A well-known East Durham pub has undergone a major makeover.
After being closed for four months, the Seaton Lane Inn, in the village of Seaton, near Seaham, has opened its doors with a completely new look.
The overhaul includes a total redesign of the inn’s dining and bar area which has an outdoors theme, complete with botanical-themed orangery.
Each of the inn’s 18 en-suite bedrooms have also been refurbished, however, in a nod to tradition, the pub has retained its white exterior.
General manager Paul Brown said: “What a transformation. It is absolutely stunning. The best thing has been seeing people’s reactions when they step inside. We went to great lengths to keep the new interior a secret and the end result is spectacular with real wow-factor.
“The investment has transformed The Seaton Lane Inn into a sophisticated, yet relaxed place you just won’t want to leave and a tremendous asset for business and consumer guests in County Durham."
As well as improving facilities for guests, the regeneration of The Seaton Lane Inn is expected to generate further jobs at the inn bringing the total number of staff employed to 35
The Seaton Lane Inn is owned by North East leisure operators, The Inn Collection Group. Managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are absolutely delighted with the refurbishment and the outstanding level of feedback we have received from customers.
“Their experience is at the very heart of our operations and the investment in this enhanced environment and the contemporary facilities here at The Seaton Lane Inn encapsulates the continual evolution of our group.”
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