Pop-up street food restaurant is a hit at bar

MAKING A STIR: Former Seaham Hall chefs Lee Hardy, left, and Toby Marshall at their pop-up restaurant at The Bank, North Terrace, Seaham, watched by Selinda Kahlon.
MAKING A STIR: Former Seaham Hall chefs Lee Hardy, left, and Toby Marshall at their pop-up restaurant at The Bank, North Terrace, Seaham, watched by Selinda Kahlon.
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A BAR has become top of the pops after offering customers a flavour of restaurant cuisine.

The Bank, in North Terrace, Seaham, is hosting a monthly pop-up, where guest chefs spend the evening creating dishes for diners.

We’ve had some good feedback and people are surprised it’s been in the back garden. It’s something different and we hope it’s really successful.

Chef Lee Hardy

The venue, opened after the North Haven care home closed, is working alongside The Asian Project on the nights.

It is run by Toby Marshall and Lee Hardy, who have previously worked at the Ozone restaurant at Seaham Hall and the Lotus Lounge in Durham.

Selinda Kahlon, who runs the seafront bar, said: “We had one pop-up which sold out within hours.

“They change the menu and they are great chefs and the idea was to offer street food, which is what people are into at the minute.

“This is bringing in people to the seafront and in to Seaham to try food they might not get unless they travelled to Newcastle.”

The ‘kitchen’ is set up in a gazebo out the back of the bar.

Lee added: “It was a little bit daunting at first, but we had 50 people in for three courses and they all said they really enjoyed themselves.

“We’ve had some good feedback and people are surprised it’s been in the back garden.

“It’s something different and we hope it’s really successful.”

The next night will be held on Thursday, May 7.