Inn Collection Group to open Blyth hotel in July

The award-winning Inn Collection Group is creating 35 jobs at its new purpose-built The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth in Northumberland - its sixth site, which opens in July ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships Race in August.

Recruitment is now starting for the key roles of head chef, head housekeeper and assistant managers at the inn, which enjoys stunning sea views from its vantage point on the quayside. Further full and part time positions will also be created for front of house, bar, housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staff.

The Commissioners Quay Inn, which is being built by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, has four floors with 40 bedrooms and large bar and dining areas, is the newest addition to The Inn Collection Group. The expanding hospitality and leisure specialist is the biggest private bedroom provider in Northumberland with more than 200 bedrooms across its North East estate.

The Inn Collection Group operations director, Sean Donkin said, “We’re excited to be putting the finishing touches to The Commissioners Quay Inn and are looking forward to starting the recruitment of key staff for the inn.

“The Inn Collection Group is a dynamic, fast-growing business with a positive and motivational culture for our employees. These are great opportunities for people who want to take their career in the hospitality sector to the next level to join our team.”

The Commissioners Quay Inn takes the group’s tally of Northumberland sites to four. These include North East Tourism Pub of the Year, The Bamburgh Castle Inn in Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick.

The Seaton Lane Inn near Sunderland, The King’s Head Inn at Newton under Roseberry and the newly acquired The Kingslodge Inn in Durham – the group’s first city-centre site – complete its portfolio.

The Inn Collection Group was a finalist in the Best Accommodation Operator category in this year’s Publican Awards – the industry’s equivalent to the Oscars – and was also named as Best Leisure Business in The Northumberland Business Awards in 2015.

In keeping with the firm's model, The Commissioners Quay Inn will be open 365 days a year providing value-for-money accommodation, quality drinks including local real ales and serve homemade pub food from breakfast until 9pm.

Chief executive, Keith Liddell, said, “The Commissioners Quay Inn will be the perfect place to watch the Tall Ships when they arrive in Blyth. The event is set to bring thousands of people into the town and, along with our new team of staff, we’re looking forward to welcoming both tourists and locals through our doors.

“Our new inn is in a fantastic position at the heart of the redevelopment of the quayside area. We’re excited to be opening in such a great location and to boosting Blyth’s economy with the creation of 35 full-time employment positions.

“The Commissioners Quay Inn will be a great addition to our portfolio and fill the current gap in the market that exists for accommodation in Blyth. Beyond the Tall Ships, the inn will provide much needed accommodation for visiting businesses to the likes of the Port of Blyth and Catapult.”