FIRST LOOK: The first Bike & Boot hotel opens in Scarborough


The first Bike & Boot hotel in a new hospitality group from industry entrepreneurs Simon Rhatigan and Simon Kershaw has now opened its doors.

Infiniti Roofing and Construction battled through Covid-19 lockdown and worked with social distancing measures to finish a full refurbishment of the property, which has seen the 50-bedroom The Mount Hotel transformed into the 65-bedroom debut Bike & Boot Hotel, close to Scarborough’s waterfront.

Interior designer Rachel McLane was charged with devising the property’s new look, with ‘renew, repurpose and replenish’ the basis for the project.

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As well as the design and fit-out of the 65 bedrooms, Rachel’s Yorkshire-based designers created eye-catching common areas including the bar, residents’ lounge, film club and restaurant.

Work included bespoke case goods, re-upholstering furniture, sourcing local photographs for bedroom doors, creating graphic blinds using original railway poster designs and producing wall mounts featuring bicycle seats and handlebars instead of the traditional taxidermy heads.

Other bespoke items in the hotel on Cliff Bridge Terrace include clocks made of brightly coloured bicycle bells and flip flops. 

Bespoke lighting was created from old bike wheels and crates, and a bespoke handle for the residents’ lounge is based on the ampersand between the ‘Bike’ and ‘Boot’.

A Georgian inspired colour palette was used to paint over the old anaglypta wallpaper giving the rooms a new identity and feel, and the team also designed and commissioned wallpaper based on activity maps of the area and recreated posters of original postcards of Scarborough from its heyday as a fashionable spa resort. 

“Renew, repurpose and replenish is an ethos at the heart of our work. I believe in avoiding sending things to landfill or bonfires whenever possible, and I am glad to say we have done our little bit with some of the bar and restaurant furniture at The Bike & Boot. This has also helped to reduce our carbon footprint in shipping in new products,” added Rachel, who worked on the concept of the Bike & Boot for two years with Kershaw and Rhatigan, and for the last nine months with the local refurbishment contractor Infiniti Roofing & Construction.

In January, it was revealed that hospitality industry entrepreneurs, had acquired a hotel in Scarborough to launch as the first in their new brand, Bike and Boot.

Rhatigan is the former managing director at Devonshire Hotels and Restaurant until 2016, and Kershaw is the ex-chairman of the northern region of the British Hospitality Association.

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