Handmade Burger Co to be the First New Addition at The Gate

April 2, 2013

The Crown Estate today announced that it has finalised its first new letting at the Gate, the North East’s premier leisure destination. The award winning restaurant, handmade burger Co., will be the first leisure provider to open its doors at the Gate since The Crown Estate purchased the centre in 2012. The letting forms part of The Crown Estate’s strategy to further enhance the leisure mix at the Gate, creating a destination that continues to respond to the demand of existing visitors, but also does more to appeal to other consumer groups, like families.

The restaurant will be handmade burger Co.’s first in Newcastle and their second in the North East. It will offer diners more than 40 different delicious burgers, made from scratch and hand pressed in the restaurant every single day. It also offers a fantastic range of options for children, making it extremely popular with families.

First opened in the Midlands in 2006, the family-owned and run restaurant chain is committed to sourcing the best quality produce from the best British farmers, with owner Chris Sargeant regularly visiting farmers to ensure that the company stands by its fresh food philosophy.

Hannah Milne, Head of Regional Asset Management at The Crown Estate said:

“The Gate is already an immensely popular leisure destination in the North East. Our vision is to build on this success, further broadening the leisure mix to attract even more visitors. handmade burger Co. fits in perfectly with this strategy. Over the next year we hope to make even more additions to the line-up at the Gate, securing its position as the most successful regional leisure scheme.”

Chris Sargeant, owner of handmade burger Co. said:

“We pride ourselves on delivering quality food and award winning service and we hope that diners will love the fresh food we make and the great variety we offer. We are delighted to be opening our second restaurant in the North East and we can’t wait to find out what Newcastle thinks of our new restaurant. Newcastle is such a vibrant city and the Gate captures this all under one roof. The Gate is great for families and offers a really good night out”

The Gate was purchased by The Crown Estate from the Royal Bank of Scotland in September (2012) for £60 million. The only covered leisure scheme in Newcastle, the Gate attracts over 8 million visitors a year. It comprises of 18 units and spans 210,000 ft2 and is anchored by an Empire cinema. Other occupiers include Nandos, The Restaurant Group, Pizza Hut and J D Wetherspoons.

The Gate forms part of The Crown Estate’s £1.5 billion Regional Portfolio which includes interests in 14 retail parks and three shopping centres. Over the last four years The Crown Estate has invested over £500 million in prime regional retail across the UK.

The Crown Estate was represented by Davis Coffer Lyons and handmade burger Co. by Burley Browne.