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Lord Crewe Arms to relaunch in 2013

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The Lord Crewe Arms in Blanchland is set to relaunch in 2013 following a major refurbishment that involved placing new kitchen equipment in the popular site as well as converting it to a 21-bedroom hotel.

Following the £1.5 million renovation, owner Calcot Hotels expressed their hope that they will now be able to establish the site as a quality establishment and attract new custom to the area.

Located on the Northumberland-Durham border, the pub dates back to the 1700s and is named for the former Bishop of Oxford and Durham Lord Nathaniel Crewe.

Calcot Hotels chairman Richard Ball said: "We aim to forge a strong reputation for great food, wine and beer alongside genuine hospitality for all."

"Blanchland, with its impressive abbey ruins, is a most captivating village which has been virtually untouched over the past 300 years."

He added that the refurbishment of the Lord Crewe Arms is aiming to walk a tightrope between sensitive restoration that takes the area's impressive history into account and modernisation of the pub and its amenities.

Blanchland is one of only six listed villages in the country and benefits from its location, which is just a short journey from Durham and Newcastle. These attractions are expected to help Calcot Hotels in their aim to establish the Lord Crewe Arms as a central tourist hub for the north-east.

The establishment was previously managed by J&G Inns, which went into administration last year.

According to Caterer & Hotelkeeper, Calcot Hotels also own Calcot Manor, Barnsley House and the Village Pub in Gloucestershire.

UK pub operator Marston's recently revealed the impact of focusing on food across many of the sites in its portfolio, an attitude similar to that being taken by Calcot Hotels in their renovation plans.

Marston's enjoyed a 2.2 per cent yearly increase in sales, despite facing a tough economic backdrop.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801469530-ADNFCR

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