York & North Yorkshire

Buyer sought for Judge's Lodgings hotel in York

Judge's lodgings hotel in York
Image caption The hotel and bar was used as a judge's lodgings until the 1970s

Officials looking after an historic York city centre hotel that has gone into administration say they are confident of finding a buyer.

The Judge's Lodgings, in Lendal, went into administration on 6 January.

Now administrator Begbies Traynor says the Grade I-listed building is expected to attract "a high level of interest" from potential investors.

A spokesman for the administrator said the hotel was trading as usual while efforts were made to find a buyer.

The 13-bedroom Georgian town house had been subjected to a complete renovation shortly before running into difficulties.

'Continuing to trade'

The building dates back to 1710 and in 1806 became the official residence of the Assize Court judges and stayed so until it was converted into a hotel in the 1970s.

Joint administrator Andrew Clay said: "Unfortunately, following its recent refurbishment, the Judges Lodgings experienced poor trading due to the economic conditions affecting the leisure and hotel sector."

"We are continuing to trade the business and the hotel is running as usual while a buyer is sought.

"Some redundancies were made prior to our appointment and the popular Cellar Bar was closed, but eight staff remain in place and the bar will be reopened in the near future following some alterations.

"The hotel has an excellent location in a historic building in the heart of the city and we expect it to generate a high level of interest which we anticipate will result in securing a future for one of York's premier hotels."

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