Manor House Inn at Haltwhistle
An iconic 16th-century pub and guest house in Haltwhistle has been sympathetically restored to its former glory following a £600,000 investment by its new entrepreneur owner.
The Manor House Inn, which has been a historic local landmark on Haltwhistle’s main High Street since the 1600s, has undergone major refurbishment to transform it into a high-quality gastro pub and hotel after being purchased by North Tyneside businessman, Terry Christie last year.
As part of the extensive renovation, the stunning historic building has been refurbished to include a 50-cover restaurant, cosy lounge area, games room, commercial kitchen, conference and private function space with 45 covers, 10 double en-suite boutique bedrooms and a balcony/roof terrace seating area with views over the Northumberland countryside. There are also future plans to convert an external barn into a three-bedroomed holiday rental.
The refurbishment has created up to 45 jobs for local tradesmen such as builders, plumbers, electricians and decorators and 38 ongoing jobs within the Manor House including four full-time chefs eight kitchen staff and 26 hotel and bar staff.
This project has been a labour of love for Terry, who has fond memories of the Manor House from childhood holidays in the area.
He said: “I’m thrilled to be able to make a lifelong dream come true with the opening of the Manor House Inn Haltwhistle.
“Since I was a child, my family has been coming to this area for holidays and I always remember the Manor House as a lovely place to visit for food and fun times. Now finally I can give others the kind of happy memories I had at the Manor House.
“During the refurbishment, we’ve been very careful to restore and preserve all of the beautiful, surviving historic features such as a large sandstone fireplace, original wooden ceiling beams and the iron rings used to tie up the horses.
“These features are blended with a stylish, yet traditional interior to create a pub with a warm and cosy ambience, offering high quality, locally sourced food served all day, every day and real ales that can become a real hub for the local community.
"Haltwhistle has a wealth of history, wonderful walks and cycle routes close by and is only a 20-minute walk from Hadrian’s Wall’s main sites such as Cawfields quarry and Sycamore Gap so there are huge opportunities to capitalise on visitors to the area by offering an outstanding place to stay overnight or simply have a meal.”
Alan Sharp, chairman of Haltwhistle Town Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the local community and Terry Christie should be hugely praised for his significant investment in Haltwhistle and for creating local employment.
“He has done an amazing job on the Manor House. The standard of finish is phenomenal and I’ve no doubt the high-quality food and drink offering, and the stunning rooms will help attract people to the area from all over the UK.”
The Manor House is now open for business. For more information please visit www.manorhousehaltwhistle.com
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