A pub of historic local significance in Killingworth near Newcastle is returning to its original name of The Clousden Hill after nearly half a million was invested by Punch Taverns. The refurbished pub reopened in November with new publicans at the helm, Elaine and Steve Spring who also run another Punch pub, the Bridge Inn nearby in Cramlington. Fifteen new jobs have been created following the investment.
Speaking about the changes at the Clousden Hill, Clive Chesser, CEO at Punch Taverns said: “We are extremely proud of the work that has gone into transforming the Clousden Hill and the support we’ve received from the local community. Elaine and Steve are excellent Publicans and its fantastic that they have chosen to take the Clousden Hill as their second pub with us”.
Landlady, Elaine Spring confirmed: ‘’We’ve been looking for a second pub for a while and when Punch showed us their vision for the Clousden it was just too good to miss. We know the area well and we are really excited to get going and bring this pub back to the heart of the community.’’
The pub was officially reopened by Newcastle Councillor, Nigel Todd who is well known for his research into the significant history of the Clousden Hill agricultural colony, set up 120 years ago and the restoration recognises and celebrates this history of the area.
The major refurbishment also completely overhauled both the interior and exterior of the pub and includes a new outside beer garden with heated under cover seating.