Plans approved for group’s multi-million pound redevelopment of iconic North Tyneside venue

Plans have been given the go ahead for The Inn Collection Group’s redevelopment of iconic North Tyneside venue, The Park.

North Tyneside Council approved plans by award-winning pubco The Inn Collection Group to transform the famous art deco venue into a family-friendly pub with rooms.

The redevelopment includes extensive remodelling to the former Park Hotel’s current bar and dining areas along with the site’s existing bedrooms. The venue will feature an ice cream parlour and fish and chip takeaway while new outdoor seating areas and terraces will make the most of the site’s panoramic sea views of famous Longsands beach.

A previously underused function area will be reconfigured to create an additional 20 bedrooms for guests, including sea view rooms and dog-friendly ground-floor suites.

In keeping with The Inn Collection Group’s child-friendly ethos, the venue will welcome families, outdoor lovers and be dog friendly, embracing Tynemouth’s beach and cycling credentials. It will include secure bike storage, Sheffield bike stands and lockers as well as multi-use wash down areas.

The site will offer on-site car parking with EV charge points.

Once open, the site will trade in line with the group’s ‘Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore’ concept, operating all year round for food, beverages and serviced accommodation.

The Inn Collection Group’s managing director Sean Donkin said: “We are absolutely delighted that plans have been given the green light for the former Park Hotel which will become a truly exceptional venue for North Tyneside.

“The building is an institution on the Coast in Tynemouth but has been in decline for a considerable length of time. We’re looking forward to giving this stunning venue a new lease of life for people in the community and visitors alike to enjoy.

“The Inn Collection Group specialise in exciting but sympathetic refurbishments of aspirational sites like The Park and breathing new life into them once more, while being careful to preserve their individual character and distinctiveness.”

He added: “The restoration will be a significant investment by The Inn Collection Group to improve the offer and quality of the former Park hotel which will contribute massively to the wider economic growth, prosperity and employment in North Tyneside. It will generate increased overnight bookings throughout the year, bringing additional people to the area and improved bar and dining areas to attract new and local custom.

“It will provide knock on benefits to other operations and businesses on the North Sea coast as well as creating numerous job opportunities.”

The Inn Collection Group purchased the 53-bedroom venue on Grand Parade, Tynemouth in March and is the Northumberland-based operator’s debut Tyneside site.

Outside North Tyneside, the group has 30 further inns across Northumberland, County Durham, Teesside, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, Wearside and North Wales.

The venue is expected to re-open in autumn 2022 and will create 70 full time equivalent jobs.