Top chefs serve up a treat

Jolly Fisherman chef John Blackmore and owner David Whitehead. Photo by Markp.com Photography 2011.
Jolly Fisherman chef John Blackmore and owner David Whitehead. Photo by Markp.com Photography 2011.

ONE of north Northumberland’s most iconic pubs has come under new ownership and is now offering customers a re-vamped menu under the watchful eye of two of the region’s’well-known chefs.

Richard Sim, who has worked at the Baltic and Alnwick Garden, and John Blackmore, formerly of Blackmore’s of Alnwick, have been brought on board by local businessman David Whitehead to help develop the pub’s menu offering.

David, originally from Alnwick, said: “Richard, John and I all feel that there is still a gap in the market for good-quality, locally-sourced pub food in Northumberland.

“If you go to Yorkshire, for example, nearly every village has an award-winning restaurant and that’s our aim with the Jolly Fisherman – to put Northumberland on the map for offering cuisine which is really something special.

“With its spectacular views and stunning coastal walks nearby, the pub is already offering up a feast for the senses. Add to that fresh, locally-sourced food – such as fish from the likes of the famous Robson’s Kipper Sheds – or lobster and crab from one of only two boats that fish out of Craster now and you’ve got, in my opinion, a real recipe for success.”

The pub continues to serve its traditional dishes, such as crab soup and fresh crab sandwiches at lunchtime but now serves meals throughout the evening, recently taking on three new members of staff from Craster.

David added: “It’s an exciting time at the Jolly and we’ve major plans for its future. I’m confident we can take one of the region’s most well-known establishments to a whole new level for our customers, both new and existing.”