Royal Hotel sale to be in ‘near future’

The Royal Hotel. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113904
The Royal Hotel. Picture by Dave Kettlewell. 113904

NEGOTIATIONS are taking place over the sale of Scarborough’s historic Royal Hotel.

The 118-bedroomed hotel, in St Nicholas Street, has been run by administrators since its parent company English Rose Hotels Scarborough went bust last August.

Now, more than six months down the line, administrators say they are “confident” of a sale.

Staff at the hotel have been issued with a letter notifying them of plans to sell the hotel, with all jobs transferred to the new owner.

The letter, from an administrator at Duff & Phelps, states the transfer is “currently expected to take place in the near future”, and that it is understood the buyer is proposing to continue to operate the hotel as a going concern.

Staff are told in the letter: “We confirm that the buyer shall meet with you in due course to consult about the measures which they envisage taking in connection with the transfer.”

However, speaking to the Evening News, administrators said they are still in discussions with a number of potential buyers.

A spokesperson for Duff & Phelps said: “We are currently negotiating with a number of interested parties over the sale of the hotel.

“We are confident a sale will take place with one of these interested parties but it is too early at this stage to conclude.

“As part of the sale we have to legally advice staff under the TUPE regulations, that we intend to sell the business.”

The Royal Hotel has been on the market for the last six months alongside the Clifton Hotel, the Wrea Head, and the Hackness Grange, all of which are being run by administrators following the collapse of the English Rose Hotels chain.

In the last month a buyer has come forward for the Wrea Head in Scalby, with administrators confirming last week that the sale is progressing. They also confirmed they are in discussion with a number of interested parties regarding the sale of the Hackness Grange.