A TYNEDALE pub which has raked in a string of awards in its 11 years in business has added to its collection with two more accolades.

The Feathers Inn at Hedley-on-the-Hill, near Stocksfield, has been named Best Local restaurant for the North East 2019 in the Good Food Guide, as well as County Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide 2019.

Head chef Rhian Cradock co-owns the restaurant with his wife Helen Greer and the couple found out the news earlier this month. "It was incredible - really amazing," said Helen.

The couple aren't strangers to award success, for last year the restaurant was named the best place in the country for a roast dinner, in the Best British Roast Dinner 2017 competition.

In total they have received over 38 national awards and this year marks the 11th time for them winning the County Dining Pub of the year award.

Helen said the pub's location in the heart of the rural farming community is what she thinks stands them apart.

"We have a very close connection with local suppliers," she said.

"We buy whole animals and do our own butchery which means we are able to use the whole animal. We change the menu every day in order to do that.

"It's also better for the environment if we are using local products because we are not transporting food. It's all part of our commitment to the environment, to be sustainable and support ethical farming."

As well as its award-winning food, the pub began expanding its offer earlier this year to run cookery classes with its chefs based at Ovingham Middle School.