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Steeton Hall Hotel is set to close at end of the month
8:00am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
Steeton Hall Hotel will close at the end of this month.
Owner Punch Taverns has now confirmed that the Station Road premises would shut on the August 31 weekend.
And it said the nine-bedroom hotel was being put on sale.
Last week, it was revealed that the company was reviewing the future of the site, which has had a temporary person in charge since the sudden departure of the previous tenant in April.
Neil Pickles was asked by Punch Taverns to take over at the helm when the last tenant went.
He said: “I have four pubs – two of which are with Punch, which is why they asked me to step in.”
“But I run pubs, not hotels, and I’ve chosen to come out of Steeton Hall at the end of the month.”
Mr Pickles said he took on the eight staff at the premises when he moved in, and had now offered them all alternative jobs within his businesses.
Mr Pickles added that during his time at Steeton Hall he had honoured all wedding bookings.
Punch Taverns thanked him for keeping the hotel operating temporarily over the past four months and said he had done “an excellent job”.
It added that anyone who had booked weddings at the venue for future dates was being refunded.
The impending closure has affected groups that use the hotel as a base.
Members of Keighley Rotary Club have met there regularly on Mondays for at least 10 years.
President-elect Janet Pickles said: “Our treasurer was told the hotel would close at the end of August and we’d be homeless.
“It’s a real shame because Steeton Hall is an ideal place for us. Some of our members are getting older, and the hotel has flat access, a big car park, a large function room and the staff have been pleasant and helpful.
“I looked around to see what other venue options were open to our club, but it’s not easy to find somewhere to meet for a Monday lunchtime when we can have more than 25 to 40 people attending.”