Expansion for the Fox that ran out of room

Kris and Neville outside The Running Fox.

Kris and Neville outside The Running Fox.

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A rural north Northumberland business is proving to be a roaring success and now has planning permission to extend its restaurant.

The Running Fox café, artisan bakery and newsagents in Felton was taken over by Kris Blackburn and Neville Tulip in April 2011 and has been such a hit over the last two years, that more space for visitors was needed urgently.

Kris said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received from the local community. People have been coming from far and wide to The Running Fox.

“As a result, we were frequently having to turn people away due to the lack of space so decided to convert the flat upstairs into further restaurant space.”

A planning application to extend the premises and offer restaurant space upstairs was submitted on behalf of The Running Fox by George F White and this has now been accepted by Northumberland County Council.

Since taking over the business, Kris Blackburn and Neville Tulip have invested a great deal of time and effort into refurbishing the property to ensure it offers a unique, high-quality product.

“We always wanted the business to offer a high-quality, simple yet affordable homemade product,” said Kris.

“The first thing we did on taking over was to change the name back to The Running Fox, which it had been some years previously.

“We then refurbished the property and installed a bakery on the premises.

“We now offer high-quality homemade meals, pies and cakes alongside artisan bread and baked goods.”

Richard Garland, partner at George F White, said: “As someone who deals with rural businesses frequently, it is obvious that The Running Fox has found the magic formula which so many businesses look for.”

Work has started to expand the café into the upstairs extension in time for the summer.