A leisure firm has transformed a former hospital into the height of hospitality following a £1.5m investment.
Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle is branching out by opening a second venture in Northumberland, ploughing the seven-figure sum into St Mary’s Inn, a one-time hospital administration building near Stannington village in Northumberland, a venture also creating 40 new jobs.
Ahead of its opening on November 1 the Journal was given a sneak peak inside the gastro pub, which boasts 11 bedrooms.
Set 10 minutes from the A1 and 20 minutes north of Newcastle, the inn includes a number of drinking and snug areas by the bar ,which will serve real ales from local breweries in addition to the pub’s own ale St Mary’s Ale which has been brewed especially by local brewery Wylam Brewery.
There are also five dining areas offering good pub food, as well as afternoon tea and Sunday lunch and a private room for up to 20 guests.
Each ensuite bedroom has been designed to have its own identity, and guests can also sample a private rooftop suntrap courtyard.
General manager Victor Castro-Quiroga said: “We want to create something very special when we open St Mary’s Inn.
“A brand new pub with its own character and personality. Something distinct and different, but something that people can totally relate to where dining or staying will be a relaxed, informal and friendly experience to savour.”