New £1.5m gastro pub on the way

St Mary's Inn
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The finishing touches are being added to a new gastro pub after a £1.5million investment.

St Mary’s Inn will become part of the Jesmond Dene House family when it opens at the former St Mary’s Hospital site near Stannington next month.

The pub, which will provide 40 jobs, will be housed in the former administration building of the hospital, and will offer a number of drinking and snug areas, five dining areas and a private room for up to 20 guests.

There will also be 11 en-suite bedrooms, each with its own identity and bedheads designed by iron sculptor Stan Pike, with access to a private rooftop courtyard.

Head Chef Shaun Hurrell previously worked at Jesmond Dene House, but for the past five years has been working in London with Marcus Wareing at The Berkley and Fergus Henderson at The St John Chinatown Restaurant and Hotel.

The pub will serve real ales from local breweries, as well as its own St Mary’s Ale, made by Wylam Brewery. It will also offer pub food, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch.

General Manager Victor Castro-Quiroga said: “We want to create something very special when we open St Mary’s Inn – a brand new pub with its own character and personality; something distinct and different, but something that people can totally relate to, where dining or staying will be a relaxed, informal and friendly experience.”

It will open on Saturday, November 1.