A landmark Northumberland hotel is to re-open after a £700,000 re-fit.
The County Hotel in Northumberland, will be re-opened after a joint project between local company Priestpopple Partners Limited and the hotel’s owners Punch Taverns.
The hotel, one of the best known in the market town, has been closed since 2012, with an attempt to re-open it last November foundering when Punch’s then partners pulled out.
As a result of the investment, 25 new jobs have been created at the hotel.
The hotel’s seven bedrooms have been upgraded and the hotel will have a new menu featuring local produce. It will open every day 11am-11pm Sunday to Thursday and 11am–12pm Friday and Saturday.
Managing Director of Priestpopple Partnerships Limited, Ben Robson, said: “The hotel looks fantastic. We jumped at the chance to take on the County as we could see its potential and shared Punch’s vision to return it to its former glory and put it back at the heart of the community.
“We wanted to update the hotel and make it contemporary without losing the iconic character and warmth it is known for.
“The investment has allowed us to offer the local community something different, by transforming and strengthening our food and drink menus, as well as introducing free WiFi. I want customers to experience a warm and welcoming service, and the team and I can’t wait to reopen and see the customers’ reaction.”
Punch Taverns’ Partnership Development Manager, Jason Ronan, added: “It’s great that Punch can invest in our pubs and the County will be our largest spend this year. We want to restore the traditional charm and character whilst bringing it into the 21st century.
“Following feedback from local customers we have also decided to keep the famous rotating entrance doors within our design.
“The refurbishment has been the talk of the town for some months and it won’t disappoint. The investment has given the County the lease of life it needed to become one of the flagship hotels that can provide great food and drinks for residents in Priestpopple and the surrounding areas.
“Everyone is really excited about the reopening and I expect the launch night to be busy with local residents eager to experience the hotel’s new look and food offer.”