First appointments made at new Fleece Hotel

One of the completed bedrooms at The Fleece Hotel.

The first three management appointments have been made at the new Fleece Hotel in Richmond.

The hotel opens in April as a ten-bedroom luxury hotel, restaurant, café-bar and lounge.

Hotel manager, Jill Loughborough, deputy manager Ayrton Westwood and head chef, Thomas Pickard begin their duties on Monday next week when they will begin the pre-opening activities including recruitment, purchasing and marketing of the property.

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The Fleece Hotel has seen a major redevelopment by Richmond-based Within Reach Developments Ltd and York-based Great Potential Ltd has been appointed as operator of the new hotel.

Peter Coulson, managing director of Within Reach Developments, said: “Our ambition since acquisition is for the Fleece Hotel, as a totally redeveloped Victorian Hotel, to deliver the best in comfort, high-spec bedrooms, quality restaurant, café-bar and lounge, in luxuriously furnished surroundings and with top-class personal service.

“We are delighted to welcome the new management team whose task is now to turn that ambition into reality.”

From left, Ayrton Westwood, deputy, Jill Loughborough, manager, Thomas Pickard, head chef The Fleece Hotel Richmond

The new team begin their duties with the recruitment of their new team and organising all of the equipment and supplies needed for the mid-April opening.

The new hotel will bring around 20 new jobs to Richmond and the owners expect the hotel to be a major contributor to the town and area’s economy.