New bistro is on the menu in seaside town

Richard Sim and Martin Charlton outside the soon to be open Old Boatyard eatery in Amble.
Richard Sim and Martin Charlton outside the soon to be open Old Boatyard eatery in Amble.

Two renowned North East chefs have teamed up to open a new bistro in a seaside town, which will pride itself on local produce and create jobs.

Richard Sim and Martin Charlton are behind The Old Boat House, in Amble, which is set to launch in the next week or so.

Located on the harbour, the venue will cater for around 35 covers inside, as well as having an outdoor area.

It will serve up a range of Northumbrian produce, specialising in fish.

And the pair are keen to employ around 10 people in various roles, including chefs and waiters/waitresses, with both full and part-time positions up for grabs.

Richard said: “This is going to be a new and exciting bistro driven by local produce and the love of Northumberland.

“We want to take advantage of the products, especially the fish, which are right on the doorstep.”

He added: “The location of the building is fantastic, it is right on the harbour wall; I don’t think you could be closer to the sea. We are going for a rustic look.”

Richard and Martin bring with them a wealth of experience.

Richard, 44, from Shilbottle, was executive head chef at The Alnwick Garden a number of years ago.

Foraging expert and chef Martin, 48, from Newcastle, has done outside catering for events such as Glastonbury.

The Old Boat House joins a growing number of restaurants and eateries in Amble, which includes Zecca and Spurreli Boutique Ice-cream.

There have also been talks in the town about turning the former Northumberland Foods factory site into a food hub.

Richard said: “We are excited about opening in Amble.

“I think Amble has got a buzz about it at the moment and the town itself is becoming a little food hub.”

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