Ramside Estates slides into the posh pub with rooms market with new £1.5m development

Hospitality company Ramside Estates has begun a transformation at its newest venture, which will see the group make its first moves into the pub with rooms market.

The group, which owns Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa. Hardwick Hall Hotel and Bowburn Hall Hotel at County Durham, has kickstarted a £1.5m conversion of the former Hope Inn at Sedgefield into an upmarket restaurant with rooms.

Once complete, the property will become the 10-bedroom The Impeccable Pig and feature a brasserie, bar and beer garden.

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The bedrooms will be spread across two levels, some with outside saunas, hot tubs and their own patios.

The restaurant operation will also include a private dining room for up to 20 people, alongside a 125-cover restaurant and smart bar, which will offer a more casual dining experience.

We reported earlier this year that the project had come up against some opposition from locals, concerned about the noise the new business would create.

Councillors agreed however to let Ramside Estates plough ahead with the creation.

The Impeccable Pig is now on the lookout for restaurant and hotel staff to join the new venture.

Experienced assistant managers, bar staff, bar supervisor, waiters, night porters, room attendances and both chefs de partie and commis chefs – amounting to 33 staff in all – are being encouraged to apply.

John Adamson, director of Ramside Estates, said it was a very exciting development for the area.

“The Hope Inn is a local landmark and we are hopefully transforming it into something that will not only be a huge asset for the residents of Sedgefield but will attract visitors from far and wide,” he said.

Anyone interested in applying for any of the vacancies should email their CV to info@impeccablepig.co.uk and mark it for the attention of Pierre Bertolotti, general manager.

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