New MD at Northumberland hotel sees £1m turnover boost


A top Northumberland hotel is flying high after new management came in, doubling its workforce and increasing its turnover by £1m.

The Angel Inn at Corbridge welcomed new managing director Kevin Laing in 2011 and the business has since recorded an increase in turnover from £1.5m to £2.5m and has taken its staff numbers from 27 to 55.

The property consists of 16 bedrooms, a self-contained apartment, bar, lounge and barn restaurant, as well as private dining facilities, which was created following the refurbishment of a former Martini bar.

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There is also a fish and chip chop, Angelfish, which opened in one of the historic pub’s outbuildings in 2014 after a £120,000 conversion and has since proved hugely successful.

The Angelfish Hospitality Van – which is ultimately the eatery on wheels – is already booked to be at a series of festivals and events around the region throughout the year.

Plans are now being drawn up to invest further in the pub’s kitchens.

Managing director Kevin Laing said: “The investment we made in opening Angelfish has proved very successful, and we’re very confident that the money we’ve put into creating our excellent new private dining facilities will prove to be just as well spent.”