1189 Bar and Kitchen opens its doors at Walworth Castle

Following a £50,000 investment, the 1189 Bar and Kitchen has opened its doors at Walworth Castle Hotel.

Named after the year the castle dates back to, the newly-refurbished 1189 Bar and Kitchen serves a range of traditional dishes created by head chef Steven Myers and his team.

Rachel Swain, who has been a co-owner of Walworth Castle along with her husband Chris since 2000, said: “We wanted to provide a casual eating space with a comforting menu, providing everything from light snacks to Chateaubriand.

“Chris and I are completely passionate about Walworth Castle and it has been our life’s work to get Walworth Castle where it is today.”

Chris Swain continued: “You can never rest on your laurels in such a fast moving industry. We are always striving to improve what we offer and this is the reason for launching 1189 Bar and Kitchen.

“We wanted to create an environment where guests can come and enjoy drink and a snack or a delicious three course meal.

“We wanted to create a friendly, professional environment where everyone is welcome, whether they are resident at the hotel or a stand alone diner.”

He added: “Having recently won Best Western’s Small Hotel of the Year, this has given us the springboard to let people know that Walworth Castle has changed considerably over the recent years, and we are excited to welcome customers, both old and new.”

Walworth Castle Hotel is an original 12th-century castle located on the outskirts of Darlington. You can find out more about Walworth Castle Hotel and the 1189 Bar and Kitchen on their website.

David Wriglesworth
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