ALMOST 40 new jobs have been created in Haltwhistle thanks to the refurbishment of an iconic pub.

The Manor House Inn underwent major refurbishment to transform it into a gastro pub and hotel last year.

Thirty eight people are currently employed by the pub, including four full-time chefs, eight kitchen staff and 26 hotel and bar staff.

In addition, 45 local tradespeople were employed to carry out the renovations.

Coun. Alan Sharp, chairman of Haltwhistle Town Council, said: “This is fantastic news for the local community. Terry Christie should be hugely praised for his significant investment in Haltwhistle and for creating local employment.

“He has done an amazing job on the Manor House. The standard of finish is phenomenal.

“I’ve no doubt the high-quality food and drink offering, and the stunning rooms will help attract people to the area.”

Mr Christie added: “I’m thrilled to be able to make a lifelong dream come true with the opening of the inn. Since I was a child, my family has been coming to this area for holidays. I always remember the Manor House as a lovely place.”

“Now finally I can give others the kind of happy memories I had at the Manor House.”