A GENERAL manager has been appointed to run a hotel dating from the 17th century which is due to reopen in the spring after a multi-million pound facelift.
Robert Wormall will oversee the running of the Talbot Hotel in Malton once it is launched after work on the renovations are completed.
Mr Wormall, who has been involved in leading venues including The Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey, has already been working as the project manager on the £3.5m scheme.
He said: “ As well as being the hub for local socialising, I believe it will be a huge asset to the town attracting visitors from further afield.”
The Talbot closed in the autumn of 2010 after English Rose Hotels ended its 21-year lease, blaming escalating running costs and low occupancy rates.
Work on the revamp started in September and the Fitzwilliam Estate, which has owned the Grade II listed building for more than 200 years, is hoping up to 25 jobs will be created.
The hotel will be aimed at the mid-range market with 26 en suite rooms costing between £145 and £245 a night. It is hoped that the hotel will reopen in April.