A sizeable crowd flocked to Low Fell this week as The Bank restaurant and bar relaunched under new management.
Local resident and businessman Kevin Brown is back at the helm of the chic eatery and cocktail bar which first opened back in 2013.
Kevin who also owns the grade II listed building on Durham Road, sold the business in 2014 and was disappointed to see it cease in trading by the end of the year.
But after the original management team approached him to return, Kevin got back on board and now The Bank is back.
The building which dates back to the 1840s and used to house Lloyds Bank has undergone an extensive refurbishment and claims to now provide a stylish food and drink destination in the Fell .
The man tasked with cooking up the goods, original chef Lee Walker, has produced a menu offering customers a varied selection of dishes to suit all tastes with steak a prominent feature, with meat sourced from farmers across Northumberland , Durham and Cumbria.
There was plenty of steak on plates at the special tasting evening this week with sirloin, rump and fillet being lapped up by those who were invited along.
Tastebuds were well and truly tickled by shared starters garlic and chilli king prawns, creamed mushroom bruschetta and charred BBQ chicken before a fish course of parma ham wrapped monkfish & tomato chorizo cassoulet, traditional fish pie and tempura king prawns earned plenty of praise.
Champagne sorbets helped to cleanse palates before a mouthwatering main course which boasted an enviable selection of steak served alongside red wine jus, Parisian potatoes, kale and hand cut chips.
The curtain was brought down on the evening with a selection of desserts which included chocolate orange tart, sticky toffee pudding and poached pear with amaretto ice cream.
The Bank is open 11am – 11pm Tuesday to Thursday, 11am – midnight on Friday, 9am – midnight on Saturday and 9am to 6pm Sunday.