In our latest blog we thought we would give you a round-up of what’s happening here at The Pheasant Inn Kielder, as we look forward into 2015.
It’s been all go as our winter refurbishment carries on at a pace, ahead of our re-opening next week. Robin has said a sad farewell to our trusty oven range, a Falcon Dominator which was installed in 1973 – the same year that Sunderland won the FA cup, if any of you can remember that far back. I can’t estimate how many tasty meals it’s produced but it must be in the tens of thousands, and we hope its replacement will be equally reliable.
Our dining room is also getting a makeover, with decorator Paul doing a great job finishing the painting ahead of the new soft furnishings arriving. We had a little bit of trouble with our beautiful new carpet recently, when a visitor accidentally walked some sort of heavy industrial grease right through the bar, dining room and up the stairs. Luckily, Barrasford-based carpet cleaning expert Malcolm Nixon was on our doorstep at 9.30am the following morning and did an amazing job cleaning the carpets – you wouldn’t even know there had been a problem, many thanks to him for helping us out.
It’s been a very chilly few weeks up here in Northumberland, and out in the kitchen garden, three loads of Ridley Stokoe farm’s finest manure and the local worms are busy working their magic, ready for the new growing season.
We’re also recruiting again, particularly for someone with kitchen experience and a keen interest in cooking, who can work alongside Robin or independently. If you know of anyone looking for a move, we would love to hear from them.
And lastly, the B&B season bookings are already taking off, in fact all our current accommodation is now booked for New Year break in 2015. We are hoping Garden Cottage, our new two bedroom self-catering cottage will be available by then too, pop over to our Facebook page to see how the conversion is coming along, and let us know what you think.
"Good people, good place, good food, good beer."
visitor from London
"An old English pub with modern accommodation in an idyllic spot. Good food, friendly staff ...need I say more? Fitness Centre? The great outdoors!"
visitor from Somerset
"The Kershaws' cooking is fresh, generous and flavoursome, producing wholesome traditional English fare."
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