Changing fortunes


Masterchef: The Professionals finalist John Carlton has snapped up an award for transforming the fortunes of The Staith House.

The North Shields Fish Quay venue has been named winner of the Best Turnaround Pub for the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland region in the Great British Pub Awards 2014.

Previously The New Dolphin, The Staith House has been given a facelift and new lease of life by Carlton, his wife Kimberley and their business partner James Laffan.

“It’s a huge accolade for us,” says Kimberley, “as this is not only our first solo venture, but we only opened last November. We’ve worked extremely hard turning the pub into the popular venue it is today.”

The Staith House, 57 Low Lights, North Shields Fish Quay, NE30 1JA, tel 0191 270 8441,

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