Pub closes for short period to undergo refurbishment

The Plough Inn, Ellington, is currently closed as a refurbishment is being carried out.
The Plough Inn, Ellington, is currently closed as a refurbishment is being carried out.

A popular pub in a Northumberland village has temporarily closed as its major renovation project has got under way.

Various works will be carried out at The Plough Inn, Ellington, as a result of a £322,000 investment by pub company Punch.

They include a full redecoration, new flooring and lighting, new toilets and improvements to the beer garden. In addition, the kitchen will be upgraded and extended to cater for a new menu.

Although the work will cause some disruption for publican Katrina Robinson, it is no more than she is used to because when she first took over the establishment in 2009, it had no electricity supply and she was forced to serve customers with bottled beer by candlelight.

She said: “That was a real baptism of fire for me, but the community pulled together and it was a great way of getting to know everyone.

“It will be a bit strange not having a pub to run for a few weeks, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the result and showing it to customers.”

She added that she is excited at soon being able to offer a wider selection of freshly-prepared traditional pub food.

Situated close to the start of the Northumberland Coast Path, The Plough Inn is popular with walkers and cyclists, who also make use of its four letting bedrooms.

The pub will re-open on Friday, April 14.