Buyers are found for historic hotels

The Royal Hotel, and below, the Clifton Hotel
The Royal Hotel, and below, the Clifton Hotel

NEW owners have been found for two historic Scarborough hotels, it has been announced.

The Royal Hotel in St Nicholas Street, and the Clifton Hotel, in Queen’s Parade, had both been in administration.

Clifton Hotel '113138c

Clifton Hotel '113138c

But it was revealed late yesterday that both businesses had been sold as going concern businesses by administrators David Whitehouse and Sarah Bell.

The Royal Hotel was sold to Cheshire-based Ambassador (East Cliff) Limited and The Clifton Hotel to Britannia Hotel Wolverhampton Limited. All of the jobs at the hotels have been saved. Both had been owned by English Rose Hotels.

David Whitehouse, of global financial advisory and investment banking firm Duff & Phelps, said: “Whilst trading conditions in the hotel and leisure sector in the UK remain difficult I am pleased to announce the successful sale of these two hotels.

“The sale to an established hotel operator will now provide certainty to both employees and surrounding businesses.”

The 70-bedroom Clifton Hotel, which boasts views across Scarborough’s castle headland and the North Bay, is renowned for its links with First World War poet Wilfred Owen.

In late 1917 Owen was posted to a reserve battalion, based at the Clifton, which was then known as The Clarence Gardens Hotel.

While there, he was able to take time away from his clerical duties and escape to his turret bedroom where he produced Miners, the first of his poems to be published.

The Royal Hotel, a listed property with 118 beds, was one of the first large hotels to be built in the north of England when it opened 190 years ago.

In 1935 the building was bought by Tom Laughton, brother of famous actor Charles Laughton. He invested heavily in the hotel and introduced many valuable antiques.

Celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin and Bette Davis have stayed there.

The development was announced on the Evening News website yesterday evening.