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New pub and restaurant opens in County Durham village following NatWest support

A new pub and restaurant has opened its doors on the site of a 400 year-old inn, in County Durham, thanks to a package of support from NatWest.

The Fox and Tree in Dalton-le-Dale, near Seaham, has opened on the site of the former The Times Inn, which closed in 2019, despite residents’ disappointment. Following the pub’s closure, a grassroots campaign was launched by locals to take on the running of the “historic” pub in a bid to keep the establishment open.

Although that initiative didn’t succeed, the refurbished pub has opened again this week after local lads Ian Foxton, from Sunderland, and Paul Rowntree, from Durham, sought support from NatWest to back the site as a new business venture after deciding to bring the pub back to life.


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