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Tavistock Hospitality completes 3-year renovation of Sunderland hotel

The landmark seafront hotel in Blackpool has completed an extensive three-year multi-million pound renovation project, which has seen its bedrooms and public areas transformed and a new tea room, pizzeria and distillery bar introduced.

The Roker Hotel is owned by North East based Tavistock Hospitality, and has been undergoing a refurbishment since 2014 with the £250k bedroom makeover the final project to be finalised.

The company, which owns more than a dozen bars, hotels and restaurants across the region, as well as a brewery and distillery, hopes the upgrade will help the hotel’s classification go from a three star to a four star.

The renovation has seen the hotel become home to Let There Be Crumbs tearoom and gelateria; Italian Farmhouse ristorante and pizzeria and Poetic License distillery bar.

Managing director Mark Hird said: “With more hotels now open in the area, we felt it was important to redefine our offering. We are an independent, family-owned business and we wanted this to really shine. We aren’t a big, corporate chain and we’re proud of that.”

“We also nod to our on-site gin distillery – all of the superior rooms are named after a botanical we use in the gin. It’s these kind of little touches that we hope will set us apart and make Roker Hotel the first choice for a jolly good stay.”

Future plans include the opening of a treatment spa on-site, for which work is due to begin in late 2017.