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Premier Inn gets ready to open in Leek

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Operations manager Jenna Hardy in one of the bedrooms.

  • The reception area.

  • Staff pose for a picture in the restaurant while putting the final touches to the premises.

  • Staff pose for a picture in the restaurant while putting the final touches to the premises

  • The new Premier Inn pictured from Ashbourne Road

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STAFF at Leek's new 63-bedroom Premier Inn are putting the final touches to the building ahead of its opening.

Next Monday, August 18, is set to see the doors opened to the hotel in Ashbourne Road, which incorporates the former Talbot pub.

The original cost was predicted to be £4.5 million, but due to more work being required on the former pub than anticipated, the total investment made by Whitbread, which owns Premier Inn, has been £6.5 million.

The online booking system for Leek was opened last Wednesday and already 39 rooms are booked for next Monday night.

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The following weekend is already a sell-out with all the rooms booked, including one for a bride and groom.

Premier Inn's opening manager Victoria Smith said: "We are opening next Monday, but the official opening ceremony will take place a few weeks later.

"The company has invested £6.5 million on the building which is different to other Premier Inn premises. The restaurant is a bespoke shape and so are the rooms. We have also kept the former pub tower.

"The restaurant has 75 covers and will be open to the public. The building also has an open plan kitchen, reception and business lounge.

"There is also a linen room on each of the three floors.

"The hotel has created a lot of interest and people are calling in to book.

"We were planning to open early in the year, but more work was needed than first thought.

"There are pictures of the Monument and Buttermarket on the walls to give justice to the town.

"We have worked closely with the district council from the start.

"The people of Leek have been so generous and welcoming and have donated items for our charities already.

"The company will also be involved in the community and we are supporting the World War 1 walk through the town in September. Staff are giving their time to marshal the event.

"People seem to excited that we are opening in the town."

The operations manager of the hotel is Jenna Hardy, who has been promoted from her position at Newcastle.

She said: "Already 39 rooms are booked on Monday and we also welcome our first wedding couple just days after.

"Boxing Day is also already looking very busy. All the signs show that this will be a busy place.

"I have worked for the company 13 years and this is a promotion for me. It also gives me a new challenge and I love the area.

"It has opened my eyes to how close the premises are to the town centre."

The new building has created 30 job opportunities which attracted more than 400 applications.

Rooms are available from £35 and these can be booked online.

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