30 new jobs created at revamped Sunderland pub

From left, deputy mayor, Coun Alan Emerson, deputy mayoress Jan Emerson, with Dawn Swanston, the pub's general manager, and staff celebrate Harvester Ryhope's opening.
From left, deputy mayor, Coun Alan Emerson, deputy mayoress Jan Emerson, with Dawn Swanston, the pub's general manager, and staff celebrate Harvester Ryhope's opening.
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A pub revamp has pulled in 30 new jobs after it was bought in a takeover deal.

The Sandcastle, in Ryhope, has become part of the Harvester chain, and can take up to 180 guests at its restaurant, now it has relaunched after a six-week closure.

Bringing a new Harvester to Sunderland is really exciting for the whole team and guests have been very complimentary about the restaurant since it opened.

General manager Dawn Swanston

The bar’s refurbishment was carried out as part of last year’s acquisition by Birmingham-based restaurant and pub firm Mitchells & Butlers, of 173 sites previously owned by Orchid around the country.

The official unveiling of the business saw Sunderland City Council’s Deputy Mayor Alan Emerson and deputy mayoress Jan Emerson led the ribbon-cutting ceremony,

General manager Dawn Swanston, said: “Bringing a new Harvester to Sunderland is really exciting for the whole team, and guests have been very complimentary about the restaurant since it opened.

“At Harvester we want to create the perfect place to go to share delicious fresh food and enjoy good times with friends and family, and we’re thrilled to be providing the people of Sunderland with the great tasting food that Harvester is renowned for.

“The team are excited to welcome more guests into the restaurant and we would encourage anyone who hasn’t been to the Ryhope Harvester to come find out what we’re all about.”

Councillor Alan Emerson said: “We were very pleased to be opening the Harvester restaurant in Ryhope and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

“We look forward to great success at this location and to serving the community for many years to come.”

The new Harvester is open from 9am to 11pm each day. Harvester already runs The Miller’s Inn next to Sunderland Driving Range, in Newcastle Road.