A pub has been named 'Pub of the Year 2022' in a prestigious award.

On March 24, The Blackbird in Ponteland, Northumberland was named Pub of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards.

The venue was judged highly for its quality service, al fresco offering, and how it adapted to challenges brought on by pandemic, among others.

Over the last few years, the business has expanded its outdoor area to welcome a new, permanent outdoor tipi and street food kitchen which the venue introduced a takeaway service over 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, is delighted to be recognised by such a respected awards body.

“We are over the moon to be named Pub of the Year at the Noth East England Tourism Awards,” he said.

“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.”