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A pub with a regionally important historic interior

A pub with a regionally important historic interior, the result of CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and help protect and promote the most important historic pub interiors in the country.

NORTHUMBERLAND - Whittingham, Bridge of Aln Hotel

An historic pub interior of regional importance

Whittingham, Whittingham, NE66 4RW

Directions: on A697

Tel: (01665) 574202

Website:

Real Ale & Cider: Real Ale

Listed Status: Grade II

List Entry Number: 1041292

Listing Date: 1986

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PUB CURRENTLY CLOSED

A real time-warp which has been in the same family ownership since 1918. An imposing Virginia creeper covered hotel still with its stables from its days as a coaching inn. The fittings are not sophisticated but are interesting as showing the kind of things installed in many a pub during the austerity years of the 1950s. The public bar with 'Select Bar' on the door from the corridor is virtually unchanged since then with a tiled fireplace, high-backed fixed seating and a bar counter which was a hatch in a screen until the early 1970s and 70s ply panels cover old wood on the front. On the left is another public room also with 1950s fireplace and more high-backed fixed seating which creates a passage from the entrance. Note the tiny corner Formica top tables in the seating. There is no till just a drawer. The corridor on the right has a hatch which acted as the reception for the hotel. Across the corridor there is a lounge, formerly the dining room which is used for meetings, functions etc. and has another 1950s fireplace. Famous visitors include Ramsey MacDonald and his daughter Isabel in 1931 (there is a photo in the kitchen) and Ted Heath visited in 1971 (and 1982?) - see the photo on the bar back.

Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham
Exterior
Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham
Main Bar
Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham
Left Hand Room
Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham
Rear Right Room
Bridge of Aln Hotel, Whittingham
Passageway