The Northumberland Arms has served our community as a traditional local pub since 1824, when the premises were leased by Charles Twist from the Duke of Norfolk. It is a pub with a unique character, its multi room layout retaining its charm and warm welcoming atmosphere. In recent times, several local pubs have closed their doors and those that remain have had to look to new ways to survive and prosper. Nationally, it is estimated that 29 pubs close every week.

​To try and prevent the permanent closure of The Northumberland Arms, which is such an important asset to our community, we managed with strong community support to successfully enlist ‘The Thumb’ as an Asset of Community Value, which helps prevent its sale to developers. We have since set up a Community Benefit Society The Northumberland Arms Community Society Limited - and our Community now has the chance to purchase and run it as a Community owned pub. Robinsons Brewery have accepted our offer for the Northumberland Arms and are supportive of our wish to continue to run it as a pub, free of any ties with them.