Flood hit hotel set for grand reopening

Feature from the News & Star 23rd June 2016

Last winter the Glenridding Hotel was flooded out four times during the devastating storms which battered Cumbria.

Run by the Ali sisters, the hotel soon became an icon of our region, as its determination to keep going was applauded across the country for embodying the spirit of Cumbria.

Now, just over six months since the first flood waters first hit, the Glenridding Hotel is set for a grand reopening – and it’s looking for people to join the team and be part of the story.

Co-owner Selina Ali said: “Our team shrank quite dramatically after the floods, we are now a team of 8, of what used to be 35.

“We were very much in it together from that day in December when the storm hit us, and from that day on our bond just strengthened.

“We’re now getting excited for the hotel’s transformation to be complete so we can welcome new staff to help us continue the story as we finally reopen the doors.”

Due to open in September, the hotel has undergone a number of improvements, including the renovation of the entire lower floor – now featuring a new bar and lower restaurant – as well installing a state of the art kitchen with all new pizza ovens.
The hotel is looking for a head chef to run the kitchen and work with tv chef Peter Sidwell, who has been helping the hotel develop its new Cumbria inspired menu.imageimage

Peter said: “I am really excited to be involved and help not only the hotel to produce the kind of food they want to, but to work with the wide range of artisan producers in the area that will make the menus in the hotel fantastic.”

As well as a head chef, the hotel is looking for a head housekeeper and a receptionist to the join the team. And with accommodation offered for staff, working for Glenridding hotel also gives people a chance to experience living in area.

“Glenridding is a unique place… not many people can say ‘England’s most beautiful Lake’ is their office view!” said Selina.

“High season can be hectic and busy but you’re literally one minutes walk from the peace and tranquility – the best of both worlds in my opinion. “Glenridding before the floods was a very high sense of camaraderie, and that’s still very much the case now after the floods.”

The Glenridding Hotel reopens on September 2016.

Anyone interested in applying for the role of head chef, head housekeeper or hotel receptionist should contact jobs@theglenriddinghotel.com

We are now also looking to recruit General Assistants. If you are just starting out in your career or wishing to take the next step this is the ideal and exciting opportunity to join the adventure with us.