Milbank Arms, Barningham

Durham, England, United Kingdom

Milbank Arms, Barningham

The Milbank Arms is a Grade II listed public house at Barningham, County Durham, DL11 7DW. Built in the early 19th century, it spent a period as a hotel before converting to a public house. It was one of the last public houses in the country to not include a bar counter when one was fitted in 2018. The public house, and former hotel, are named after local land owning family, the Milbanks, who have recently taken over the license.

The building dates back to the early 19th century and it opened as the Milbank Hotel in 1860. In the early 1900s, it was refurbished a public house, but unusually for English pubs it did not include a bar counter. Instead, drinks would be fetched directly from the cellar by the staff. However, a bar was put in place in 2018 by the current landlord - at the time there were only eight remaining pubs without a bar in England. Due to this change, the Campaign for Real Ale have put the pub's "unspoilt" status under review. It had previously been on the Campaign for Real Ale's National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.

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