NatWest helps father and daughter open new gastro in East Lancashire


NatWest helps father and daughter open new gastro in East Lancashire

Father and daughter team Chris and Joycelyn Neve have opened a new gastro-pub in East Lancashire after securing funding from NatWest.

The pair have transformed a former derelict pub on Livesey Branch Road in Feniscowles into the Oyster & Otter, a seafood-led pub and restaurant specialising in quality locally sourced food.

This is the first venture by the Seafood Company, which was recently launched by Joycelyn with the support of her father.

The Fleetwood-based Neve family has more than 40 years' experience in sourcing quality produce for the restaurant trade. Chris is a buyer of fish and seafood by trade and comes from a long line of fishermen. His father, grandfather and great grandfather all fished from the Lancashire coast.

Now daughter Joycelyn has decided to launch her own restaurant, which specialises in serving fresh fish and seafood supplied by her father.

The Oyster & Otter's menu, which has been created by Head Chef Antony Shirley, formerly of Harvey Nichols' flagship restaurant in Knightsbridge, also features locally sourced poultry and organic lamb and pork.

Joycelyn said: "I've always been passionate about food and to open my own restaurant is the fulfilment of a dream. I grew up in and around the catering industry so it was only natural that I'd get drawn into it at some point. I initially started training as a chef but, after working in the catered events industry, I then became interested in the overall package.

"By combining my front of house experience with my dad's contacts on the supply side, we believe The Oyster & Otter offers something different. It has taken a lot of hard work and effort to reach this stage and we are delighted with the end result. Our approach is to provide a wide selection of quality fish dishes, combined with classic favourites such as steaks. We aim to ensure that each customer has a pleasurable dining experience, based upon the principles of quality food and value for money."

The Neves and Daniel Thwaites have invested around £600k transforming the former Hordens Pub into the Oyster & Otter. NatWest commercial banking in Blackburn provided a £150k funding package to help meet the costs.

 

Relationship Director John Hough, said: "Chris and Joycelyn have spotted a gap in the market for a quality gastro-pub in the Blackburn area. They impressed us with their vision for the Oyster & Otter and secured the bank's backing as result of this."

For further information please contact:

Mark Lester
Regional Communications Manager, NatWest
Tel: +44 (0) 7917 598 585
mark.lester@rbs.co.uk

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