Transformation work starts at former pub

Lynda Davie is creating Bertram's of Warkworth in the building that was the Black Bull.'Picture Jane Coltman
Lynda Davie is creating Bertram's of Warkworth in the building that was the Black Bull.'Picture Jane Coltman

A former village pub which has stood empty for a number of years is being given a new lease of life, after permission was granted and work has started to turn it into a café and bed and breakfast.

Lynda Davie, from Alnwick, is behind the plans to transform the empty Warkworth premises, which used to be the Black Bull.

The project will see the one-time public house section of the property turned into a ground-floor café, while the first and second floors will house a total of six guest bedrooms.

Lynda has changed the name of the building to Bertram’s, after Sir Bertram who was thought to be first hermit who took residence in the village’s famous hermitage.

Building work has started and the aim is to open the café in time for the school summer holidays, before having the bed and breakfast rooms available later in the year.

Lynda, who purchased the building in July, before winning planning permission at the back end of 2014, said: “I’m so excited that work has started, to breathe some life into the building which has been in a state of disrepair over the last few years.”

Lynda wants the food offering to be fresh, with an abundance of wholesome and local treats. The premises will be fully licensed, so customers can enjoy a fine selection of wines, beers, gins and malts, among other things.

She added: “Bertram’s customers will enjoy warming by the cosy fireplaces in winter and in summer, the café’s courtyard will be a botanical delight. We will welcome dogs, boots and bicycles.”

Highfields Northern, of Newton on the Moor, has been appointed under instruction of Edwin Thompson and KB Surveying to do the work.

For information, including job opportunities and opening times, visit facebook.com/bertramswarkworth or www.bertrams.co.uk