Green light given to multi-million pound Inn Collection Group pub

The Inn Collection Group (ICG) has been announced as the operator for a multi-million pound 40-bedoom pub with rooms in Blyth.

The Commissioners Quay Inn will be built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, and will be open for business ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships in Blyth next year.

Located on Quay Road, the four-storey building has been designed with 40 bedrooms across three floors providing stunning sea views, while a ground floor bar and eatery area overlooking the river will provide covers for up to 265 diners inside with a further 100 covers outside and offer informal meeting spaces.

ICG chief executive Keith Liddell said, “The Commissioners Quay Inn will be a great addition to our portfolio and the jewel in the crown of Blyth’s harbour regeneration. There is a real shortage of accommodation of this nature in Blyth and The Commissioners Quay Inn will fulfil this current gap in the market.

“The arrival of the Tall Ships next year will really put Blyth on the map and we’re delighted that The Commissioners Quay Inn will be open for business, offering much-need accommodation to visitors so they extend their stay in the town, fuelling more trade for local businesses. Beyond the Tall Ships, the Inn will provide much needed accommodation for visiting businesses to the likes of the Port of Blyth and Catapult.

“In both the short and long term, the new development will give a boost to Blyth’s economy, both from the jobs created during construction and the 35 permanent, full time positions the inn will generate.”

Cllr Dave Ledger, Arch Chair and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “We are excited to be working with a leisure operator of the ICG’s calibre to provide Blyth with much-needed new accommodation provision in a prime regeneration location.

'The development of The Commissioners Quay Inn is in keeping with Northumberland County Councils investment programme in Blyth to boost the area’s economic and tourism capacity. As well as creating jobs, visitors bring vital added spend into the local economy, so this announcement is good news all around.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn is scheduled to open in spring 2016 and we anticipate the inn will be a hugely popular place for people to stay when the Tall Ships arrive in Blyth next August. It will be perfectly positioned for viewing the world-class spectacle and guests can expect to enjoy some fantastic views of the Northumberland coastline too”.

The Commissioners Quay Inn will operate on the ICG model of providing value-for-money accommodation, quality beverages including local real ales, and home made pub fare served all day, 365 days a year.

The addition of The Commissioners Quay Inn to The Inn Collection Group portfolio takes the group’s bedroom number to 180, making the operator, which is backed by Kings Park Capital, the largest private hospitality accommodation provider in Northumberland.

Construction of The Commissioners Quay Inn will be delivered by Bowmer and Kirkland Limited, with work scheduled to start on site later this month.