Resurgent Seaburn’s standing as a coastal resort has taken another step forward with the opening of new seafront hotel The Seaburn Inn.
The pub/hotel which looks directly out onto the Blue Flag beaches of Seaburn beach and Roker and is expected to become a key offering in the city’s accommodation sector, offering 40 bedrooms in an area which has seen massive investment to turn it into a tourist attraction and economic engine for the city.
The new hotel, built on the site of the former Pullman Lodge, opened its doors for the first time on Monday, June 7th with 92-year-old local resident Lynn Overend as the special guest of honour.
The pensioner, who lost Stan, her husband of 70 years, three years ago, had told friend and Covid-19 volunteer Dianne Porter that watching from her flat as the new hotel grew from the ground up had kept her going during a lonely lockdown.
And after Dianne booked Lynn the ultimate staycation at the hotel and the hotel bosses found out about her story, they decided to invite her down as the guest of honour at the hotel’s official opening.
It was a nice touch by The Inn Collection Group, which not only showed a community-minded approach but also reminded us that during the Covid-19 lockdown, it has been ordinary members of the public who have been the real heroes and deserve to be celebrated.
The Seaburn Inn hotel, built by Metnor Construction, extends over four storeys and features sea view rooms complete with balconies overlooking Roker Pier and Whitburn, an outdoor terrace, dining areas and a children’s play area.
The Inn Collection Group operations manager Dan Evans said: “We are delighted to have opened The Seaburn Inn on the seafront in what is rightly known as the jewel in Sunderland’s crown.
“It is a superb addition to our portfolio as we continue to expand our presence with sites in exceptional locations across the north of England.
“The Seaburn Inn will be a major asset to Sunderland, boosting the area’s economic and tourism capacity at a time when it is needed the most. We’re excited to be part of the infrastructure in this dynamic part of the North-East coastline, operating as a good, old-fashioned inn with our proven eat, drink, sleep and explore brand and service.”
Coun Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “It’s wonderful to hear how Lyn has watched as The Seaburn Inn has risen from the ground, as one exciting part of our transforming coastal landscape.
“With every new development-driven forward by a council that is focused on establishing Sunderland as a dynamic place to live, work and play – we are creating a more vibrant seaside, with exciting places for residents and visitors to enjoy – all while creating opportunities for businesses to succeed.
“The Seaburn Inn is a tremendous asset and a vote of confidence from an award-winning operator in Sunderland’s seaside.”