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Gosforth Civic Theatre Cafe Reopens

Gosforth residents can look forward to a refreshed and reinvigorated Gosforth Civic Theatre café. They reopen this August with a new chef heralding a brand-new menu to go alongside a safe and welcoming environment as the Theatre finally reopens its doors.

You can expect a mouth-watering menu bursting with flavour, using the freshest ingredients from the finest local suppliers in the region. At the heart of the dishes is a desire to celebrate good quality produce and create balanced meals that are not only tasty but are good for the body, mind and soul.

From the Brunch menu, you can choose from, among others, the healthy and delicious baked eggs and homemade beans, poached eggs on vegetable fritters, or opt for the hearty Big Breakfast, or even a breakfast roll if you’re in a rush. Lunch has a selection of fresh and tasty salads, satisfying sandwiches (including a killer turkey club) and a grazing board for those that want to share.

The Theatre’s café has always been a hit with families, so it’s only right that there’s also a bigger and more exciting kids’ menu with more choice and some great additions (cinnamon French toast sticks, anyone?!) to keep the little ones happy. With cakes and bread supplied from Gosforth favourites Pink Lane Bakery and weekly specials, GCT will be a must visit in Gosforth’s dining scene.

Behind the new menu is the Theatre’s newest member of the team. Born on the beautiful island of St. Lucia, Dyonne Branch comes in as chef, boasting 20 years of experience working for one of the best hotels in the Caribbean, Sugar Beach; excellent restaurants Etain, Zinc and Cameron House Hotel in Glasgow; and Malmaison, Hotel du Vin and as Head Chef at Gusto Italians in Newcastle.

Excited to get started, Dyonne said,

“GCT Café has the potential to be amazing. We are surrounded by fantastic local suppliers, great ingredients, and a fantastic community. I believe that eating well is not just the food we feed our bodies, but a means of feeding our entire being, and I’ve tried to put that ethos in our new menu.”

The charity-run, community venue has been closed to the public since March due to the Coronavirus outbreak. After an uncertain four months, where the entirety of their income was taken away and all, but two staff placed on furlough, GCT is now being readied for a safe, post-lockdown reopening.

The main dining space, which will have reduced seating to maintain social distancing, will be in the John Jennings Studio with access to outside seating in the Garden; hand sanitising points have been installed throughout the building; staff will be undertaking rigorous and regular cleaning routines; and they will be running table service and allowing a table booking system to control numbers.

Building Manager Joseph Harrop, who has overseen the changes and staff training stated,

“We wanted to take our time and make sure we are as safe and responsible as we can be. The safety and well-being of our staff and customers is paramount and we’re confident that the systems and procedures we’ve put in place will make those that visit us feel comfortable and at home. We can’t wait to get going again.”

Gosforth Civic Theatre reopens their café on Monday 10th August, 9am - 3pm.



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