A Tees pub is in new hands thanks to the help of a law firm.
The commercial property team at Stockton-based Jacksons Law recently advised new owners, Jim and Sally Abbot, on the purchase of The Vane in Long Newton.
Jim and Sally bought the pub as it gave their son Andy, and his partner Emily, the perfect opportunity to practice their talents as chef and front of house manager.
Having tried careers in other areas, their passion for good food brought them together whilst working in a local restaurant in Yarm.
The couple now have a number of years’ experience of working in the hospitality sector and this will be their first business venture together.
The Vane has been trading for 200 years, has a traditional bar, an elegantly decorated restaurant, a beer garden, enjoying uninterrupted views over the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors and three double bedrooms.
The family are working hard to make incremental improvements to all areas of the pub to compliment the good food offering.
Head chef Andy said: “It was easy to fall for the charm of The Vane with its picturesque surroundings and period features.
“Sourcing local, fresh ingredients we hope to offer our diners an amazing tasting experience and our ultimate dream is to make it a premier ‘drive out’ destination for dining and events whether it is a private or business occasion.
“We also want to keep the pub as traditional as possible and will continue to serve a wide range of cask ales enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.”
Dating back to the 18th century, when it was known as the New Inn, The Vane is only four miles from Stockton and six miles from Darlington.
Jane Armitage, managing partner at Jacksons, said: “It’s great to see the pub getting a new lease of life by a family who are very passionate about keeping it traditional at the same time.”