Growing family food firm Charltons has expanded into Seaham.

After the success of its first take away unit on the North West Industrial Estate in Peterlee, Charltons has taken the decision to open a ‘horse box’ eatery on Spectrum Business Park.

Charltons is open outside Spectrum 7 every Monday to Friday from 8am – 2pm and provides a whole range of British and Italian foods with ingredients which are locally sourced.

Paul Wellstead, the developer of Spectrum Business Park said: “We decided to partner with Charltons as they provide a whole range of fresh foods to our tenants. It’s important to us here at the park that we think of how we can not only provide a great working space, but a great working environment too and that means thinking about the small details such as the quality of food available for our tenants.”

Michael Charlton, who runs the company with his wife Alison and brother Steven, said: “At Charltons, it’s all about creating food from scratch. Most people think they’re eating healthy and that’s no always the case. Our food is freshly prepared and it’s important to us that people in the work place have access to not only healthy food, but delicious food too!”

Michael was inspired to set up Charltons Food after he continued to hear complaints from friends and family about how they were struggling to find healthy, delicious and reasonably priced foods at their work place. At the time Michael was living in Spain and the idea sprouted in a discussion over a BBQ one late evening.

In the summer of 2014 Michael moved back to the UK and began to gather his skills through working at local butchers, Italian and bakers. One year on Charltons now works with workplaces to ensure their tenants have access to healthy food.