Hotel plans unveiled

The Duke of Northumberland laid the foundation stone of the Hog's Head hotel watched by Colin Davidson from Northumberland Estates, Andy McLeod  from the construction group Robertson and Keith Liddell of Greensfield Moor Developments Ltd.
The Duke of Northumberland laid the foundation stone of the Hog's Head hotel watched by Colin Davidson from Northumberland Estates, Andy McLeod from the construction group Robertson and Keith Liddell of Greensfield Moor Developments Ltd.

THERE is soon to be more room at the inn for anyone visiting Alnwick, as details about a new hotel are revealed.

With an expected completion date of June next year, The Hog’s Head Inn, aptly named after the pub in the Harry Potter novels, is being built at Cawledge, just off the A1.

The Northumberland Estates venture is to be run by businessman Keith Liddell, of Greensfield Moor Developments, who also has the Lindisfarne Inn at Beal and the Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, and will provide 53 beds and a restaurant.

The £4million project has been designed to recreate the atmosphere of a traditional country inn offering value-for-money food and beverages and accommodation at four-star standard.

Last week, the Duke of Northumberland laid a foundation stone to commemorate the venture.

He said: “It is with great pleasure that I am able to commemorate this venture which has finally come to fruition after many years in the planning system.

“With its reliance on tourism, Alnwick is very much in need of the type of accommodation this inn will be able to offer visitors.

“There has been much speculation over what type of hotel operator might be attracted to the town, and I am delighted that Northumberland Estates has been able to support a local business and assist it in its expansion plans.”

Mr Liddell added: “The Hog’s Head Inn is a unique opportunity for Alnwick.

“There is a strong need for sensibly-priced accommodation to meet the needs of visitors whether they are holidaying in the area or here on business.

“The Hog’s Head Inn will be a huge asset to the Alnwick area, delivering on employment, driving trade with local businesses and in attracting a greater number of people to stay and visit the town and areas surrounding it.

“I am delighted to be working in partnership with Northumberland Estates and look forward to creating a tremendous asset for Alnwick.”

The focus of The Hog’s Head will be on local staff, producers and suppliers.

“It has got to be locally-driven,” added Mr Liddell. “Robertson, the company building the development, is North East-based and will be providing around 40 jobs for local people.”

Andy McLeod, regional managing director for Robertson said: “We are very proud to be working on such an iconic project which is going to be a huge boost to the local area and a great addition to the Robertson portfolio, which showcases the diversity of work we do.”