The Inn Collection Group’s Tynemouth Castle Inn has thrown open its doors following a 14-month programme of refurbishment.
Transformed by its new owners, the venue is now a welcoming pub with 72 bedrooms, just a stone’s throw from Tynemouth’s Longsands. As well as the pub, the venue is home to the new Oswin’s fish and chip shop, and Cones ice cream parlour.
Declared open by general manager Jason Milburn and members of his team with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, the venue proved popular throughout its opening day ¬with more than 500 people eating in the 270-cover interior spaces. The new role as a pub was also on full display, with more than 1,000 pints served in the first six hours of trading. In the evening, crowds flocked to the venue to enjoy fireworks to celebrate the relaunch.
Reacting to the 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. We knew our improved bar and dining areas would attract new and local custom, but we are genuinely delighted to see so many people come down and be part of the first day of The Tynemouth Castle Inn’s new story. There are good occupancy levels for this opening week in the bedrooms too and we are very pleased to see such a strong start.”