Pub is pumped up and ready to go

The Dirty Bottles Taproom and Smokehouse.
The Dirty Bottles Taproom and Smokehouse.

Innovation is on the menu at a historic pub which reopens tonight, following a major overhaul.

With self-service beer, iPad ordering system and imported American smoker, owner Mark Jones believes The Dirty Bottles Taproom and Smokehouse will set the bar high and really turn heads. He said: “We wanted to bring something different to the table and there really isn’t anything like this in the North East.

“The star of the show really is the self-serving craft-beer wall and the self-serving tables with beer taps. The iPad ordering system will allow people to order food, wine and cocktails from their tables.

“We have a great team of mixologists for the cocktails and a great team of chefs and we are trying to tick a lot of boxes.

“We want to welcome young and old, locals and tourists, and I hope it will also help to stimulate Alnwick’s night-time economy.”

Food is an important part of the venture. On top of the American smoker menu, there will also be a more traditional offering and produce will be local, where possible.

Award-winning bar designer Simon McIlwraith of Collective Design has restyled the venue. Mark said: “We have been respectful of the building and its history, but we have mixed it with a fresh and cool feel.”

The pub has created 12 jobs and will show Sky Sports and BT Sport. It opens at 7pm today for drinks only, followed by a full launch, with food menu, from noon tomorrow.

Mark also has the town’s I Won’t Tell nightspot.