All change at Fenwick

Blagdon Farm Shop has left its highly successful retail unit at Fenwick Food Hall in Newcastle following an internal decision by Fenwick to open a combined butchery and grill restaurant. Ko Sai restaurant will also close.

The new venture – Porterhouse Butcher and Grill, operated by Terry Laybourne’s 21 Hospitality Group – will offer casual butcher’s counter dining and restaurant seating when it opens in August, stocking and serving meat from specialist producers.

Jo Celerier from Blagdon Farm Shop said: “We are disappointed to be leaving, but we respect Fenwick’s wishes and wish their new venture well. Fenwick’s management have made it very clear that this decision has nothing to do with us – it is simply an internal decision to take the business in a different direction.” The Blagdon Farm Shop, Butchery and Bakehouse at the Milkhope Centre, seven miles north of Newcastle stocks a wide range of quality local produce, including its famous 28-day dry-aged Great Taste Award Winning Belted Galloway beef, handmade pies and quiches, and fresh local fruit and vegetables.

The new Porterhouse Butcher and Grill, meanwhile, follows the counter dining formula which has proved a success at 21 Hospitality Group’s Saltwater Fish Co, also at Fenwick.

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