Washington hotel’s £250k expansion will create 30 jobs

CHECKING IN: Irene Hollas, weddings and events manager, Martin Hall, general manager, Amanda Bestford, wedding co-ordinator and Chris Hume, head chef at the George Washington Hotel.
CHECKING IN: Irene Hollas, weddings and events manager, Martin Hall, general manager, Amanda Bestford, wedding co-ordinator and Chris Hume, head chef at the George Washington Hotel.
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THIRTY new jobs will be booked in as a business completes its £250,000 expansion.

The Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel in Washington has invested the cash in a new orangery and outside terrace, providing the 103-bed hotel and spa with a bigger dining and event venue space which can take 220 visitors.

Due for completion in coming days, The Orangery will feature a complete glass frontage folding doors which open out on to an al-fresco dining area.

Overlooking the hotel’s golf course, the expansion will create 30 new jobs.

These include kitchen and front-of-house staff and support for wedding and event businesses.

The hotel is also launching a new afternoon tea service and Sunday lunch menu.

Martin Hall, general manager said: “The launch of The Orangery marks a very exciting time for the hotel.

“The investment in creating such a unique, inviting, multifunctional space was carefully considered and allows many possibilities for us to improve what we can offer and add value to our guests.

“As well as an ideal and picturesque space for weddings, The Orangery is the perfect environment for guests to sample our new menus and further meet the demand for our Sunday Lunch service.

“Providing new and existing guests with an excellent level of customer service is of the upmost importance to us and this latest expansion is part of a wider plan which will see the face of the George Washington Hotel evolve over the coming year.”

The project also includes the complete refurbishment of the hotel’s breakfast area, with the extension was officially launched last night with a reception.