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Situated on the beautiful Hartlepool Marina

A welcome addition to the North East restaurant scene, Portals Place opened its doors on November 29th 2014. Located in the prime location of Hartlepool Marina, the Mediterranean inspired restaurant offers a refreshing alternative to local diners.
Following the announcement of the closure of Krimo’s due to retirement, local Chef Tony Ampleford understood there was a gap in the market for a new, contemporary restaurant in the area, and also the chance to realise a lifelong dream. 
With over ten years’ experience working as a Head Chef, with the last 6 years at local restaurant Maximo’s in Castle Eden, Tony has both the industry knowledge and customer insight to deliver a restaurant experience that will make diners want to return, again and again.

“The reputation and legacy of Krimo’s is well known throughout the North East and with Portals Place we plan to build on this, offering customers an excellent dining experience and maintaining the high standard of quality and service that Krimo's is famous for.” Says Head Chef Tony Ampleford.

Visitors and locals alike will recognise the strong Mediterranean influence throughout the new menu, which caters to a myriad of tastes. From sumptuous steaks and fresh seafood to delicious pastas and vegetarian options, the menu uses only the freshest, locally sourced produce, creating dishes for everyone. Dishes to look forward to include Oven Baked Chicken stuffed with brie, Parma ham, thyme, leek and cream, and Pan Fried Sea Bass Fillets served with wilted spinach and creamy curried mussels. 
In addition to the restaurant, Portals Place also boasts a newly refurbished lounge bar offering fine wines, cocktails and premium spirits. Adjacent to the restaurant the lounge bar will offer a warm and relaxing environment for customers to enjoy pre or post dinner drinks. To complete the experience acoustic live music can also be enjoyed on weekends and holidays.  From early 2015 the lounge bar will open for coffees and light lunches during the day.
With a complete refurbishment planned within the first year, additional changes to the restaurant will include the opening of a decking area for customers to enjoy drinks and light bites overlooking the beautiful marina views in the warmer months.