The new owners of The County Hotel in Newcastle are set to embark on an £8m investment programme that will see the building’s drinking, dining and accommodation facilities transformed.
Gainford Group, which owns and operates two hotels in Newcastle alongside leisure venues and a care business, acquired The County Hotel last year in a £12m deal with previous owners Mercure.
Now the family-run group have renamed the property and will plough £8m into developing the business, which will see the creation of a new cocktail bar and all-day restaurant, plus a selection of new suites and three new function suites.
Space ID architects and designers are working on the project having previously partnered with Gainford Group on its Vermont Aparthotel and bars Aveika and Bar Livello.
The first phase will see the introduction of The Hudson, a new cocktail bar and all day eatery, headed up by chef Lee Hardy, scheduled to open in July.
Then 20 high-end suites will be created and three new function suites introduced; The County suite, The Mozart suite and The Strauss suite, designed for private dining.
The group, run by the Khaliq family, want to make The County hotel a ‘jewel in the crown’ for Newcastle.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, a spokesman for Gainford Group said: “Gainford Group is a family run organisation that is proud of our North East roots and we are delighted to start work on this landmark hotel in the heart of Newcastle city centre.
“Since taking over the hotel in September 2016 we have safeguarded over 100 jobs and we intend to double that number with the refurbishment of the hotel and surrounding areas. We are investing a further £8m into the County to restore it to its former glory, whilst retaining the hotel’s original character.
“This is an exciting year for Gainford as we unveil our plans for The County Hotel and other projects within Newcastle.”