Gala garden party greets The Stables back from refurb

People are invited to celebrate the official reopening of Whitby’s The Stables this Friday (May 12), as The Inn Collection Group officially welcomes the Guisborough Road venue back to trading with a gala garden party.

The site reopened to customers on May 5 following a multimillion-pound refurbishment carried out by the Newcastle-based pub with rooms operator, which has taken six months to renovate the Inn’s bar and restaurant area.

It is the first phase of the renovation which has also seen refurbishments carried out to the existing nine bedrooms at the site, which were originally converted from the 17th century stable block.

Ongoing works are creating a brand new accommodation block on the site and will raise the number of available guest rooms by 30 to 39 once completed in the Autumn.

Running from 11am to 3pm, the reopening day will get underway when representatives from Whitby’s RNLI lifeboat crew and station cut the ceremonial ribbon to declare the inn officially open.

Lifeboats crewed by the people of Whitby have been at the heart of the coastal community for more than 200 years, helping those in trouble at sea since 1802 and in that time have seen 36 RNLI Medals for Gallantry awarded to courageous crew members.

Once formalities are complete, the expansive landscaped gardens will make the most of the forecast good weather, with an array of garden games to be enjoyed whilst taking in the splendid views offered of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Bill Insgate and his Fisherman Friend will provide plenty of tall tales of their fishing prowess as Fools Paradise and The Bread and Butter Theatre Company provide some light-hearted, witty repartee, whilst a serene mood will be set by singing harpist Sophia Penn-Critten

With the kitchen open and the bar well stocked, The Inn Collection Group are looking forward to welcoming visitors and Whitby residents to the new look Inn.

Looking ahead to the official event, general manager Laura Wilson said: “I’m really excited that we’re back to welcoming locals and visitors alike to The Stables.

“It has been a comprehensive refurbishment and I can’t wait for people to see what has been created. It looks fantastic and whilst it is a new look, the pub hasn’t lost any of its character.

“All the changes that have been made have been done to improve The Stables and I’m confident people are going to see that when they come to visit. It’s the best pub in Whitby as far as I’m concerned!”

“We’ve kept all the staff we had prior to the refurbishment so there are all of the familiar faces our regular customers are used to seeing plus real quality to those guys too. We’ve gone from a team of about 12 up to 50.

“We’ve been getting messages on social media and emails for weeks now from people who want to come to us for food or have a celebration of some kind so we can’t wait to get started.

“People love The Stables, and we love the people that come to us so now it’s all about building on that goodwill and delighting people again.”