Principle Leisure Group (PLG), the North East based multiple, is to open three new venues, including a gastro pub at the Blackbird Inn at Ponteland, writes Ewan Turney. PLG hopes to open the Blackbird at the end of July 2010 complete with a new gastro-style menu created by executive head chef Lucas Morrison. The first of the new sites to open will be a Coffee-Go-Go on Clayton Street in Newcastle city centre, followed by the opening of a Poplo — its licensed cafe bar concept — in Newcastle’s Eldon Garden Shopping Centre. The three new venues will take its estate size to 12 with plans to further expand into Yorkshire and the Midlands.