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The team behind an award-winning Fish Quay gastropub have decided to call time on the venue.

The Staith House has racked up a host of accolades, ranging from a spot in the Michelin Guide to a glowing review from Eddy Eats.

However, after eight years, the team behind the popular venue have announced they are planning to “bring an epic era of our lives to an end”.

Formerly the rundown New Dolphin pub, it was transformed by award-winning chef John Calton, a finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals, his wife Kimberley and fellow chef and business partner James Laffan.

However in a Facebook post on Friday, the trio announced they were cutting ties with the venue and will instead focus on their latest venue, Route.

“We¨ve had the best eight years forging lasting friendships with our guests, working alongside a fantastic team, being lucky enough to work with some of the best suppliers and producers around, winning countless awards and accolades of which we are so extremely proud,” they posted.

“It¨s been a privilege to have so many choose us to mark those special moments in life and have people returning time and again just because they love the Staithy, we have loved welcoming you all.

John Calton Staith House

Chef John Calton, The Staith House, North Shields

(Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

“The memories we have made will last a lifetime and we¨ve had more laughs than we¨ve served Sunday Lunches ( and we¨ve served a lot ).

“The decision has been a long and difficult one to make but we feel the time is right to bring our tenure of The Staith House to an end when it expires later this summer and begin a new chapter of our lives.”

August 29 will be their final day at the venue, a move which has been met with dismay by customers.

One wrote that the news was “tragic”, adding: “North Tyneside will lose its best eaterie! Please keep the addresses of the customers and let us know if you start up again.

“All the very best we shall miss you guys and your wonderful food and hospitality.”

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