Fisherman’s Lodge seeks entertainment licence

Jesmond Dene restaurant Fisherman’s Lodge has applied to Newcastle City Council for a licence to host live music, dance and films everyday from 10am to midnight.

The restaurant, on Red Walk, was sold last September by millionaire entrepreneur Tom Maxfield to chef Alan O’Kane and business partner, former City financier Jamie Howell. O’Kane’s career to date includes a spell at The Savoy in London, the Angel in Corbridge and Sydney’s in Tynemouth. The buildings are owned by Newcastle City Council.

Local residents were notified by letter today of the restaurant’s application. Details of the proposal can be viewed on the council’s website here. Last date for comments is April 9th.

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One thought on “Fisherman’s Lodge seeks entertainment licence”

  1. Cllr Greg Stone says:

    I am a little concerned that the above report, whilst technically accurate, is in fact a little “sensational” in suggesting that there may be a”late night music and entertainment venue” in Jesmond Dene”, and I am aware that some residents have been somewhat alarmed by this suggestion.

    It is standard practice for an “ents licence” to be required for any venue that may wish to play recorded or live music, whether it be “background” recorded music, a string quartet or a wedding DJ. As such, venues commonly apply for an entertainments licence on the basis that they may need it once or twice a year (if at all) – it does not mean that they will be playing loud music, holding dances, or showing films every night.

    I understand that the Lodge is planning to continue to operate as a conventional restaurant rather than a “late night entertainment venue” and that as such there should not be any additional disturbance to residents in the area adjoining the Dene.

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