Dil and the Bear fusion cafe to open in Tynemouth

PUBLISHED: 16:58 18 December 2012 | UPDATED: 22:31 20 February 2013

Dil and the Bear fusion cafe to open in Tynemouth

Dil and the Bear fusion cafe to open in Tynemouth

A new fusion café promising food lovers a taste of some of the world's lesser known cuisines is due to open in Tynemouth this month.

A new fusion caf promising food lovers a taste of some of the worlds lesser known cuisines is due to open in Tynemouth this month.


Dil and the Bear is the brainchild of North East chef Sam Storey and former interior designer Dilaila Galbraith who has turned her artistic talents from home-making to home-baking. Dil is how friends refer to Dilaila and The Bear is Sams baby son Eddies nickname.


Housed in a former bank on Tynemouth Front Street, it will serve a mix of sunny and exuberant flavours and inventive combinations that draw on Dilailas multi-national heritage. Cuban by birth, the 43-year-old whose father came from Newcastle has also lived in Northumberland, Spain, Switzerland, Barbados, Venezuela and Dubai.


Now she and craft baker Sam, 43, who Dilaila first met when he ran the Belle and Herbs Caf in Heaton, Newcastle, have pooled their extensive knowledge and skills to bring the North East this one-off dining experience.


The dishes reflect the improvised food Dilaila and her siblings grew up eating when her Geordie father and Cuban mother moved to Seaton Sluice in Northumberland in the mid-1970s when she was six.


My food reflects all those cultures that have influenced me. I couldnt cook a simple, straightforward roast; nothing food-wise is ever as it seems with me.


All Dil and the Bears food is home cooked by Dilaila and Sam using local ingredients where possible.


This spring the business partners plan to start their own allotment in Tynemouth growing fresh vegetables and herbs for the caf.

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