Northumberland’s newest inn has opened its doors, bringing with it more than 50 jobs.
The £4.5million Commissioner’s Quay Inn is at the heart of Blyth’s redeveloped Quayside.
One of the first through the doors when it opened on Friday was Blyth resident Michelle Gregory.
She said: “It’s absolutely stunning. We live nearby and have watched the inn being built and couldn’t wait to come and try it. It’s amazing and just what Blyth has been waiting for.”
The inn was purpose-built by Northumberland County Council’s economic development company Arch and is operated by award-winning leisure business, The Inn Collection Group.
Boasting 40 bedrooms across four floors – many of which have stunning views out to sea – it is in pole position when the Tall Ships Race comes to Blyth in August.
It was officially opened by Keith Liddell, CEO of The Inn Collection Group, with Arch chairman and deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, Coun Dave Ledger and council leader, Coun Grant Davey.
Coun Ledger said: “The Commissioner’s Quay Inn is a fantastic, purpose-built venue of the type Blyth has been crying out for.
“It sits perfectly with the redeveloped waterfront and we’re confident it will be a real asset for the town that local people and visitors alike will enjoy.”
The inn will be open 365 days a year, providing qualityaccommodation, and serving food and drink from first thing in the morning until 9pm.
Mr Liddell said: “We are absolutely delighted with the new unit. It is everything we imagined it to be and seeing it come to life with so many people here enjoying the finished product is incredibly rewarding.
“We’re bringing the same approach in Blyth as we have to the other sites in our portfolio which is great-tasting food, a relaxed, laid back ambiance to eat and drink in and excellent value, contemporary accommodation.
“Our other inns have proved hugely popular within the local communities they operate as well as being an important facility attracting visitors to stay and explore the local area from. This is our vision for The Commissioner’s Quay Inn – a place where everyone is welcome, whether you’re dropping by for a drink, a meal or staying overnight.”
Catherine Bellhouse, who has worked with the Hilton Group and the Copthorne Hotel in Gateshead, is general manager of the venue.
She said: “I’m aiming to put The Commissioner’s Quay Inn on the map for the quality of its customer service.
“Giving people a truly great experience, whether they are staying, eating or enjoying a drink in the bar, is at the top of my agenda.”
The expanding Inn Collection Group, a finalist in the prestigious Publican Awards Best Accommodation Operator category and the current Northumberland Business Awards Best Leisure Business, is the biggest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate.
Its portfolio in Northumberland includes North East Tourism Pub of the Year, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick. The group also operates The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham.