Coastal hotel is leading the way to keep it local

Staff at Newton Hall and the Joiner's Arms with Robin Freer (far left) and Collette Stewart (second from right).
Staff at Newton Hall and the Joiner's Arms with Robin Freer (far left) and Collette Stewart (second from right).

A luxury hotel, which is fast becoming one of the country’s most sought-after wedding venues, is launching a recruitment drive, with the aim of building a workforce entirely from north Northumberland.

Newton Hall, operated by the Apartment Group, is looking to employ around 20 members of staff in a range of roles.

And the Newton-by-the-Sea venue intends to keep it local on the job search.

Stefan Bell, operations manager for Apartment Group, said: “We are starting a recruitment drive and we want to employ local people here at Newton Hall. For us that is really important.

“Part of the pull for the hotel is that people love Northumberland and they want to experience Northumberland, so for us, employing people from the area is far better. We want that authenticity as part of the product we are offering and we want friendly, local people who know the area, so we are looking for people who are from north Northumberland principally.

“There are a range of jobs going, from bar and floor staff, to grounds people, receptionists, day porters and working as a concierge.

“We are looking for people who will have a passion for working here; experience isn’t essential.”

Nearby gastropub The Joiners Arms, which is operated by the same company, is also looking for new staff from around the area.

Both venues are managed by people from north Northumberland – Alnwick’s Collette Stewart is at Newton Hall, while Robin Freer, of Beadnell, manages the Joiners.

Keeping it local isn’t only at the heart of the hotel’s recruitment drive and workforce ambitions.

It is also an important ethos for what is served up on the menu.

Mr Bell said: “It is all about local produce; using local butchers and affiliating with the local fishermen. We want both venues to be known for their food and we want the food to be local, fresh and delivered on the day.

“The local produce around here is some of the best in the country.

“Northumberland and the north in general has such quality produce. It would be foolish not to make the most of it.”

And Mr Bell believes both venues are having a positive impact on the village and nearby areas.

He said: “I think we are increasing tourism to Newton. Newton Hall offers quality and has fast become one of the most successful wedding venues in the country, bringing people here on a daily basis from all over. I think the fact that we have revitalised and refurbished a Grade II-listed building has brought a lot of attention to Newton.”

Weddings aren’t the only thing helping to carve out a fine reputation for this Georgian boutique hotel.

It also hosts private parties, corporate events and has its own coastal adventures academy.

Anyone interested in applying for a role at Newton Hall or the Joiners should email their CV to or call 01665 576239.

More details about Newton Hall can be found on its website at