Etal pub to reopen next spring after new tenants found

The Black Bull at Etal
The Black Bull at Etal

The Black Bull in Etal, closed for more than a year, is to reopen with new tenants next spring.

New tenants Michael Pickard and Marshall Muirhead have come to a tenancy agreement with the owners, Ford and Etal Estates, which includes much-needed refurbishment of Northumberland’s only thatched-roof pub.

Estate agents Savills’ Wooler office handled the search for a tenant for the pub, which was previously a tied house.

Speaking to The Clarion, Guy Sampson, who looks after Ford and Etal Estates’ affairs, said: “The Estate is delighted to have secured the future running of the pub for coming years.

“We hope to see a step-change in the level of hospitality available to visitors and locals after many years of being a tied house. To support this, the Estate is planning to improve and modernise the Black Bull and, in particular, it is intended to rebuild the service areas of the pub to modern standards and carry out internal refurbishments.

“A planning application has been submitted for those works requiring consent and strip-out works are expected to begin very shortly.”

The pub is being taken under a commercial lease, for an initial term of 11 years.

It will be the fourth north Northumberland pub to reopen recently following the Black Bull at Lowick, Plough on the Hill at Allerdean and the Brown Bear in Berwick.