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The Milbank Arms is an historic institution, operating as a pub since at least 1690 and first licensed in 1774

“In the 18th century everybody drank and few drank moderately. The habit was common to all, rich and poor alike, and no doubt the folk of Barningham and Newsham thoroughly enjoyed a drink when occasion demanded.”

Extract from ‘As Time Passed By – A History of Barningham’, by J. Merryne Watson.

Nobody knows for certain how long there has been an inn on the site of today’s Milbank Arms, but a clue to its age may be the fact that it was once called The Royal Oak, a name given to hundreds of inns in the late 17th and early 18th centuries to commemorate the escapades of Charles II and the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.

Mark Milbanke, a Merchant Adventurer, Sheriff of Newcastle in 1638 and Mayor of Newcastle in 1658 and 1672, provided much financial assistance to the exiled Charles II, and on his restoration the king offered him a baronetcy which he declined in favour of his son Mark, who was created a baronet in 1661. In 1679 he was appointed sheriff of Northumberland and in 1689 his son Acclom purchased Barningham Estate. We assume that the inn was named The Royal Oak around this time.

There were several inns operating in Barningham throughout the 18th century.  The earliest licences we know of date from 1774, when no fewer than four innkeepers were recorded in Barningham.  By 1778 the number had fallen to three: The Royal Oak, The Boot and Shoe (closed around 1800 and now The Hollies) and The Black Horse (closed in 1916 and now Elim Cottage). The Royal Oak changed its name to The Milbank Hotel in 1863 and to The Milbank Arms in 1910.

Period ownedPub namePublican
c.1690 – 1772 The Royal Oakinc. Thomas Bowman (?)
1774 – 1820The Royal OakJoseph Bowman
1820 – 1836The Royal OakElizabeth Bowman
1836 – 184?The Royal OakRobert and Ann Spenceley
184? – 185?The Royal OakRalph and Ann Goundry
185? – 1902The Milbank Hotel (1863)Ralph Hixon Goldsbrough
1902 – 1910The Milbank HotelAlice Goldsbrough
1910 – 1939The Milbank ArmsRobert Henry Dobson
1939 – 1987The Milbank ArmsSam and Hannah Turner
1987 – 2018The Milbank ArmsNeil Turner


Our four bedrooms have been created individually, with a focus on traditional English country style and with an emphasis on boutique hotel standard comfort and luxury.


We serve a delicious menu which has been carefully developed by our head chef with a focus on popular traditional dishes, using seasonally fresh and locally sourced ingredients.


We serve an extensive selection of both alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. The wines, spirits, beers, cocktails and soft drinks menus have been carefully considered to provide choice and quality.

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