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Hebburn pub to reopen following a £475,000 revamp

8 August 2019

The Mill Tavern in Hebburn, closed since October 2018, is to reopen in September following a major £475,000 refurbishment by Star Pubs & Bars and new licensees Alex and Gary Davison.

Born and brought up near Hebburn, Alex knew The Mill Tavern of old and had been saddened to see its decline in recent years.   Rather than bemoan the fact, she decided to do something about it and has taken it on with the view to creating the best family friendly community pub in the area.

Funds are being spent updating and upgrading The Mill Tavern, giving it a modern look with a retro twist.  The interior is being opened up with pillars removed to improve viewing and create a spacious bar suitable for drinking, coffees and casual dining as well as a quieter restaurant area.  There will also be a new kitchen to enable the pub to offer fresh home cooked food, new oak flooring with tiling around the bar area, exposed brick walls and four large HDTVs ensuring sport can be seen anywhere in the pub.   Colourful soft furnishing and high-quality mood lighting will add to the atmosphere.  The loos are also being completely overhauled with new fittings and décor.

Outside, the pub is getting a makeover including a fresh dark green and khaki render, signage and lighting and a re-landscaped, re-turfed large beer garden at the front of the pub with new tables and chairs providing seating for 100 for alfresco eating and dining.

Foodwise, there will be a new menu offering traditional pub classics and a carvery on a Sunday, the only one within walking distance of The Mill Tavern. 

The drinks will include craft lagers, draught ales and draught and bottled cider, wine for all budgets, and a substantial spirits menu including 30 different gins and cocktails.

Alex’s plans for entertainment at The Mill Tavern include: Live Sky sports, a quiz night and darts as well as live local bands on the last Friday of the month

The Mill Tavern will be open from 1111, for barista style coffee and drinks with food served daily from 12-9.

Alex said:  “Having been brought up in the area, I have many family friends living locally so could see the unrealised potential of The Mill Tavern.  We weren’t looking to take on a pub, but when I heard The Mill Tavern was up for lease, I knew it was a challenge I’d love to take up.  I am not interested in running any other pub. I just want to breathe new life into The Mill Tavern, put it back at the heart of the community where it belongs and make it the best it can be.”.

Gary Corney, Regional Operations Director for Star Pubs & Bars said:  “We’re delighted Alex and Gary have taken on the Mill Tavern.  Alex knows the pub and the local community personally and is passionate about creating a great family and dog friendly local for residents.  Over the last four years a lot of houses have been built in the area with more planned yet there are few invested in pubs offering food that can cater for them.  This backdrop combined with our investment and Alex at the helm will be a winning combination.. 

“Heineken is a passionate supporter of the great British pub and is investing £50m this year in pubs like The Mill Tavern ensuring they continue to be relevant to their local communities and are sustainable in the long -term.”