HALTWHISTLE’S Manor House Inn has reopened following a complete refurbishment.

The pub, hotel, and restaurant on Haltwhistle Main Street had been closed for several months while work has been carried out after new owner Terry Christie purchased it from Marston’s Brewery.

The pub now boasts 10 refurbished bedrooms along with a new bar and dining area.

Terry explained that he fell in love with the Tyne Valley during holidays to the area when he was younger.

Terry said: “I’ve been coming to the area for many years. I came over with my parents for childhood holidays and I fell in love with the place.

“I always said if I got the opportunity I would live here.

“Because I’ve been coming here for many years when it came up I bought it from Marstons.

“It’s an old 16th century pub, it’s probably the most attractive building in Haltwhistle.”

Terry promptly shut the pub down and began renovations, deciding that it needed a new look if it was to bring in the customers.

Several months and £610,000 later, he says it’s been money well spent.

Business has been good since the Manor House reopened on November 16. The new food menu has proved popular, while a suit of armour known as George has become something of a local celebrity.

Terry continued: “I took it back to the original brickwork. We’ve had a full rewire and a new kitchen put in.

“It’s gone from being a run-down pub to being full to the rafters every day.

“We’ve added features in every room, so it’s how it would’ve been in the 16th century.

“People are calling it the manor reborn.

“We’ve turned it into a vibrant, classy place.

“It was a sleeping giant, just waiting to be awoken by the right person.

Terry added: “I’ve invested my life savings into this, so hopefully it will pay off.”