Northumberland Pub wins big just months after sister site won top prize

A North East-based pub has picked up a top award and has been named the North East Pub of the Year

A North East leisure group is celebrating its second awards win in just as many months after its other property received a top award.

The Blackbird at Ponteland, Newcastle, picked up North East Pub of the Year in the North East Tourism Awards.

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Now its sister site, The Northumberland Arms at Felton near Alnwick has just been named a winner of the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row.

Both properties are part of the Northumberland Pub Company and have both been singled out for their attention to detail, their food offering and the general standards on offer.

The Travellers’ Choice Awards are judged on the reviews that travellers left on the Tripadvisor site, based on consistently high standards and a positive experience.

Recent reviews of the pub include comments such as “five star service and food,” “superb,” and “great evening out,” with a great number of excellent scores.

The Northumberland Arms, a former coaching inn built in the 1820s, has been fully restored and offers a seasonal menu in the six-bedroom establishment.

Stuart Young, owner of the Northumberland Pub Company, said: “It has been a fantastic few months, first being named North East Pub of the Year for The Blackbird and now this amazing Tripadvisor award for The Northumberland Arms,” he said.

“Everyone knows what a tough few years it has been for the hospitality industry so we are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our teams have been recognised in such important ways.”

The Northumberland Arms wins just months after sister site The Blackbird picked up an award

Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor, praised the winners, saying: “The Travellers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality according to those who matter most - guests,” he said.

“Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough, but never more so this year as we emerge from the pandemic.

“I’m impressed with the steps that have been taking to meet travellers’ new demands and how venues have been able to consistently deliver positive experiences.”