Blacks Corner aiming to breathe new life into Seaburn

East Boldon’s award-winning Blacks Corner delicatessen could bring its distinct flavour to Sunderland’s seaside, if its plans to reimagine a Seaburn heritage building are backed by the council.

The team behind Blacks are working on bringing their farm-to-table experience to the former Tram Shelter, one of three historic buildings being revamped as part of a £850,000 investment from Sunderland City Council and The Coastal Communities Fund.

Blacks Corner founders Jonathan Dryden and Chris Lowden, who launched their South Tyneside eatery and wine bar in 2017, have been listed as the preferred occupiers of the Seaburn Tram Shelter and will submit proposals to the council for listed building consent.  With nominations for Northern Design Awards and Bar & Restaurant Design Awards under their belt, they are now utilising their building partnership, End Developments, to draw up plans with local residents to design detailed proposals for the space. The designs will be sympathetic to the history of the shelter, while creating an attractive addition to the seaside offer.

Celebrating local and home-grown British farm produce through its menu of cheese and charcuterie, Blacks Corner has not just grown a reputation for the quality of its offer but also its active contribution to the local community it serves. In addition to the St Bede’s restaurant, Blacks Corner also has a Deli and Bakehouse which is located at 1 St John Terrace, East Boldon, and an online shop ( which showcases hampers of British produce.

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