New captains drop Anchor to set up shop at village inn

At the Anchor Inn, Wooler are  (left to right) Chris Robinson: Landlord; Emma Mavin(!): Barmaid and Geoff Dade: Manager.
At the Anchor Inn, Wooler are (left to right) Chris Robinson: Landlord; Emma Mavin(!): Barmaid and Geoff Dade: Manager.

A village inn has been reopened and the new owners have vowed to push the boat out with a warm welcome and locally-sourced ingredients.

Landlord Chris Robinson and manager Geoff Dade have taken over at The Anchor Inn, Wooler.

The venue had been closed for a number of weeks, but the new skippers of the ship are hoping they can make a positive impact

Chris, who is an experienced professional chef, having worked at the Earl Grey Inn in Durham for a number of years, has said he is looking forward to introducing a traditional British menu at the Inn.

He insists that it will boast a range of locally-sourced meat.

The team also says that there will be a good supply of real ale.

The pair first looked at the Anchor Inn a few years ago, but have now realised its potential as a pit stop for the many walkers who pass through Wooler.

Chris said: “We are looking forward to making the pub famous for its warm welcome to all, and for its excellent food and drink.

“We hope to push the boat out at the Anchor in support of good beer, good food and great company.”

Chris and Geoff have managed pubs in the North East for many years, including The Alnwick Arms.

They recently left the town pub, but say that during their time there, they made a name for themselves for great-tasting, inexpensive food and a good drinks selection, attracting clientele from as far afield as Durham.

The pair also run The Queen’s Head pub in Tweedmouth, which they claim is popular in the area for its friendly atmosphere and competitive pricing.

Geoff added: “While we were sad to leave Alnwick, we were seeking a more permanent home and found it in the Anchor with its cosy, traditional interior and delightful beer garden.”

Dogs are welcome and the pub, which is located at the top of The Peth, will host a separate pool room. Chris and Geoff hope that people will make use of the equipment and that the darts and pool facilities will attract local teams.

There will also be a Monday Club where pensioners can enjoy a hearty meal for £5.

The pub welcomes guests from noon to 11pm, Monday to Thursday, noon to 12.30am, on Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 10pm on Sundays.