Pottery greats inspire new boutique hotel venture in Stoke after decade of dereliction

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A landmark building in Stoke is to be given a new lease of life as a boutique hotel and tearoom, after standing empty for almost ten years

The Grade-II listed Bethesda Building in Hanley’s Cultural Quarter was taken over by local businessmen Pritpal Singh Nagi and project manager Mohammed Haroon Khan six years ago, who now hope to transform the property into a boutique hotel after phase one plans were approved by councillors.

The pair hope to create a ‘high-end hotel’ with guest rooms inspired by pottery greats such as Wedgwood and Emma Bridgewater

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The ground floor will be partly converted into an elegant tearoom and restaurant space, with plans having already been given the go ahead by Stoke-on-Trent city council.

The tearoom is expected to be open by Christmas, while work on converting the upstairs into bedrooms will soon begin.

It has not yet been revealed how much the pair are investing in the building, on the corner of Albion Street and Bethesda Street.

Pritpal said: “The hotel will be of a high standard but the room prices will not be excessively high. We want to offer a memorable experience; it is not all about making money.

The Bethesda Building dates back to the mid-19th century for Staffs Potteries Water Board, which had its offices there for 117 years. It later became Heaths Wine Bar, which closed in 2008.

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