Sunderland business expands to take over seafront site

The Scullery, Pier Point Sunderland. From left, owner Hayley Scott and manager Clare Scott.
The Scullery, Pier Point Sunderland. From left, owner Hayley Scott and manager Clare Scott.
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A bistro which has built up a firm following is expanding to the other side of the city.

Since opening in October 2012, The Scullery in Silksworth has grown to become one of Wearside’s more popular Italian restaurants.

The Scullery, Pier Point, Sunderland.

The Scullery, Pier Point, Sunderland.

Now it will open a second venue, at the former Beach House site in Pier Point, Roker, which was formerly operated by 1879 events, SAFC’s catering arm.

Named The Scullery at Pier Point, it is due to open its doors to the public this week, creating 20 new jobs.

Owner Hayley Scott, who runs the business with partner Simon Tuckwell, said: “The opportunity came about to buy the business and I jumped at the chance.

“There’s a definite market here with events such as the Pier to Pier run and the redevelopment in the area.

From left, owner Hayley Scott and manager Claire Barton

From left, owner Hayley Scott and manager Claire Barton

“The concept of The Scullery has always been bistro-style home-cooked food during the day, and Italian on a night. We named it The Scullery because it’s the old-fashioned name for a back kitchen, somewhere where the whole family can join together and eat.

“I think sometimes people haven’t always understood that we operate during the day and night, but we want to make the most of the business, and be somewhere people can come for breakfast, dinner and tea.

“It’s a kitchen for everybody to come to for any occasion, somewhere with a friendly, family atmosphere.

“The menu will be similar to that at the original Scullery, but we’ll have more seafood dishes to reflect the location.” The site has undergone redecoration work and branding, including adding to the kitchen, but it has retained the beach house theme.

Manager Claire Barton and owner Hayley Scott

Manager Claire Barton and owner Hayley Scott

Hayley added: “It’s a beautiful location, somewhere where people can come and sit and reminisce.

“We have a lot of plans for the future, we have permission for outdoor seating and we want to provide picnics for people to take on the beach.”

The Scullery business has also taken over the adjacent ice cream parlour, which will reopen serving local Beckleberry’s ice cream and old-fashioned sweets, as well as offering take away options from the main menu.

The Italian restaurant is the latest new addition to the Pier Point business development, with The Chicken Shed opening in the former So Wok unit earlier this month.

The Scullery at Pier Point

The Scullery at Pier Point

Hayley said: “People know us really well in Silksworth, but not so well over this side of the water, so it’s great to welcome a new audience.”

Inside The Scullery at Pier Point

Inside The Scullery at Pier Point

The Scullery at Pier Point, Sunderland.

The Scullery at Pier Point, Sunderland.