The most historic yet now most contemporary pub in Tynemouth is about to be unveiled after a £370,000 transformation, for the 18th century Salutation Inn.

The gigantic investment, creating nine new jobs, oozes the sophistication and quality deserved by the prosperous town and its eclectic residents. Craft beers; class cocktails; a whole new urban style food menu; the most hi-tech in sports viewing; and extended licensing hours are promised when the pub reopens 10th February.

Stephen Lamb, leader of the brand new pub team, undergoing intensive training during the closure said: “The potential for The Salutation, in arguably the North East’s most aspiring town is huge but during modern times, as yet untapped. The pub name dates back to the 13th century monks and Priory, it’s legendary, and we’re putting the new pub back on the map with the same prestige.

“The design is jaw-droppingly inspirational, preserving authentic character whilst shifting to a modern, stylish, sociable environment. We’ve completely opened up the layout adding to the charm with reclaimed wood and industrial finishes. Even the beer garden has been overhauled with heat lamps to provide all year indulgence.”

An opening showcase VIP event on Friday 10th February starts at 5.30pm, with local acoustic Beth Mercai adding to the atmosphere from 6pm. Tickets will also be available to locals via the pub’s Facebook page; doors fully open at 7pm ‘til the later 1am for the first time in the pubs modern history.

The drinks range has been hugely extended with additional cask ales accompanied by new to the Inn, craft beers which will include local brews, all available to CAMRA members with a 10% discount. The deadly gin range, a spectrum of distilled gins paired with exotic garnishes; cocktails available 241 Monday to Friday 5-8pm; and selected wines accompany the range.

On trend street food, specialising in tapas and hand-stretched artisan pizzas, will be a welcome addition to Front Street with other dishes 2 for £9.50; breakfast from 10am; and signature Cod andamp; Chips with craft beer or glass of wine, £9.50 Mon-Fri.

Sky and BT will air through top of the range 4k HD TVs in three zones, diverse sports visible anywhere in the pub.

Three 1/3rds of beer at £3.50; Burger andamp; Drink £8.50; Tapas Tuesdays; Wing Wednesdays 20 wings for £8.50; Thursday 241 pizza; Fizz Friday £12; Busker nights Thursday, and Friday 8-10.30; and DJ until 1am both Friday andamp; Saturday; just some further additions to the whole new appeal.

Salutation Inn, Front Street, Tynemouth, Tyne andamp; Wear, NE30 4BT, 0191 2963936