Media Release: Rockliffe Hall – two years on


TWO years after opening, the leading English hotel resort, Rockcliffe Hall reflect on their journey so far.

Since opening its doors in 2009, Rockliffe Hall has fast made waves as not only the top resort in the North of England, but as one of the finest resort destinations in the UK.

The hotel shot to the top achieving the coveted AA 5-stars within 12 months of opening, alongside being awarded 3AA rosettes for the magnificent Kenny Atkinson at the Orangery restaurant, winning a handful of accolades at the North East Tourism Awards and at the prestigious Conde Nast Johansens awards for Excellence.

Furthermore, the resorts 18 hole championship golf course has been approved by the Professional Golf Association, and the 50,000 square foot Spa facility has achieved ‘5 bubbles’ from the Good Spa Guide.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for Rockliffe Hall, as managing director, Nick Holmes, explains:

“We knew the resort would fast achieve industry recognition, however we are still a new business and we have to plan to develop, grow and increase our product offering in line with our core values to creating lasting memories for our guests – unrivalled, exceptional and individual”.

This comes as the hotel recently announced that Kenny Atkinson – winner on two occasions of BBC’s Great British Menu and two-time Michelin star awarded chef – has now taken on a wider role within resort as the ‘director of Food’.

Kenny will now oversee the menus for weddings and banquets at Rockliffe as well as keeping himself busy behind the stove in the Orangery and the new look restaurant, ‘The Brasserie by Atkinson’.

Already famed for its panoramic views of the golf course and surrounding countryside, the newly-revamped ‘Brasserie’ offers a relaxed dining experience in a stylish and contemporary setting. The Brasserie tempts diners with a choice between the Market Menu and the All Day Menu. Each packed full with a range of sumptuous and mouth-watering modern classics, focused on using the finest local ingredients and seasonal produce.

The new-look Brasserie by Atkinson opened at the end of September, replacing the current ‘Waterhouse’ restaurant in the New Wing of the hotel.

The resort has also recently re-launched the Spa Boutique, which has now really come into its own with a fantastic range of brands that you would normally struggle to find outside of London. The boutique stocks an extensive range of Comfort Zone, ila, Mama Mio skin care products, as well as Harrods favourites Leighton Denny Nails and Daniel Sandler Cosmetics.  New brands now available include Fake Bake, Mister Mascara and the beautiful L’Occitane range.

With Christmas just around the corner, Rockliffe Hall has an array of exciting events including traditional Party Nights, a 2nd Anniversary Ball, Festive Dining and a New Years Eve Gala Celebration.  A wide range of Christmas Gifts are also available both on-line and in the Spa Boutique.  Should you have visiting friends and relatives over the forthcoming festive season, then Woodland Mews Holiday Homes may be the answer for that extra accommodation required.  Two beautifully furnished four bedroom houses are available within the grounds at Rockliffe for short term stays at reasonable rates throughout the year.

To keep up to date with the latest news and developments from Rockliffe Hall visit their website

About Rockliffe Hall:

Rockliffe Hall is the newest and most exciting hotel resort to open in the North of England. Set on a magnificent restored 18th century estate on the banks of the River Tees, it is a destination in itself and a five star home-from-home.

For further media information contact Antonia at Quay2 Media on 0191 296 6800

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Rockliffe Hall,
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Tel: 01325 729999

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