The Blackbird named Pub of the Year

The Blackbird, Ponteland was named Pub of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards.

Judged highly for its quality service, al fresco offering and adapting to challenges brought on by Covid, the team collected the award in Newcastle as the region’s best visitor attractions and hospitality operators were honoured at the annual ceremony.

Along with expanding its outdoor area to welcome a new, permanent outdoor tipi and street food kitchen, the team at The Blackbird introduced a takeaway service during lockdown and created a series of themed event boxes for diners to enjoy at home.

Stuart Young of the Northumberland Pub Company, which operates The Blackbird, said: “We are over the moon to be named Pub of the Year. This award is a testament to the hard work of our whole team, who pride themselves on going above and beyond, and delivering the best possible experience for our visitors.

“A great pub would be nothing without great customers to fill it and we are very grateful to everyone who has stopped by to support us by drinking and dining with us over the last seven years. It’s a fantastic feeling to know that all of our hard work during the challenges of the last few years have paid off and we couldn’t be prouder to become an award-winning venue.”

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