A much-loved Morpeth pub has been bought by a North East business consortium after being put up for sale.
The Joiners Arms, on Wansbeck Street, will continue to operate after it was snapped up by the local businessmen and the deal also safeguards 10 jobs.
The acquisition was facilitated by Bradley Hall Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents and Sintons Law.
Neil Hart, group managing director at Bradley Hall, said: “This purchase shows that the commercial property and business industry in Morpeth is still thriving.
“In an era which is seeing traditional pubs close their doors for good, The Joiners Arms continues to be popular thanks to its homely and comfortable feel.
“We expect to see its popularity and clientele grow under the new ownership.
“The purchase also protects a number of jobs, while looking to create more in the future.
“My clients are set to continue operating the business while introducing a number of minor improvements along the way.”
The Joiners Arms has become known for its real ale selection and has previously been featured in the CAMRA real ale guide. The lounge overlooks the River Wansbeck and is within walking distance of Morpeth town centre.
Tom Wills, partner and head of agriculture and estates at Sintons Law, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of Northumberland’s best loved pubs.
“This establishment has been a popular destination for several years and the local community would have been very disappointed to see it close.”