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Luxury hotel set for redevelopment

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Plans for the £200,000 refurbishment of Rockliffe Hall in County Durham will include a restructure of the kitchen and the installation of new catering equipment.

The property reopened in 2009 following a major £65 million renovation project on the 19th century building, and is now a five-star resort with three restaurants, a golf course and a spa.

It is hoping to maintain growth levels and add extra capacity through this new investment, managing director Nick Holmes explained.

He said the project is aimed at "creating new options for our guests, new jobs for people in the region and new opportunities for us as a consistently growing business".

Flagship restaurant The Orangery will now be able to serve around 80 covers thanks to the provision of better kitchen equipment, with its decor, artwork, furniture and lighting also in line for improvement.

Kenny Atkinson, director of food at Rockliffe Hall, revealed that "our kitchens are being extended and reorganised so that we can offer guests more choice at various times of the day", but stressed that authenticity and quality will still be at the centre of everything the establishment does.

"The greater kitchen space means we can train more chefs in traditional skills - such as butchery, for example - and also give guests the chance to meet our team," he explained.

The food director concluded that, with people increasingly interested in the theatre behind restaurant cooking, the establishment hopes to use its refurbished kitchen as a venue to stage various events that will give members of the public an insight into how their meals are prepared.

Rockliffe Hall has won a number of awards since its 2009 reopening, including large hotel of the year at the North-East Tourism Awards 2011 and the Silver Award for Business Tourism from Enjoy England in the same year.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801507226-ADNFCR

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