Pub set to reopen in May
After several years of closure, work is set to start on the refurbishment of Etal's iconic Black Bull pub '“ anticipated to reopen in May.
Plans drawn up for the Ford and Etal Estates by Newcastle-based surveying and consultancy firm Sanderson Weatherall were handed over this week to Michael Richardson, of MT Richardson Ltd as the appointed contractor.
A lease agreement was concluded at the end of last year between the Estates and two local entrepreneurs, Michael Pickard and Marshall Muirhead.
The Black Bull is Northumberland’s only thatched-roof pub. The aim is to improve and modernise the Black Bull; in particular, it is intended to rebuild the service areas of the pub to modern standards and carry out internal refurbishments.
Pictured from left are Sophie Nicholson, Alex Carter (both Sanderson Weatherall); Elspeth Gilliand (tourism manager at Ford and Etal); Guy Sampson (agent to Ford and Etal); Michael Richardson, Ian Sutherland (both MT Richardson); and Stephen Richardson (Sanderson Weatherall).