Here's what's on offer at The Food Pit street stalls
A food hall bringing together flavours from across the world has started to serve up to its first customers.
Now The Food Pit has opened, bringing together a number of street food stalls, with guest vendors to be brought in to offer visitors something different on top of the regular counters.
Among them is Spread From The Med, which is run by Richie Parker, 49, from Easington Village, and Chris Walls, 35, from Houghton.
They have been running their Mediterranean venture from a horsebox for 18 months, visiting Seaham Carnival, Northumberlandia and the Easter egg rolling challenge at Herrington Country Park among other events, and saw the chance to expand.
They have already started to trade from their unit, which they saw for the first time just a fortnight ago, serving breakfasts, chicken gyros, pork souvlaki, halloumi fries and vegetarian options, with bread imported in especially from Greece.
Their neighbours include counters serving Thai dishes, burgers, sausages, fish and chips, hot drinks, cake, paninis and waffles.
Richie said: “We’ve been working from the horsebox and this opportunity arose and we thought this was too good to miss.
“I thought if I pass here in a month’s time and it’s rammed, I’ll kick myself and nothing ventured, nothing gained.
“We’ve turned around the unit in two weeks after first seeing it and we started on Friday and so far we’ve had some great feedback.”
The Food Pit is open from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, and 11am to 10pm on Sundays.
Restaurants already open include Thai River, Cosy Club, Nudo Sushi, Inshanghi, Icestone Gelato, It’s All About The Cake and Biz R Coffee House, as well as Old Tom’s Gin Bar and a number of shops.
El Pincho, Flip and Stack pancakes and coffee shop and the Log Fire Pizza and Delaney’s Donkey bar are also still to launch.
The Riverwalk, which has been developed by Clearbell Capital, has been built on the site of the former Gates shopping centre.