Makeover ahead of Northumberland venue’s relaunch as ‘boutique inn’

The Plough in Alnwick.
The Plough in Alnwick.

A north Northumberland bar and hotel has closed its doors today – but will reopen next month after a major revamp to transform it into a luxury ‘boutique inn’.

The Plough in Alnwick will reopen on Friday, February 13, and the new-look pub is the brainchild of landlord David Whitehead, who took over the business a year ago as Punch Taverns’ new partner.

The jointly-funded refurbishment will update the inn’s seven hotel rooms and upgrade internal areas, at a cost of £150,000. David’s vision is to give The Plough the feel of a boutique hotel, with an informal rustic atmosphere.

The reopened inn will also have a new menu based around local and seasonal produce. The food will offer a new take on old classics, including game from the Northumberland Estates and freshly-caught local fish.

The reopened bar will serve cocktails and have Prosecco on tap, as well as offering three local ales.

David is looking forward to providing a better night out for locals, as well as offering a warm welcome to visiting parties and tourists – specially in the summer months. He hopes to create more jobs for local people as the business grows.

David has extensive experience in the catering and licensed trades and this is his third successful pub business in the area. He is also the publican of the popular Jolly Fisherman in Craster, as a Punch Taverns partner. The Jolly Fisherman has a strong reputation for the quality of its food.

David said: “I have a great working relationship with Punch Taverns, having worked with them for more than four years now. They understand what I’m trying to achieve and give me the support I need. This has already worked well at the Jolly Fisherman and I’m really excited by the opportunity I’ve had to relaunch The Plough.”

Caroline Edwards, Punch Taverns’ new business development manager, said: “The refurbishment at The Plough is just part of the £45million we are currently investing in pubs around the country. It’s been a pleasure to work with David at The Jolly Fisherman and I’m sure The Plough is on course to be an inn that locals can be proud of, as well as firmly on the tourist map.”