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North East hospitality firm launches cuban bar and restaurant

The Vaulkhard Group has opened what it believes to be Newcastle’s first authentic independent Cuban bar and restaurant.

Located in the city centre on the former Beeronomy site, which the group purchased from Newcastle Building Society, Castro’s offers Latin-inspired food, drink and cocktails. The venue also features a hidden secret bar for salsa dance classes, rum sessions, cocktail masterclasses and a private booking area.

The Vaulkhard Group recently announced a string of acquisitions, taking on ownership of popular drinking venues such as Bridge Tavern and Town Wall, at the same time dispensing of late-night venues Perdu and MSA. 

“As a business, we’ve been lucky enough to come out of lockdown with a positive outlook, and now we want to give back to our customers who have helped us throughout the last 16 months with something new and exciting for their Newcastle night out,” said Ollie Vaulkhard, director of the Vaulkhard Group.

“It’s vital the hospitality sector continues to innovate and give customers a great reason to socialise. At Castro’s, they’ll be able to fully immerse themselves in a Havana experience like no other – whether that be with friends, family or work colleagues.”

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