The former owners of Emmerdale's 'Woolpack' inn, Glenn and Caroline RoystonIts great to see pubs which appeared to have died, re-opening. Last autumn, Glenn and Caroline Royston (above) moved North from Emmerdale’s legendary ‘Woolpack’ (which is actually in Esholt!) to reopen the Golden Lion in St John’s Chapel. You can read more in the Northern Echo article on their move.

The Rookhope InnMeanwhile, here in Rookhope village, Kenny and Scott breathed new life into the Rookhope Inn placing it firmly back in the heart of the village.

Its good to see from a recent Facebook post that the George & Dragon in Garrigill is also back on the map and looking like the perfect stop for a spot of refreshment in South Tynedale. You can follow more of what they’re doing on their Facebook page – and you can read about more of the great pubs to visit in Weardale on our website Pubs Guide.

George & Dragon, Garrigill

Its also great to see increased visitor numbers – we’ve had a steady of people visiting Terrace Cottage in Rookhope and from the Tripadvisor reviews, it certainly seems that as we had hoped, this has been an excellent base for visiting the region.

We look forward to welcoming more over the coming summer months to Rookhope and the beautiful Northern Pennines – really living up to its name as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty!

View from Terrace Cottage

Chris Tradgett