Over 30 years ago the tiny hamlet of Red Row Beamish became the unlikely home of Aston Martin restoration in the North. In the outbuildings surrounding his stone farmhouse, Aston Workshop founder Bob Fountain’s home restoration of his personal DB5 was the first stage in a decades long obsession with all things Aston Martin. Fuelled by his early successes, Bob’s ambitious nature and love of building projects soon meant that more space was being constructed nearby in order to work on more cars simultaneously and employ more staff with the specialist skills needed to pursue the very best engineering and restoration solutions for his growing customer base.

Nowadays, on a former sheep field to the east of the farmhouse, Aston Workshop has progressively extended that first newly built workshop and now occupies a comprehensive 45,000 square feet facility on it’s 37 acre site. The business employs a 45-strong workforce with an incredibly diverse range of skills, a number of whom were trained at Aston Martin’s headquarters. Bob remains in the driver’s seat, surrounded by dedicated staff who share his passion and enthusiasm. Three decades of experience ensure a deep understanding of all eras of Aston Martin from pre-war classics to present-day supercars, and we are renowned for our outstanding craftmanship, ingenious engineering solutions and unique range of services.

Aston Workshop can offer everything from complete restorations of vintage, classic and heritage cars to servicing and diagnostics of the very latest models by our factory trained technicians. Our on-site facilities have grown to include two showrooms with 80 car capacity, service bays, comprehensive restoration workshop, trim shop, body shop, engine assembly room and dyno, state-of-the-art spray booths, parts manufacturing and parts distrubution. Having everything under one roof ensures continuity from the start to finish of projects, as well as the most rigorous quality control. After such a long time in the Beamish countryside, just a stone’s throw from its world famous open air museum, it is hard to imagine the local area without the daily sight and sound of Aston Martins on its winding country lanes.

The Car Barn

The Car Barn opened a decade ago as an independent specialist for classic and performance cars. After acquiring MacDonald Racing, the Car Barn operated firstly as Beamish Morgan, the North East’s only Morgan franchise dealer, later becoming the Car Barn and growing as a sports and performance brand. From 2022, the Car Barn became the North East sales and service agent for Ineos Automotive, providing a local base for owners of the brand new Grenadier 4x4, all while keeping a focus on sports, prestige and classic cars.

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The Black Horse Beamish

Perched high looking across the Beamish conservation valley lies Red Row Estate - a glorious 37 acre sprawl with lavender field and woodland, riddled with wildlife and farmyard antiques, and home to the Black Horse Beamish restaurant, The Orchard Marquee, Old Red Row Rooms, Red Row Retreat, and Huckleberry Cottage. Thanks to Bob’s purchase of the 300 year old local pub decades ago we can even offer luxurious accommodation to our visitors. For more information visit the Black Horse Beamish website.

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