AN EXCITING new North East leisure venture which will see a former pub transformed to an upmarket restaurant with rooms is looking to recruit more than 30 new staff.

The former Hope Inn at Sedgefield is currently undergoing a major refurbishment to become the ten-bedroom The Impeccable Pig, which will also feature an upmarket brasserie, bar and beer garden.

And now owners Ramside Estates, which also owns Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa. Hardwick Hall Hotel and Bowburn Hall Hotel at County Durham, wants to hear from experiences restaurant and hotel staff to join the new venture.

The Impeccable Pig is looking for experienced assistant managers, bar staff, bar supervisor, waiters, night porters, room attendances and both chefs de partie and commis chefs – amounting to 33 staff in all.

The transformation of the venue has cost around £1.5m and will see the creation ten luxury bedrooms across two levels, some with outsides saunas and hot tubs and their own patio.

The restaurant operation will include a private dining room for up to 20 people, with the general restaurant able to accommodate up to 125 diners, along with a smart bar which will offer more casual dining.

John Adamson, director of Ramside Estates, said it was a very exciting development for the area.

“The Hope Inn is a local landmark and we are hopefully transforming it into something that will not only be a huge asset for the residents of Sedgefield but will attract visitors from far and wide,” he said.

Anyone interested in applying for any of the vacancies should email their CV to and mark it for the attention of Pierre Bertolotti, General Manager.