Teesside’s most decorated restaurant has literally been given a new lease of life after becoming an independent freehouse.
The owners of Chadwicks Inn Maltby, Helen and Gary Gill, Lee Tolley and head chef, Steven Lawford, have acquired the lease of their multi award-winning gastro pub from Ei Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, eight years after initially launching the business.
And after giving Chadwicks a fresh look with new decor and soft furnishings – added with investment in new equipment and machinery, including an impressive piece of kit that maintains the freshness and quality of wines and fizz for longer – its joint-owners are now looking forward to offering more choice to customers.
Helen said: “We’re delighted that we’re now an independent freehouse as it will give us more freedom to offer our customers more choice.
“We were previously restricted to certain types of lagers, beers and spirits but now we can have more choice and be a bit more creative.”
A traditional country pub and restaurant that sits in the village of Maltby, nestled between Ingleby Barwick and Stainton, just a few minutes’ drive from Yarm, Chadwicks Inn has been awarded the Michelin “Bib Gourmand”, symbolising restaurants listed in the Michelin Guide offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”, while other prestigious awards include two AA Rosettes and a listing in the Michelin Guide for the past seven years.
But as Helen explains, they’re not resting on their laurels.
Investment has been made in an upgraded coffee machine and coffee grinder, with staff being fully trained by coffee experts from North Yorkshire-based suppliers Rountons and also a “Verre de Vin” (which is French for glass of wine) – an impressive piece of equipment that improves the shelf-life of wines and minimises wastage.
“We’re always looking for ways to improve everything,” adds Helen. “We take our wine very seriously, and the Verre de Vin will mean more of our nicer wines will be available by the glass or carafe, which means customers don’t have to buy the whole bottle, and we’ll be able to offer a greater variety.
“We’ve also given the restaurant a freshen up, with new paintwork, soft furnishings and accessories, so it all ties in nicely with us acquiring the lease – it’s an exciting time for us.”
Another change is the appointment of Luke Conroy as restaurant manager – although regulars will recognise he’s not new to Chadwicks.
The 28-year-old, from Yarm, has worked here part-time for four years but took up a full-time role in July before he was offered the manager’s position just a few weeks later.
“Job satisfaction is what I love most about working here,” says Luke. “The team will put all the time and effort in behind the scenes to make sure our customers get as much satisfaction out of their stay as possible, and when they give you good feedback it’s a great feeling – it’s nice to see people walking out with a smile on their face.
“We feel we offer excellent value here at Chadwicks – our lunch and early evening menu is competitively priced and our dinner menu is superb, which is reflected in the fact that we have enjoyed many prestigious accolades over the years.”
Chadwicks Inn’s popularity among Teesside diners is strengthened by the fact Christmas Day lunches have been sold out since the start of the year – and could have sold out many times over – while weekly and Sunday lunches continue to prove popular, as do their wine tasting nights.
To book or make an enquiry at Chadwicks Inn Maltby, give the team a call on 01642 590300 or book online via their website.
• Pictured (above): Chadwicks Inn’s new restaurant manager Luke Conroy (left) with owners Helen Gill, Lee Tolley (right) and head chef Steven Lawford.