A popular Northumberland pub is closing its doors to undergo a major makeover as part of a £45m investment programme being carried out by owners Punch Taverns.
The Plough at Bondgate Without in Alnwick will be closed from Monday, January 26 until Friday, February 13, when it will reopen as a luxury boutique inn.
The new-look pub is the brainchild of publican David Whitehead, who took over the business a year ago as Punch Taverns’ new partner, and the jointly funded refurbishment will update the inn’s seven hotel rooms and upgrade internal areas at a cost of £150,000.
Mr Whitehead wants The Plough to have the feel of a boutique hotel with an informal atmosphere and will also introduce a new menu based around local and seasonal produce when the pub reopens.
He also hopes to create more jobs for local people as the business grows.
This is Mr Whitehead’s third pub business in the area, one of which is also a partnership with Punch Taverns – The Jolly Fisherman in Craster.
Mr Whitehead 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 £45m 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.”
The Falcon Pub ins Prudhoe also forms part of the investment programme, having reopened at the end of last year following a £300,000 makeover from licensee Mark Ruddock and owners Punch Taverns.