A unique dining experience is set to hit Tyneside this summer with some of the North East’s best chefs cooking up a storm – 100 feet above the ground.
Dine by the Tyne is to dominate the Newcastle-Gateshead skyline from 12th – 15th May as a sky table restaurant is suspended above Gateshead’s Performance Square giving guests a once in a lifetime experience – which will see them hoisted higher than the Angel of the North.
The idea is the brainchild of Off the Wall’s event manager Jacqui McKirdy who thought it up after a hard day at Uni.
She said: “We were sat in Wetherspoon’s after a tough day and I looked up at the Tyne Bridge and I thought, why not get a restaurant up there.“I got in touch with Dale Agar the licence holder for the sky table in the UK and eventually it lead to getting a table booked for one day.”
The one day idea became a four day spell after a friend suggested she “go big” – and go big she has, with the sky table set to make nine flights a day over the residence starting with breakfast at 8.30am. Each of the 32 flights will see chefs serving their specialities to 22 diners from the centre of the suspended restaurant. The flights available are breakfast, lunch, champagne high tea, pie in the sky, evening dinner and night cap, with The Crowne Plaza holding an after party over the weekend.
The sky table has made a visit to Tyneside once before in 2008 when it was suspended at the Gateshead civic centre as part of the eat festival that year.
As Jacqui explains, the 2016 version is set to be bigger and better. “The table is set for more people, we have some award winning chefs lined up and the view is going to be stunning. The whole event should be something completely different. “The sun is due to set shortly after 9pm so if you are up there dining on that flight that should be something unbelievably special when you consider the views on a clear day.”
Thursday and Friday will be topped off by a Gin Tasting session between 21.45 and 22.15, while Saturday and Sunday will see cocktails and uniquely stunning bar snacks provided.
The guest chefs will be announced in the coming weeks, with each bringing their own taste of Tyneside to the table.
WHERE & WHEN
Gateshead’s Performance Square from 12th – 15th May 2016
Tickets will go on sale 14th March and purchased through the website: www.eventsinthesky.co.uk
Tickets are available for the following flights:
Breakfast in the Sky – £50 per head
Lunch in the Sky – £125 per head
Champagne High Tea – £65 per head
Pie in the Sky – £65 per head
Dinner in the Sky – £200 per head
Quayside Gin Tasting – £75 per head
Nightscape Cocktails – £75 per head
1. How does a typical event work? Guests arrive 45 minutes before “take off” and taken through the registration process. Guests are fastened in their seats using three safety belts. Once all the safety checks are complete, starters are served and guests “take off” for the session in the sky.
2. How does one use the toilets? The table is lowered to the ground after each flight for comfort breaks where there are facilities provided.
3. Is Dine by the Tyne safe? Safety is Event’s in the Sky’s foremost priority. The platforms are designed according to the German DIN 4112 certification, globally regarded as one of the toughest safety certifications to obtain and produced in Belgium under control of Rheinland TÜV. The platforms are regularly checked and maintained to ensure maximum safety for clients and staff.
– Only trained and fully qualified staff are involved in the lift and operations of each event.
– An experienced supervisor takes responsibility for each event and is the final signatory on the running order and checklists.
– A safety area is fenced off with security control. No one except staff are allowed in the safety area unless supervised by a member of the staff team.
– Guests are escorted to their allocated seat by the supervisor who fastens their safety belts.
– All guests are given a safety briefing. The supervisor is on board for each and every lift to monitor guest behaviour and health and safety requirements. The supervisor is in constant radio communication with the ground crew.
– All cranes and other equipment are checked periodically according to Health and Safety requirements.
4. Does Dine by the Tyne have the necessary insurance? Yes, each event is covered by £10 million public liability and third party insurance.
5. When is a flight cancelled? A flight can be postponed or cancelled due to dangerous and inclement weather. Should a flight be cancelled guests will be offered a refund or the opportunity to rebook during the event.
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