes on a new vibe after years out of use

The new Thai Vibe restaurant on Narrowgate.
The new Thai Vibe restaurant on Narrowgate.

A new restaurant is set to open in Alnwick this week after years as an empty venue.

The Thai Vibe Cafe is in the former Narrowgate Restaurant and while its new owners have taken some time to get it off the ground, it is hoped that it will be a huge success.

Formerly Sims the eatery, the premises were taken over two-and-a-half years ago.

It will open on Friday and Saturday this weekend with a formal opening next Thursday.

As the name suggests, it will serve authentic Thai food, with a menu created by a Thai chef.

Owner William McKeag described the venue as being an informal dining cafe.

He said: “It will be the real McCoy and we will use fresh produce in our dishes.

“We’re looking forward to opening in Alnwick. We’ve spent a lot of time on it and we really need it to do well.”

The restaurant will run a limited menu to start while the owners look for a new full-time member of staff.

And for those who like an alcoholic drink with their meals, it will be a case of bring your own while the alcohol licence is applied for.

Alnwick town and county councillor Gordon Castle said: “It has been out of use for a long time so it is great to see it being brought back to life.

“It is also great to see more choice of food in Alnwick and I think it will appeal to residents and visitors alike.

“It will be very welcome and I hope it does well.

“If it is as good as Thai food can be, it deserves to be a success.

“I spent a month travelling in Thailand a few years ago and I’m not a great curry fan, but Thai food is wonderful.

“The ill-fated Three Wise Monkeys had permission for a Thai restaurant and a lot of people were disappointed that it didn’t happen.

“It’ll be nice to have an exotic choice.”