Popular pub undergoes major refurbishment

One of East Durham’s most popular pubs has undergone a major refurbishment to create a warmer, cosier eatery.

The Royal George in Old Shotton was converted into a high end restaurant several years ago, but the owners the Leamside Ale Company decided to go back to its roots as a pub.

Some £15,000 has been spent on the new look environment to appeal to a wider, more diverse audience.

Manager Peter Martin said: “We wanted to reinvent the restaurant, turning it into a more cosy, warm and inviting place to eat.

“The original design was open, light and airy, and a bit more of a restaurant setting. We wanted to get back to what we really are, and that is a pub.

“We feel we are now more appealing to a wider range of customers, not just those out for special occasions. It’s more like a ‘Tuesday night pub grub’ rather than a meal in a restaurant.

“Although we have tweaked our menus and offers, basically nothing else has changed. Our service style, food and hospitality remains the same.”

As well as the pub, there are also private dining rooms available for business lunches or private parties.

The Working Hand Brewery, part of the Leamside Ale Company based at the Three Horse Shoes at Leamside, has also started brewing its own cask ales and the long term plan is to sell to other pubs as well as its own.

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