A North East hospitality group has added a second property to its portfolio.
The Northumberland Pub Co, which owns The Blackbird pub in Ponteland has acquired The Northumberland Arms at Felton, spending more than £70,000 on renovations for the former coaching inn, which dates back to 1820.
The refurbishment work has included improvements to bedrooms and the bar, while a new outdoor dining and drinking space has been created with views of the River Coquet and the village’s 16th Century bridge.
Stuart Young, of the Northumberland Pub Co, said he had been looking to expand his expanding hospitality portfolio since last year selling his interest in Cyclone Leisure Group – which owns San Lorenzo restaurants in Gosforth and Washington, along with the former Union Rooms in Newcastle.
He said: “I’ve admired The Northumberland Arms for a long time now and so it was an obvious choice for me when I learnt that the previous owners had decided to sell.
“We acquired the building before lockdown was enforced, so it’s given us plenty of time to work on the venue before we reopened – updating its look while retaining all of its original charm.
“We’ve had fantastic feedback from diners and with everyone making the most of staycations this year, our picturesque location has proved very popular among guests.”