A RUNDOWN pub has been given a new lease of life by a leading North East leisure company.
Tavistock Leisure has invested around £500,000 to transform The Plough, at Haswell, in East Durham, into a 90-seat Indian restaurant.
The Mumbai Exemplary Indian Cuisine @ Haswell Plough, while owned and refurbished by Tavistock Leisure, will be run under tenancy by brothers Sabir, Thaher and Nasir Ahmed, who have operated a number of successful restaurants and takeaways in the North East.
Mark Hird is the managing director of Tavistock Leisure, which also runs the Best Western Grand Hotel, in Hartlepool, the Best Western Roker Hotel, in Sunderland, and a host of restaurants and bars across the region.
Mr Hird said: “We have noticed there is a definite trend in cities like Leeds and Bradford, which are renowned for the quality of their Indian food, for restaurants to move out of the city centre and to become more of a destination that people are happy to travel to.”
Sabir Ahmed said: “We are delighted to be working with Tavistock Leisure on such a prestigious project.”