VIP guests enjoyed an evening of fizz and canapes to celebrate the opening of Walworth Castle’s new restaurant, 1189 Bar & Kitchen.

The launch event at the hotel, near Darlington, was hosted by Gary Philipson from BBC Tees and featured a gin tasting masterclass with Darlington’s Little Quaker Distillery.

Guests were also given the opportunity to look around the historic building, including a privileged peek in the castle’s dungeon.