The Barrasford Arms dates back to the 1870s and has become a social hub for the local community in Northumberland. The old owner Tony Binks decided to retire at the beginning of the year after eleven years running the pub.
Michael, the new owner previously worked as executive head chef at Slaley Hall Hotel, and most recently the new Malmaison hotel in Dundee, among various other establishments throughout his career, including the Fisherman’s Lodge restaurant in Newcastle, where he met his wife Victoria. Whilst Michael will be running the kitchen, Victoria will be running the front of house at the Barrasford Arms.
The couple took over running the pub in June 2017 and since then have renovated and added their own take to this iconic pub.
We caught up with Michael & Victoria to find out how they’ve been getting on:
“There have been a few changes to the menu, but coming into a small village we are not coming in to change everything – simple things done well work well,” said Michael.
“The poly-tunnels are up and running now, so we can grow some of our own ingredients.”
“Some of the classics will never leave, such as the cheese souffle, the grilled ribeye steak and the sticky toffee pudding – they are very well liked.”
“I’m quite big on local suppliers so there’s Sewingshields farm along the military road, Jamie Murray from there supplies us with our beef and lamb, Wheelbirks for our ice cream and we also use Matfen Brewery.
“I think it’s important to make the food reflect the north east of England. After living in Scotland I can see there’s a lot more happening on the doorstep in Northumberland than what people realise.”
In a recent visit from AA guide they have officially been given a 4* inn rating and retained their 1 rosette for food. They have continue to be central to the local community and have many events, including ‘ladies lunch’ on the first Tuesday of every month, steak night on a Thursday and live music on the first Tuesday of every month.