Spennymoor’s newest pub has hired a General Manager after a national search and installed her ready for launch in August.
We're delighted to announce that Lorraine Smith has become the first member of staff at The Moors Tavern, which is in the midst of a full refurbishment ahead of relaunch next month.
The pub, formerly known as The Salvin Arms, was recently bought by Red Oak Taverns and will be rented by the club for at least the next five years. After a three-week search, we hired experienced General Manager Lorraine Smith, who will now set about hiring her team of staff from the area.
Smith has a rich pedigree in the hospitality sector, having worked for Whitbread, Marriott and a number of independently run Hotels, the most recent of which was managing a luxury hotel in York city centre.
Originally from the North East, she has worked across the country, before moving back to take on this latest challenge.
She said: “I was seeking an opportunity that had community at its heart. The club has a loyal following and I am really excited to be opening The Moors Tavern, which will be stunning once the refurbishment is complete.”
Smith’s 15 years of experience in the sector means she knows what she’s looking for when it comes to her team of staff.
“I’m passionate about giving local people opportunities,” she said, “we’re a community pub so we want to create jobs for those in our community. I’m looking for people with talent and enthusiasm to join the team.
“Just as the football club is a focal point, we hope this pub will become one too. We’ll be open seven days a week, so it’s not just Spennymoor Town’s pub.”
Bradley Groves, Chief Executive of Spennymoor Town FC, said: “Lorraine stood out as a quality candidate to take over at the helm of The Moors Tavern. We received many applications but her experience speaks for itself and her manner and personality are just what we’ll need to make it a success.
“The pub will make an attractive addition to match days at The Brewery Field and we hope people in Spennymoor get behind it. I’d like to wish Lorraine the very best of luck.”
Further details about the launch date will be circulated in coming weeks.
The Tyne Crescent gate into Spennymoor Town’s stadium, The Brewery Field, will be reopened in conjunction with the pub, allowing fans attending on a match day a short walk from the pub to the ground.
For further information and updates on The Moors Tavern, visit www.spennymoortownfc.com or follow the pub’s newly created Twitter page @moorstavern.
If you're interested in working at The Moors Tavern with Lorraine, click here to view the vacancies.