Meeting of creditors called by the leisure firm behind The Pullman Hotel in Seaburn

The firm behind the iconic Pullman Hotel on Seaburn seafront are poised to appoint a liquidator at the meeting

The Pullman, Sunderland
The Pullman, Sunderland

A meeting of creditors has been called by the leisure firm behind a landmark seafront venue on Wearside.

Rosalind Leisure stepped in to take over the lease of The Pullman Hotel in Seaburn in August 2013, in a bid to breathe new life into the venue which had once been the jewel in the crown in the area.

The hotel had been closed for some time following the collapse of former operators Wylam Leisure three years ago, but a consortium of local businessmen formed Rosalind Leisure to take on the project from owners Sunderland City Council.

The firm reopened the venue to popular acclaim, after a major refurbishment.

The iconic venue boasts three original Pullman Carriages from the Orient Express, which formed the centrepiece of the hotel, and it had been hoped to turn the venue into a destination eaterie.

In August the firm announced it had appointed a head chef who had been runner-up in the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals.

Leon Dodd had taken second place in the culinary contest in 2008 and so impressed judge Michel Roux Jr that he offered him a job in his two Michelin star restaurant, Le Gavroche.

Last week it was reported that the The Pullman had closed its Platform 5 bar and carriages tearooms, amid “maintenance and an electrical fault”, but the firm had also called in corporate restructuring specialists at Begbies Traynor.

Now director Seamus Patrick Whelan has called a meeting of creditors, to be held at Begbies Traynor’s Newcastle offices on December 1.

A listing posted on the London Gazette states: “The purpose of the meeting is to consider the statement of affairs of the company to be laid before the meeting, to appoint a liquidator and, if the creditors think fit, to appoint a liquidation committee.

“In order to be entitled to a vote at the meeting, creditors must lodge their proxies, together with a statement of their claim, not later than noon on November 28.”

The Pullman Hotel issued a statement which said:

"The directors of Rosalind Leisure would like to clarify that The Pullman is still operating the venue in the form of accommodation and function venue. The temporary closure of Platform 5 and Carriages Tea Rooms has no effect on the function and private hire aspect of the hotel.

"Any clients with functions, private parties and accommodation can be assured that these will still take place, whether they be imminent or future bookings.

"Anyone who requires any further information can contact us on (0191) 5292020 during office hours or message our facebook page.

"More information on the future restructure of The Pullman will be made available shortly."

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