A coaching inn and public house since around 1800
The Star Inn was built as a coaching inn in around the year 1800, using stone from the ruined Harbottle Castle. It was once a brewery house and has stayed open as a public house under numerous owners and breweries since it was built.
The pub was in the hands of Anne Dunn and her late husband Robert for 46 years as tenants to several different breweries before they purchased it from Alnwick Breweries in approximately 2008. New owners took over from Anne in the summer of 2019 and have been restoring and refurbishing it since then.
We are looking forward to learning more about the The Star Inn's history, and did come across a 'Beer and Whisky in Upper Coquetdale' report commissioned by the Northumberland National Park for a Coquetdale Festival in 2006. It makes reference to The Star inn and its previous name 'The Unicorn' - it is an interesting read with a few old images. We also discovered there had been a murder at the pub in 1843!
If anyone has any photos or information, we'd love to hear from you! Any information or digital photos can also be sent to us using our contact form, thank you.