A NORTH EAST leisure group is celebrating after one of its properties received a top international award – putting it in the top ten per cent in the world.

The Northumberland Arms at Felton, near Alnwick, has just been named a winner of the 2022 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for the second year in a row – putting the pub with rooms in the top percentage of hotels worldwide.

The Travellers’ Choice Awards are judged on the reviews that travellers left on the Tripadvisor site, based on consistently high standards and a positive experience.

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As a former coaching inn built in the 1820s, The Northumberland Arms has been fully restored and as well as offering a seasonal menu has six bedrooms, all with their own unique style.

In March, The Blackbird at Ponteland, Newcastle, won North East Pub of the Year in the North East Tourism Awards.

Both properties are part of the Northumberland Pub Company and have both been singled out for their attention to detail, their food offering and the general standards on offer.

The Northern Echo: The Northumberland Arms in Felton. Picture: NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS.The Northumberland Arms in Felton. Picture: NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS.

Stuart Young, owner of the Northumberland Pub Company, said: “It has been a fantastic few months, first being named North East Pub of the Year for The Blackbird and now this amazing Tripadvisor award for The Northumberland Arms.

“Everyone knows what a tough few years it has been for the hospitality industry so we are delighted that the hard work and dedication of our teams have been recognised in such important ways.”

Kanika Soni, chief commercial officer at Tripadvisor, has also praised the winners.

The Northern Echo: The interior of the pub. Picture: NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS.The interior of the pub. Picture: NORTHUMBERLAND ARMS.

He added: “The Travellers’ Choice Awards recognise the best in tourism and hospitality according to those who matter most – guests.

“Ranking among the Travellers’ Choice winners is always tough, but never more so this year as we emerge from the pandemic.

“I’m impressed with the steps that have been taking to meet travellers’ new demands and how venues have been able to consistently deliver positive experiences.”

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