We are Shaun Gardner and Jimmy Little and we own and manage The Sally.
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As a small family-run business, it is important to us that we have the right people by our side. We have handpicked a talented team who focus on providing excellent customer care and a quality guest experience. We are not currently hiring, but we are always keen to hear from people who may bring something special to the table. Send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with a covering letter explaining why you’d like to join us. New vacancies will be posted below and shared via our social media channels. Please bookmark this page and check back at a later date or follow us on Facebook for updates.
Built in 1895, The Sally (previously known as The Salutation Inn) was a Victorian Coaching Inn. Little is known about its history for the first part of the century but by the sixties it was owned by Whitbread and run by Henry Guardhouse and his wife, Betty. Known for miles around, ‘Henry’ is said to have been a true character and locals today still have a few tales to tell of his tenancy.
By the 80s the pub had been split into two sections with a ‘cocktail bar’ where children were not allowed – very different to today where we aim to create a welcoming atmosphere for everyone! Your hosts Shaun and Jimmy purchased the premises in September 2016 after it has been closed and derelict for two years. They are delighted that the pub is back where it belongs, at the heart of the local community!
The beautiful village of Irthington, sits on the north side of the River Irthing. Located on what was called ‘Stanegate’, literally meaning ‘stone road’, this Roman frontier byway stretched from Carlisle to Corbridge. Hadrian’s Wall lies about half a mile northwest of the village. In the village, you’ll find St Kentigern church. It dates back to Norman times but has been restored many times throughout the centuries. A five-bell clock tower was added in 1897 and more changes were made in the 20 th Century. It is believed that some of the stone used in the chancel came from Hadrian’s Wall. Roman remains, including altars and coins have also been found in the village.
It is thought that there was once a medieval castle at Irthington, but nothing remains now except a mound of earth. Keep your eyes peeled for interesting wildlife. Red squirrels and brown long-eared bats have been spotted in the area, as well as oystercatchers, whooper swans, peregrine, grey heron and buzzards. On the ground floor at The Sally you will find an information board of interesting things to do in the area, updated regularly by members of the team. Please let us know if you have stumbled upon anything interesting during your stay. We love to hear recommendations from our guests.