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Expanding offer by selling tea and tapas

Arron Greenwood, Sarah Becker, Graham Bell, Lauren Horton and John Magleave at The No.1 Hotel and Wine Lounge in Wooler.

Arron Greenwood, Sarah Becker, Graham Bell, Lauren Horton and John Magleave at The No.1 Hotel and Wine Lounge in Wooler.

A family which already runs a pub and restaurant in a north Northumberland village has now opened a third venture – a hotel and wine lounge.

John Magleave and wife Steph bought the Black Bull Hotel in Wooler about 16 years ago before ‘retiring’ to the village about eight years ago.

The family are also the owners of Milan Restaurant and last year took on The Red Lion pub, which is just across the road from the other venues.

Following renovation and repair work, the renamed No. 1 Hotel and Wine Lounge opened two weeks ago offering tapas and afternoon teas alongside rooms and the bar.

John said: “We tried to buy it (The Red Lion) about six years ago. It was in a very run-down state and the previous owner did a lot of good work.

“We have been open about two weeks and been really successful, especially at night-time.

“We have had a lot of local support and there have been a lot of caravanners here this week, because the caravan site is quite full.”

He explained that one of the reasons for owning another place that serves food is that at times in the summer, they are turning away about 40 people a night from Milan.

“We didn’t want to open it as a pub, because fours pubs in Wooler are struggling,” said John. “Three can survive.

“We thought we would do something different and push the rooms.”

The hotel has seven double and twin rooms of varying sizes, which range in price from £55 B&B to £75 B&B per night.

Out the back, but with its own entrance, is a three-bedroom holiday cottage, which will be let out via Northumbrian Cottages for £500 a week.

And already the new venture is helping to boost the economy in the village as nine people have been employed, not including the family members involved.

Looking forward, John said that they are likely to take on some more staff as well.

 

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