The multi-million-pound refurbishment of one of Tynemouth's most iconic hotels is entering its final phases, as The Inn Collection Group gears up to open The Tynemouth Castle Inn this autumn.
A feature of the town’s Grand Parade for more than 80 years overlooking the famous Longsands, the venue is set to embark on an exciting new chapter following a near 14-month programme of works.
With the first guests expected to check in to the brand-new pub with rooms in early November, the first sneak peek has been given as the fitout process gathers pace.
The changes to the venue are immediately apparent from the outside, with new rendering giving it a brilliant white appearance and new signage and window fittings embracing its art deco style.
Its newly constructed extensions are also fully in place, with additional bedrooms, a new fish and chip shop, Oswin’s, and ice cream parlour Cones noticeably increasing the footprint of the venue.
These are in place of the old ballroom extension that occupied that part of the site and has been demolished as part of the renovations.
Upon entry from a newly created outdoor terrace to the front, that will allow guests to enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the shoreline below, the new bar is found directly ahead.
Laid out in an arrowhead configuration, it stretches back through the new seating areas and is more than ample to satisfy the anticipated demand of the inn.
Boasting several areas that are perfectly formed to create a cosy atmosphere, the venue is already showing the hallmarks that have become The Inn Collection Group’s signature style.
Whilst it is full speed ahead in the bar, the rooms attached to the inn are getting set for their finishing touches, with much of their refurbishment already completed.
New décor, furniture, carpets, and bathrooms are already in situ, with many now only awaiting a final deep clean before being ready to welcome their guests.
Once reopened, The Tynemouth Castle Inn is set to be a popular feature with the company’s eat, drink, sleep and explore ethos seeing the new pub open all day every day.
From its completely new kitchen, breakfasts will be available to both staying guests and walk-ins whilst the seasonal main menus will be packed with traditional pub classics.
Steak and grills are set to be an area of focus, with a broiler grill of the type already in place at key sites including North Yorkshire’s The Harrogate Inn.
Utilising temperatures of 1600 – 1800 degrees Fahrenheit to create the perfect sear, a resting chamber completes the cook to ensure a juicy succulence to the chosen cuts.
For those looking to stay overnight, a total of 72 bedrooms will be in place, with a variety of configurations including, twin, double and family rooms.
Making the most of the commanding position more than 50 of the rooms will offer a sea view, whilst Juliette balconies will allow further opportunities to take in the fresh sea air.
Looking ahead to the imminent reopening, group CEO of The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin said: “This stunning building is an institution on the Coast in Tynemouth and we are delighted to be giving this icon a new lease of life for people in the community and visitors alike to enjoy.
“Our restoration has been a significant investment and has been carefully carried out to preserve the individual character and distinctiveness of the building.
“We are looking forward to being a part of the community and contributing to North Tyneside’s wider economic growth, prosperity and employment opportunities through increased, year-round trading.
“Our improved bar and dining areas are going to attract new and local custom whilst the increased bedrooms will generate increased overnight bookings throughout the year.