En-route to Sunderland

North Shields’ loss is Sunderland’s gain, it seems. For husband and wife restaurateurs John and Kimberley Calton, known for the brilliant Route in Newcastle and the much-missed Staith House in North Shields, are set to launch a new venture in the city’s Sheepfolds.

Zinc, which will make its home in a custom building on the site of the Grade II-listed former stables, will feature local seasonal fish and shellfish and rare-breed meats and game served with homegrown veg and herbs.

The Caltons – who run Route on Newcastle’s Quayside and had the multi-award-winning Staith House in North Shields for nine years – hope to create a laid-back dining experience in a stylish, contemporary environment.

John said: “We’re massively excited – Sheepfolds is an amazing venue being brought back to life with incredible vision and energy. We can’t wait until it’s ready and we can deliver something really special; we really want to set the bar high.”

For more info, go to www.riversidesunderland.co.uk

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