Country hotel is given a new lease of life

Dave Henderson, Becca Keenan and Kris Blackburn at the Percy Arms in Chatton.
Dave Henderson, Becca Keenan and Kris Blackburn at the Percy Arms in Chatton.

A village pub and hotel has been given a new lease of life thanks to new owners who have tasted success with other venues.

The Percy Arms, at Chatton, has reopened following a big refurbishment project this summer, with food now being served and new luxury bedrooms due to be ready in the next few weeks.

The pub and hotel has been taken on by Kris Blackburn and Keith Pattinson, who also renovated and updated the now very successful Northumberland Arms in Felton.

Kris also runs the Running Fox café and bakery in the village.

The Percy Arms was previously being run by a holding company for the brewery that owned it, but at the beginning of the summer, Kris and Keith took it on.

It was kept open at weekends for locals to continue to use it, but had to close fully for a few weeks while the final touches were being made.

Kris said: “We’re delighted to be the new custodians of a lovely old building and thank the village for its support. We’ve totally refurbished the bar and created two more function rooms where there haven’t been any for the last seven or eight years.

“The dining room has also been fully refurbished and all eight bedrooms are going to be made into five high-standard, en-suite rooms, like those that were created at the Northumberland Arms.

“We tried to keep the bar open for regulars at weekend but it ended up coming to a point where there was no running water and electrical wires were hanging down so we closed for about five weeks to get it all finished.

“But we’ve been up and running now for food, which is good homemade pub food, for the last two weeks and it’s going really well. We’ve had some good feedback from people so far and we had good feedback and support from the village as we were getting it back up and running.”

The venue is open 11am to 11pm, seven days a week.