The new owner of one of the oldest pubs in Newcastle has told of plans to convert the building into a new boutique hotel.
According to reports from Chronicle Live, Leisure group Danieli Holdings acquired The Duke of Wellington on High Bridge for an undisclosed sum and now wants to transform the floors above the pub into 14 bedrooms and create a terrace on the roof.
The group also owns and operates Stack and Hadrian’s Tipi in the city and other plans for The Duke of Wellington would see the Yolo Townhouse – another bar owned by Danieli Holdings – extended into the public house side of the building, subject to planning permission.
Danieli Holdings also said The Duke of Wellington name is set to change, though this has yet to be confirmed.
Its plans for the venue also include live music, an extended roof terrace, a lift to the upper floors, a new disabled toilet and an increased capacity for bigger functions.
Neill Winch, chief executive officer of Danieli Holdings, told Chronicle Live that a substantial investment will be made by bringing back use of the upper floors in the building, which haven’t been used in more than 50 years, and that 30 new jobs will be created as part of the venture.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Winch said: “We are looking forward to investing into the development, whilst also keeping the heritage of the Duke’s cask beer reputation at the forefront of our mind.