Horse shoes prove lucky for old pub

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HORSE shoes are reputed to be lucky, and that’s certainly proved to be the case for a former coaching inn just off the A189.

The Three Horse Shoes at High Horton is the only bar in south east Northumberland to make it into the latest editions of both the Good Beer Guide and the Good Pub Guide.

Landlord Ian Trinder, 59, now seven years into his third stint at the 231-year-old pub, said: “That’s fine. I’m over the moon.”

Other pubs featured in the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale and edited by Roger Protz, include Olivers in Blyth, the Plough at Cramlington, the Queen’s Head at Newbiggin, the Delaval Arms at Old Hartley, the Melton Constable at Seaton Sluice and the Old Red Bull and Tap and Spile in Morpeth.

Bedlington’s Northumberland Brewery is also given a mention.

Other pubs featured in the Good Beer Guide, published by Ebury Press and edited by Alisdair Aird and Fiona Stapley, include the Snowy Owl at Cramlington, the Ridley Arms at Stannington and the Widdrington Inn at Widdrington.

Both books are out now and priced at £15.99.