Pub reopens with fresh look and new menu

The Oaklands was forced to close its doors at the turn of the year.
The Oaklands was forced to close its doors at the turn of the year.

A well-known pub has been brought back to life under new management.

The Oaklands in Peterlee was forced to close its doors at the turn of the year after a dip in fortunes.

Enterprise Inns has funded the refurbishment of the dining area.

Enterprise Inns has funded the refurbishment of the dining area.

A new management team were asked to take over the Enterprise Inns site in Durham Way and, just a fortnight after reopening, say they have managed to get it back on its feet.

Manager Fiona Tench says they’ve been inundated with positive feedback since renovating the site, and they have plans to return the pub to its former glory.

“It used to be one of the best pubs in Peterlee,” she said.

“But it’s had a chequered past and has changed hands a number of times leading to it closing just after Christmas.”

The Oaklands hopes to rebuild its reputation around good food and drinks.

The Oaklands hopes to rebuild its reputation around good food and drinks.

It’s being run by the same team behind Signatures in Silksworth, Sunderland, and The Conservatory, in Sunderland city centre, who have brought in live music on Friday nights and a completely new food menu.

Fiona added: “Enterprise Inns have given us a lot of freedom with the site and we’ve invested a substantial amount of money in refurbishing the pub with new carpets, furnishings and a new bar.

“We have a totally new menu and new chef and the food’s proving really popular.

“You can build a pub around good food and drinks menu and we’re offering gourmet good pub grub.

The Oaklands has a new menu and a new chef after its revamp.

The Oaklands has a new menu and a new chef after its revamp.

“While we’ve been finding our feet we’ve been running a limited menu of gourmet burgers, chicken skewers, traditional fish and chips etcetera, but we’re expanding to include mince and dumplings, chilli and pulled pork skewers.

“We’ll also be introducing lunch offers to encourage daytime trade.”

Future plans also include live music on Saturday nights and a buskers’ night on Sundays.

Fiona says she thinks the pub has the potential to continue its early success.

The Oaklands will be running lunch offers to encourage daytime trade.

The Oaklands will be running lunch offers to encourage daytime trade.

“It’s a good pub in a great location,” she said.

“The surrounding estates are fantastic and we’ve made it cosy and welcoming.”