Hairy Biker gives thumbs up to Sunderland bistro

Dave Myers at Roker Pier
Dave Myers at Roker Pier
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A top TV chef has given the thumbs up to a beach side bistro.

Dave Myers, one half of the Hairy Bikers duo, has been in Sunderland for his new show, The Hairy Builders, which is about developments around the country.

During a visit to see the restoration work at Roker Pier, the chef called in to the nearby Beach House.

To celebrate the dedication of a plaque to mark the restoration of the historic landmark, the bistro, run by 1879 Events Management, put on a special-themed menu.

It was based on the original dishes served at the official opening dinner for the pier back in 1903.

Dave and other guests tucked into boiled round of beef, rabbit pie and boiled leg of mutton. The chef said he was particularly impressed with the oxtail soup and roast lamb.

Michael Laidler, 1879 account executive, said: “It was great to pay testament to the original menu, as it included some fantastic dishes which were enjoyed by everyone at the event, including Dave.

“The restoration of the pier is fantastic for Roker and the region, as it holds a proud history with the Sunderland area and we look forward to welcoming people far and wide who come to visit this great heritage site.”

For the past two-and-a-half years the iconic pier has been undergoing a £2.15million restoration.

It’s hoped the lighthouse will be open to the public in the summer.

This week, a dedication plaque was laid by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Barry Curran.

The service was attended by the family of Henry Hay Wake, the engineer who built the pier in the late 1890s.