Earlier this year, it was announced that two hospitality stalwarts had teamed up to acquire their first hotel in Scarborough to kickstart their new leisure brand.
Simon Rhatigan, who was managing director at Devonshire Hotels and Restaurant until 2016, and Simon Kershaw, former chairman of the northern region of the British Hospitality Association, purchased the 50-bedroom The Mount Hotel in Scarborough, from the Lothian family from Glasgow.
Following a successful sale process, money is now being ploughed into transforming the property, with a nine-bedroom increase and the creation of a 100-cover bar and restaurant, to mark the debut of Rhatigan’s and Kershaw’s Bike and Boot brand.
An in-house cinema and retreat lounge will also be introduced before The Mount reopens its doors under its new guise in May 2019.
A few weeks later and news emerged that the pair had already scooped up their second site, with wheels in motion for an 80-bed new-build hotel in the Lake District.
With ambitions to create a four-strong hospitality brand, Rhatigan and Kershaw are eyeing up development opportunities in the North of England for expansion under the new Bike and Boot umbrella.
They certainly have the credentials to make the new venture a success. Kershaw is a former chairman of the northern region of the British Hospitality Association and also previously headed up Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire, while Rhatigan owned Feversham Arms Hotel and Verbena Spa in Helmsley up until 2011.
He was also managing director of Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants for three years from May 2013.
Bike and Boot Inns
Properties: Two, with two more in the pipeline
Locations: Scarborough, Yorkshire, Peak District