Jobs boost as inn nears completion

Keith Liddell, CEO of The Inn Collection Group, which is now recruiting for new Blyth venture The Commissioners Quay Inn.
Keith Liddell, CEO of The Inn Collection Group, which is now recruiting for new Blyth venture The Commissioners Quay Inn.
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Recruitment is starting for 35 jobs at a new £4.5million inn at Blyth, which opens in July ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships in August.

The Commissioners Quay Inn, with four floors, 40 bedrooms and large bar and dining areas, is initially looking to fill the key roles of head chef, head housekeeper and assistant managers.

Further full and part-time positions will also be created for front-of-house, bar, housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff.

The inn, which is being built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, is the latest addition to The Inn Collection Group, which runs three other sites in Northumberland – The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham – the group’s first city-centre site – complete its portfolio.

Group operations director Sean Donkin said: “We’re excited to be putting the finishing touches to The Commissioners Quay Inn and are looking forward to starting the recruitment of key staff for the inn.

“The Inn Collection Group is a dynamic, fast-growing business with a positive and motivational culture for our employees. These are great opportunities for people who want to take their career in the hospitality sector to the next level to join our team.”.

The Group is the biggest private room-provider in the county.

Chief executive, Keith Liddell, said: “The Commissioners Quay Inn will be the perfect place to watch the Tall Ships when they arrive in Blyth.

“The event is set to bring thousands of people into the town and, along with our new team of staff, we’re looking forward to welcoming both tourists and locals through our doors.

“Our new inn is in a fantastic position at the heart of the redevelopment of the quayside area. We’re excited to be boosting Blyth’s economy.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn will be a great addition to our portfolio and fill the current gap in the market that exists for accommodation in Blyth. Beyond the Tall Ships, the inn will provide much-needed accommodation for visiting businesses to the likes of the Port of Blyth and Catapult.”