A pint of beer while you’re buying bread?

The Running Fox in Felton.
The Running Fox in Felton.

A bid to create a pub in a north Northumberland village has been submitted – just beneath a successful artisan bakery and café.

Mr P Johnson has submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council for the change of use of the basement at 2 to 4 Riverside, in Felton, to a micro-pub.

The site itself used to be the Widdrington Arms pub in the 19th century before becoming an antiques shop.

Currently, it is home to The Running Fox, but the basement, which has a separate access from Main Street, is not used.

The premises is very small (32 sq m) and will only accommodate a maximum capacity of 30 people. The pub will provide an opportunity for friends to gather and socialise over a quiet drink. No music or TV shall be played so the noise disruption will be minimal.

The business will be run independently of the café, but will share some facilities, including toilets.

Felton doesn’t have a pub at the moment, but the building is located very close – just across the River Coquet – to the Northumberland Arms in West Thirston.

However, as the application points out, this is a separate village, despite its proximity.

A planning statement submitted with the application says: ‘The applicants have an existing business at The Toll House in Morpeth, which has proven extremely popular with local residents. They now intend to open a similar venture in their hometown of Felton.’