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Published on February 4th, 2020 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Owners to take the high road

The 18th Century Red Lion Inn, in Milfield, Northumberland, has been put up for sale by owners Iain and Claire Burn. After more than 30 years in the trade, the couple are looking to sell the award-winning pub and restaurant to move on to other projects.

The Red Lion is an established country village inn sitting right on the scenic A697 between Morpeth and Coldstream, close to the Northumberland National Park boundary and the nearby market town of Wooler. Originally frequented by sheep drovers and passengers on the Mail Stage Coach between Edinburgh and London, it is now undoubtedly one of the county’s most impressive food and drink venues.

These days, fishermen, golfers, shooting parties and tourists benefit from Claire and Iain’s simple innkeeping principles – well-kept ale, wholesome food, efficient service and a bed for the night with a generous breakfast that sends folks happily on their way.

“We have a great local following for lunch and beer from pensioners to the young farmers on a weekend,” says Iain. “The four chalets at the rear have been going really well in the five years we’ve had them, as are the two upstairs rooms.”

The Red Lion offers a range of sandwiches to pub classics – wholesome home-cooked food, freshly prepared using locally sourced seasonal ingredients such as steak and ale pie and pan-fried salmon fillet with garlic king prawns, followed by decadent homemade desserts.


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