AN HISTORIC hotel in the heart of Skegness is undergoing a £250,000 refurbishment to restore it to its former glory - and it’s hoped the move could create up to 40 new jobs.
The Grosvenor House Hotel on North Parade has been taken over by new management after 83 years owned by the locally esteemed Spence family.
New managers Stephen Pickering and Bruce Machan have carried out a major overhaul of the hotel’s dated interior with investment from Kent Pubs to rekindle the imposing building’s historic charm.
Mr Pickering said: “We want to bring it back to its former glory and restore its traditional look while creating a bigger and better venue for the people of Skegness to enjoy as a community resource.”
The pair hope to operate an extended 11 month opening season at the hotel - which could create 40 new jobs alongside existing staff members, two of which have worked in the hotel for over 30 years.
There are also plans to host indoor farmers’ and Christmas markets, which town centre manager Stefan Krause has already expressed an interest in supporting.
The most significant improvements are to the ground floor where a new bar has been designed in the Victorian colonial fashion featuring the Spence family’s authentic handmade furnishings.
It will form part of a three-tier restaurant including a traditional carvery and breakfast service, a sit-down steak-house style restaurant and an ostentatious banqueting and ballroom venue capable of hosting major functions and events.
Stephen and Bruce are keen to foster lasting relationships with local charities and community organisations which are warmly invited to host meetings and fundraisers at the venue.
Further renovations will also be carried out to the 30 bedrooms which should all be ready to cater for guests by March 16 in advance of the grand opening planned for April 5.
A tradeshow organsied by catering firm 3663 is also scheduled to take place today, Wednesday. To find out more about jobs or hosting events at the hotel contact Stephen or Bruce on 01754 763376.